President Obama took the opportunity to flatter House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a fundraiser Thursday for House Democrats at the Florida home of former NBA star Alonzo Mourning.

Obama said the California Democrat "will go down in history as one of the greatest speakers in our history" and indicated that he was eager to return her to her former position as Speaker of the House.

"She is as tough and principled and as visionary as any member of Congress that we've ever seen and I'm grateful to call her a friend," he added.

The fundraiser — the first of six Obama has committed to doing for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — raised at least $16,200 from each of the 75 people who attended, according to a DCCC aide.