President Barack Obama declared Thursday at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that his first two years in office marked the most productive time in Congress since the 1960s.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel of New York, former Vice President Walter Mondale and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., attended the event.
“I love her. I love her because she smart. And she’s tough. And she’s fearless," Obama said of Pelosi, according to a pool report of the event. “She and I got more done than any Congress since the 1960s ... I want her back.”
But House Democrats face a steep climb to take the majority in 2014. They must pick up a net of 17 seats — a costly endeavor.
A committee aide declined to say how much money was raised, but about 60 people attended. Tickets ranged from $10,000 to $32,400 per couple.
The DCCC has consistently raised more money than its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, each month this cycle thanks in part to the president's fundraisers.
This fundraiser marked the sixth event this year that Obama has attended on the DCCC's behalf.
Former Ambassador Samuel Kaplan and his wife, Sylvia, hosted it. The Kaplans are longtime Obama donors.