Obama lauds Pelosi as an ‘outstanding partner’

The president praised the top House Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for their work on behalf of his White House, seemingly backing both in their leadership roles for the next two years.

“I think Speaker Pelosi has been an outstanding partner for me. I think Harry Reid has been a terrific partner in moving some very difficult legislation forward,” Obama said at a press conference in Seoul, South Korea. “And I’m looking forward to working with the entire leadership team to continue to make progress on the issues that are important to the American people.”

Pelosi is looking to cull support for her effort to stay on as the top House Democrat in the position of minority leader for the next two years, after Republicans retook the House by winning roughly 60 seats in last week’s elections.

Centrists have backed away from supporting Pelosi, the latest being Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.), whose spokeswoman said Friday he wouldn’t support Pelosi as leader. Barrow is the 18th Democrat to declare that they would not support the outgoing Speaker.

Obama said that he expected more talent would emerge on the Democratic bench over the next few years, too.

“I think that what we will naturally see is a whole bunch of talented people rise to the top as they promote good ideas that attract the American people when it comes to jobs and investment and how to grow the economy and how to deal with our challenges,” he said.

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