He doesn’t regret his actions at all. He regrets that someone might do it to him. But the Republicans don’t have to filibuster. They are in the majority.
As a first-term senator from Illinois, Obama used a procedural maneuver called a filibuster. Alito was confirmed anyway.
“Some Democrats engaged in a process of throwing sand in the gears of the confirmation process. And that’s an approach that the president regrets,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
Earnest portrayed Obama’s vote to try to block Alito as “symbolic” and sought to contrast it to “Republicans’ reflexive opposition” to Obama nominating a justice to replace Scalia.
McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said the filibuster that Obama joined undercut the White House’s argument.