“After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want to keys back. No! You can’t drive. We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out.”

Appearing before about 185 people at a fundraiser hauling in $1.3 million at the St. Regis hotel in New York City, the president painted the Republican party in unflattering light, as the party standing in the way of reform.

“They’ve done their best to gum up the works to make it look broken. To say no to every single thing,” he quipped.

For example the president said that despite economic improvements recently Republicans are still falling “all over themselves to argue otherwise.”