LEESBURG, Va. — President Barack Obama predicted a tough road ahead as he urged House Democrats on Thursday to stick to their principles on guns, immigration and the economy in legislative fights with Republicans.
He told lawmakers at their annual retreat in suburban Virginia that one fundamental question will guide his second-term policies: Do they give everyone a fair shot at success.
“It won’t be smooth. It won’t be simple. There will be frustrations. There will be times when you guys are mad at me, and occasionally I’ll read about it,” Obama said.
He asked fellow Democrats to remember what led them to turn to public office in the first place — a wish to improve their communities. “If we keep that in mind every single day,” he said, “I have no doubt that we will continue the extraordinary progress that we’ve made already.”
The president also tried to offer hope to Democrats tired of being the minority party in the House.