Obama talks personal politics, says he's 'pretty friendly'

President Obama on Monday said his difficulties driving bargains with congressional Republicans had little do with theĀ personal relationships he has with members across the aisle, instead arguing that partisan politics were to blame.

"I'm a pretty friendly guy. I like a good party," Obama said during his press conference Monday at the White House. He joked that, "now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway, so I'll be probably calling around, looking for somebody to play cards with."

But Obama said congressional Republicans continued to criticize him over policy differences, despite his despite outreach efforts.

"I'm over here at the congressional picnic, and folks are coming up and taking pictures with their family. I promise you, Michelle and I are very nice to them, and we have a wonderful time," Obama said. "But it doesn't prevent them from going onto the floor of the House and, you know, blasting me for being a big-spending socialist."

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