Obama will have his work cut out for him when he meets House Democrats on Tuesday and Senate Democrats on Wednesday, other aides said.
“I think the president is going to need to do some things to ease the fears of the 2014ers,” another Democratic aide said. “He’s going to have to say some things that get rid of some of the consternation there. I think the State of the Union address was a good start, but it’s not enough.”
The differences go beyond policies too.
Democrats resent Obama’s lack of engagement with Capitol Hill and the amount of time he has spent fundraising for party committees ahead of a difficult 2014 cycle.
“The No. 1 thing House and Senate Democrats are worried about is, ‘What are you going to do to get a majority or help keep our majority?’ ” said Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf.