May 27, 7:33 PM EDT

Obama: Time left in office 'really concentrates the mind'

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MIAMI (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the relatively short amount of time he has left in office "really concentrates the mind."

Obama told supporters at a Miami fundraiser Wednesday that "we've got to get people involved" politically so Congress ultimately responds to them on issues like climate change, education and poverty.

The president says his administration is working to provide opportunities for all, but some ideas haven't advanced because "we are stuck in Congress."

He says the most important office in the U.S. is the "office of citizen."

Obama addressed a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the home of developer Stephen Bittel and his wife, Sabine, in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. Officials say about 60 people each contributed up to $33,400 to attend.

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