Obama says 'disquiet' breeds political cynicism

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President Barack Obama's limousine is parked in front of the home Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and his wife Cindy in Bel Air, Calif., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Obama is attending a Democratic party fundraiser and will later received an award from the foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. Obama is spending 3 days in California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama says disquiet and a sense of frustration in the country are fueling cynicism about government that could hurt Democratic turnout in the November elections.

In a sober political assessment, Obama tells Democratic donors he feels a sense of urgency about the election and needs the Senate to remain Democratic. Republicans have a chance to win control of the Senate this year.

The president says that when Democrats get discouraged, they don't vote.

Obama spoke at the Los Angeles home of Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn before about 90 contributors who paid from $10,000 to $32,400 to attend. Among those attending were Hollywood luminaries Barbra Streisand and her husband, James Brolin, and Jeffrey Katzenberg

Obama is holding five fundraisers for the Democratic Party during a three-day California swing.