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Obama: House Republicans Are 'Biggest Barrier' To Progress

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While criticizing House Republicans for being too partisan, Obama described himself as "not a particularly ideological person," according to the Post.

The President listed the challenges the country has faced in the past year, from the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting to the government shutdown, but said he was optimistic that those challenges could be worked through.

“It’s understandable, I think, that sometimes people feel disturbed or concerned about whether or not we can continue to make progress,” Obama said, as quoted by the Post, adding “I’m incredibly optimistic about our future.”