Rose asked about the current campaign compared to the 2008 race in which Mr. Obama ran on “hope,” “change,” and “Yes, we can.” “What happened to that? Because that’s not the narrative today,” said Rose.

“Well, it’s funny, you know? I just came back from a bus tour in Ohio. And we’re now starting to get in the campaign swing. And I tell people, ‘This campaign’s still about hope.’ If somebody asks me, it’s still about change.”

But the president said what has frustrated him most since coming to office is “not the hard work. It’s not the, you know, enormity of the decisions. It’s not the pace. It is that I haven’t been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington to reflect the decency and common sense of ordinary people – Democrats, Republicans, and independents – who I think just want to see their leadership solve problems. And, you know, there’s enough blame to go around for that.”