- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

President Obama — who just came off a poll that showed his favor with America had dropped to an all-time low — nonetheless told a high-dollar fundraising crowd that he’s doing “pretty good” and that all’s well on the White House front.

“Whenever people ask me how I’m going, I say, ‘Actually, I’m doing pretty good,’ ” Mr. Obama said, The Hill reported. “I love the work. It is an extraordinary privilege to every single day work on behalf of the American people.”

The president did recognize that the Islamic State situation had created a “sense of urgency overseas,” along with Ebola and Russia’s aggression into Ukraine, The Hill said. But despite all, his outlook was positive — especially since Ebola has only claimed one life on U.S. soil, he said.

“So far, we’ve only got one person dying of Ebola, but people are understandably concerned in part because they’ve seen what’s happened in Africa,” Mr. Obama said, The Hill reported. “This is a virulent disease and it is up to us to once again mobilize the world’s community to do something about it — to make sure that not only we’re helping on a humanitarian basis those countries, but we’re not seeing a continued epidemic and outbreak that can have a serious impact here.”

About 50 people attended the dinner to benefit the Democratic National Committee. And at the gathering, Mr. Obama also harped on one of his favorite topics — that Washington simply doesn’t work.

“[There’s] a sense that things simply don’t work in Washington and Congress, in particular, seems to be completely gridlocked,” he said, The Hill reported.

The event was held at the Chicago residence of Barbara Goodman Manilow, and tickets for entry started at $10,000 a plate, The Hill reported.

“And so all of this adds together to a sense on the part of folks that the institutions they rely on to apply common sense decisions and to look out for working families across the country, that those institutions aren’t working the way they’re supposed to,” Mr. Obama said, The Hill reported.

He wrapped by telling donors they could make a difference, particularly by “making sure that people actually vote in midterm elections,” he said, the news outlet reported.

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