Obama unleashes frustration over political gridlock

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is unleashing his frustration over perpetual political gridlock and his own inability to bring change to Washington.

Obama's dark assessment comes as he hits the California fundraising circuit in support of his fellow Democrats even while they have been trying to block his trade agenda.

Obama told donors at a Democratic Party fundraiser hosted by filmmaker Tyler Perry Thursday evening that he has struggled "mightily" against division in politics but the system "still is broken."

The event is one of four fundraisers with tickets as high as $33,400 he's headlining for Democrats over two days. On Friday evening, he planned to appear in the San Francisco district of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who opposes his trade agenda.