The White House has confirmed that the president intends to hold at least 14 fundraisers for Democratic congressional candidates, with 10 of the events set for outside of Washington D.C. Asked last month about how politically active the president would be in the upcoming year, White House press secretary Jay Carney joked that reporters needed simply to look at the number of fundraisers to gauge the president's interest in helping Democrats.

Democrats would need to net 17 seats in next year's election to return the Speaker's gavel to Pelosi. Congressional Republicans have complained in recent weeks that Obama is more interested in returning the lower chamber to Democratic control than work with them to reach a compromise on a budget deal - a notion Obama disputed while meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill earlier this week.

"The President handled a variety of questions on a range of topics from the members and reinforced his strong desire, especially now that the election is over, to find bipartisan common ground on a range of legislative priorities," a White House official said of the president's meeting Wednesday with House Republicans.