Of course he does, they’re his base.

(NBC NY) — President Barack Obama said the growing protest movement against Wall Street, which has been spreading across the nation, is voicing a widespread frustration about the country’s financial system.

“I think it expresses the frustrations that the American people feel,” he said Thursday. “People are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works.”

Obama said the anger would likely “express itself politically in 2012 and beyond.”

He took questions at the White House after making a push for the American Jobs Act.

The Occupy Wall Street protests started Sept. 17 with a few dozen demonstrators who tried to pitch tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Since then, hundreds have set up camp nearby in Zuccotti Park and have become increasingly organized, lining up medical aid and legal help and printing their own newspaper.