The president said that it's been a challenging year with the Newtown, Conn. shooting and the Boston marathon bombings.
"We would have hoped that coming out of those two tragedies that we would see a new spirit in Congress of people pulling together and rolling up sleeves and working on the things a broad spectrum of Americans agree on, but that's not what we got," he said. "Instead we got more obstruction and more resistance to getting anything done, most recently culminating in a shutdown that was entirely unnecessary.”
Obama was speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where tickets for supporters cost between $16,200 and $64,800.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Newtown is in Massachusetts.