Reporting from San Francisco — President Obama chased campaign cash on both ends of California on Thursday, urging donors to gear up for a tough reelection fight and trying to remind them of all that he’s done for them lately.
Obama hit up donors in Orange County and San Francisco, squeezing in four fundraisers on Day 2 of a West Coast swing.
Although the trip is bookended by official events highlighting Obama's plans to revive American manufacturing, the president spoke little of those plans as he courted his well-heeled donors. In short remarks at the private events, Obama has been emphasizing the part of his record most appealing to his liberal base – passage of the healthcare law, ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military, tightening environmental regulations and ending the war in Iraq.
“And we’ve done all this obviously with some fairly vocal opposition. And we’ve done this even as the weight of the economic crisis made it more difficult,” Obama told a group of about 125 donors gathered for a brunch at a private home in the Orange County coastal community of Corona del Mar.