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Obama: I'm a 'congenital optimist'

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President Obama explained that he was "actually optimistic" immigration reform could get done.

"I am actually optimistic that we're going to get this done," he said during a Wall Street Journal CEO council meeting on Tuesday, without giving specifics on a political strategy.

"I am a congenital optimist," he added. "I'd have to be, I'm named Barack Obama and I ran for president so, — "

"And won," replied interviewer Jerry Seib.

"And won twice," Obama reminded him with a smile.

CORRECTION: In the previous version of this story, Obama was quoted as saying he was a "congenial optimist".

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