Obama: Congress an “impediment” to “progress and change”

At a Seattle fundraiser, the president slams the Republican House for overly focusing on the next election

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Speaking at a Seattle fundraiser over the weekend, President Barack Obama described the Republican-controlled House of Representatives as the main “impediment” to “progress and change” in America today.

“The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is the Congress, and in particular the House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people and is a lot more focused on trying to position themselves for the next election,” Obama said.

In addition to slamming the House, the president also ruminated on his own lack of ideological fervor. “I’m not a particularly ideological person,” Obama said, but granted, “There’s things, some values I feel passionately about.” Among them? Building and maintaining American meritocracy, upholding a strong national defense, and preserving the environment.

When it comes to achieving these goals, however, Obama claimed to be “pretty pragmatic about how we get there” and not tied to one particular approach over any other.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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