Americans believe "their government doesn't seem to be capable of working anymore," President Obama told a gathering of Democratic donors Tuesday in New York City.
Obama blamed the growing dissatisfaction on Republicans, saying "the opposition on the other side has become ideologically driven and has become incapable of compromise." By contrast, Obama argued, Democrats employ a "common-sense, practical, fact-based, reasoned approach to solving problems."
Obama also said he planned to go all out ahead of the November midterms to help keep control of the Senate in his party's hands.
"I'm prepared to do whatever I can over the next month on behalf of that vision," Obama said.
The president was speaking at the home of investment banker Mark Gallogly, and tickets to the event ranged between $25,000 and $32,400. It was the president's 14th event of the cycle for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. According to CBS News, it was the president's 48th Democratic fundraiser so far this year.
The event capped off a busy day for Obama, who in the morning announced that the U.S. had conducted its first airstrikes in Syria and in the afternoon, called on the world to come together to fight climate change in a speech at the United Nations.
"Unlike some of the previous United Nations General Assembly meetings, this one really counts," Obama quipped.