“I think there’s no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trump problem solving,” Obama told Rose when he was reminded of the high hopes voiced in his 2008 campaign. “Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago,” he said.
“And, if you asked me what is the one thing that has frustrated me most over the last four years it’s not the hard work, it’s not, the enormity of the decisions, it’s not the pace,” he continued. “It is that I haven't been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington to reflect the decency and common sense of ordinary people—Democrats, Republicans and Independents—who I think just want to see their leadership solve problems. And there's enough blame to go around for that.”
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