WASHINGTON--On Day 100 of his second term, President Barack Obama at a press conference Tuesday seemed taken aback by one particular question: ABC's Jonathan Karl--noting Congress ignored Obama's push for gun control and to deal with sequester cuts--asked Obama, "do you still have the juice to get the rest of your agenda through this Congress?
"Well, if you put it that way, Jonathan -- -- maybe I should just pack up and go home. Golly. You know, the -- I think it's -- it's a little -- -- as Mark Twain said, you know, rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point," Obama said.
"Look, we -- you know, we understand that we're in divided government right now. Republicans control the House of Representatives. In the Senate, this habit of requiring 60 votes for even the most modest piece of legislation has gummed up the works there. And I think it's -- comes to no surprise, not even to the American people, but even to members of Congress themselves, that right now things are pretty dysfunctional up on Capitol Hill.
"Despite that, I'm actually confident that there are a range of things that we're going to be able to get done. I feel confident that the bipartisan work that's been done on immigration reform will result in a bill that passes the Senate and passes the House and gets on my desk. And that's going to be a historic achievement. And I'm -- I've been very complimentary of the efforts of both Republicans and Democrats in those efforts."