At the Bel-Air home of Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, President Obama insisted that average workers need more Democrats in Congress.

During his speech Wednesday, Obama complained that Republicans had increased “cynicism and discouragement” about government by blocking Democrat legislation.

“The problem is, is that for the folks worth fighting for–for the person who’s cleaning up that house or hotel, for the guy who used to work on construction but now has been laid off–they need us,” he said. He elaborated they they don’t need them “because they want a handout, but because they know that government can serve an important function in unleashing the power of our private sector.”

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