Obama: I’m not one who ‘bleeds’ Dem
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President Obama on Tuesday said he does not always agree with Democrats, even as he laid out the case for why they should lead the country after his term ends.

“Look, I recognize I am the head of the Democratic Party and that necessarily makes me a partisan,” he said at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fundraiser in New York City on Tuesday night.


“But I’m not actually someone who bleeds Democrats. I think back to 2008, and I meant what I said. I don’t think any party traditionally has a monopoly on what’s right.”

Obama then cited past examples of bipartisan cooperation as proof that lawmakers can break gridlock in Washington, D.C.

“I come from the land of [former President Abraham] Lincoln,” he said. "[Former President] Richard Nixon set up the EPA.

“The Civil Rights Act was passed by [former President] Lyndon Johnson, but also [had] a whole bunch of Republican votes. So it’s not inevitable that this is what we deal with, but it is what’s going on right now.”

Obama said the GOP’s nomination of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE for the presidency makes Democratic unity this year essential, however.

“You have a nominee of a major party that shows no awareness of just basic, rudimentary domestic or foreign policy,” he said at the Manhattan residence of Jim Chanos, a longtime Democratic donor.

“[Trump] advertises his ignorance every day. Who proclaims his role model for leadership is [Russian leader] Vladimir Putin. Think about that.”

Obama then called on all listening Democrats to help elect their party into Congress and the White House this November.

“The stakes are really high,” he said. "So I need all of you to step up. And if you do, I think the American people will make the right choice.

“[House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi will be speaker again, and [Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man Pipeline paralysis: The left’s latest fossil fuel obstruction tactic Mueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation MORE will be president, and [Sen.] Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFacebook reeling after damning NYT report Schumer warns Trump to stay out of government funding negotiations Schumer predicts Nelson will 'continue being senator' if 'every vote counted' MORE of New York will be [Senate] majority leader,” Obama concluded.

“And we’ll have a burst of productivity like we did the last time we had a Democratic president and a Democratic majority, and we’ll lay the groundwork for more prosperity and security in the future."

Chanos, the founder of the hedge fund firm Kynikos Associates, took his own jab at Trump while introducing Obama.

"The easiest short sales I've ever had in my life were the stocks and bonds of Donald J. Trump's companies,” he said. “It was like numerous ocean liners hitting many ice bergs repeatedly."