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Obama: Unfinished business is job one for term two

By LAURA MacINNIS
February 17, 2012


President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to stoke enthusiasm in California about his 2012 re-election drive, saying he wanted another chance to overhaul immigration and tackle climate change with a second term.

At a series of fundraisers in San Francisco, the Democrat acknowledged he has had a tough first three years in office and asked supporters to summon the energy to mobilize for him again to complete unfinished business on his agenda.

“We’re going to have to be as focused as we were in 2008,” he said, joking that it was “not as trendy” to support him now as when he first emerged as a presidential candidate, but also noting the economic downturn has dampened spirits.

“We’ve gone through three tough years and so people want to hope, but they’ve been worn down by a lot of hardship,” he told 70 people who paid $35,800 each to attend a dinner that included a live performance from soul singer Al Green.

He said his second-term to-do list included making sure health care and Wall Street reforms were fully implemented, continuing to bolster education and scientific research, and advancing U.S. oil, gas and clean energy production.

He also pitched items of interest but left unattended in his first term, including addressing the large numbers of undocumented workers in the United States and facing down global warming.

“We’ve still got to get immigration reform done, because we are a nation of immigrants and we are a nation of laws,” he said, adding: “We’re going to deal with climate change in a serious way.”

“And we’re going to have to figure out how to pay for all this stuff,” Obama said, saying that wealthier Americans – like him and like them, in his words – “can do a little bit more to make sure that kid around the corner has a chance like we did.”

California’s economy is the biggest among the U.S. states and is the ninth-largest in the world, ahead of India, Canada, Russia and Spain.

Obama has been courting support from both Hollywood and the California tech sector as the election year is underway. He is expected to raise $8 million in six fundraising events in California – the first was in Los Angeles on Wednesday night – plus two in the Seattle area on Friday.

“OBUMMER”

About 100 protesters ranging from conservative Republicans to ardent environmentalists gathered on Thursday evening outside one of Obama’s San Francisco fundraisers. Some held signs that included “OMG – Obama Must Go” and “There Is No Hope And No Change,” a throwback to his 2008 slogan.

Ray Sarakaitis, a 71 year-old Tea Party activist, said he had one goal for the November 6 election. “What we’d like to see is Obama’s reign end at the end of his term,” he said outside the reception for 2,500 people, where tickets started at $100.

The Tea Party movement is a loose-knit, grassroots organization pressuring for smaller government and less taxation.

Earlier on Thursday, in Corona Del Mar, a coastal town south of Los Angeles, critics greeted the presidential motorcade with signs reading “Evict Obummer,” “Protect Religious Freedom” and “Gas Prices Up 91 Percent Under Obama.”

The president attended a fundraising breakfast there where 125 supporters contributed at least $2,500. He told them that “naturally” some of the excitement that infused his 2008 White House run had dissipated, but said it was still vital his backers mobilize ahead of the November vote.

“If anything, it’s more urgent and we have to be more determined and more energized and work even harder. And if we do, we’re going to have four and a half more years to change America,” he said.

Joe Goldman, a 22-year-old law student at the University of San Francisco, said he supported Obama but was disappointed the president hadn’t been able to act more decisively in his first term.

“If his administration took bolder action in the beginning, we would have seen a faster path of recovery,” he said before Obama’s arrival in San Francisco. “When it comes to education and economic policy, the president is steering us in the right direction, but it takes time.”

(Additional reporting by Malathi Nayak; Editing by Philip Barbara)

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11 Responses to Obama: Unfinished business is job one for term two

  1. Almandine

    February 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    AND… he’ll sell you an ocean front condo in Arizona – mortgage backed by Fannie or Freddie!

  2. Jon

    February 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I think it’s safe to say that those who can cheerfully stump up $30,000 for dinner haven’t exactly ‘had a tough three years’ and ‘been worn down by hardship’.

    Jon

  3. Fivebyfives

    February 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve seen reports lately that lay out a scenario whereby Pres. Obama is intent on reducing the stockpile of nuclear weapons to levels as low as 300 to 400 warheads.

    If..and I say if…this is truly his intention, then all other “campaign” issues pale in significance. If one is ideologically geared for living on the Good Ship Lollipop, fine. Just don’t sit in the Oval Office. Unilateral disarmament is the one guaranteed path to world war.

    One might say that denuding the United States of a credible nuclear deterrent might help with global warming once a nuclear winter sets in. On the other hand, there are say 300 million people who might prefer to continue living.

    We’ve had 3 years to learn the hard way that Barack Obama doesn’t do ANYTHING the hard way. He will fight for nothing, but will impose his will wherever there is no challenge to his authority.

  4. Almandine

    February 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Re-elect this guy … and continue to smell the fishy rot of our govt and country.

  5. Carl Nemo **==

    February 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I’m thinking this poster best illustrates what four more years with Obama & Co. at the helm means for this country. / : |

    http://sadhillnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/obama-my-work-is-done-here-rome-nero-fiddle-sad-hill-news.jpg

    Carl Nemo **==

    • Almandine

      February 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Amen.

    • Jon

      February 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      You could cut and paste any figure from Sarah Palin to Mother Theresa to Abraham Lincoln into that picture, and it’d be equally meaningless propaganda.

      J.

  6. Almandine

    February 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    • Carl Nemo **==

      February 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks Almandine for both links.

      The Judge Napolitano link is a seminal presentation presenting the Hegelian dialectic in which the Dem/Repub duopolist construct has our nation not only trapped, but within its ‘death grip’ coils of a freedom and free enterprise sucking constrictor.
      It’s all about them and not “We the People”.

      I’m not surprised the Fox News cancelled his show. I posted the same several weeks ago. I’ve watched a number of times just for it inspiring content. This is a “must watch” for all Americans at least those that still think and make discerning judgements as to the future of their nation. As of now they’ve corralled us up with no choice for national remediation other than that of candidate Ron Paul who’s at least supplied a comprehensive plan to save over one trillion per annum relative to our now chronic deficit spending without completely disassembling our government. Link supplied.

      http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/ron-paul-plan-to-restore-america/

      As for the second link concerning four more years of Obama & Co.; seemingly our citizens would rather ‘shoot up’ with four more of the womb to tomb, ‘feelgood’ welfare/warfare state paradigm than face up to the reality that as citizens they are in the sweephand mode to the midnight of their destruction as a nation in the event a summary “seachange” isn’t addressed relative to our nation’s spending habits as well our national posture relative to other nations and individual citizens of planet earth. The war on drugs and terrorism both need to be junked and simply addressed by international policing efforts. Both of these wars against simple nouns have no one to parley or to sign peace accord since they are not being waged against a national front. It’s a MIC friendly, crimpols’ endless ‘dream conflict’ that allows them to bleed U.S. citizens with terminal, unpayable debt until we’re destroyed as a nation. In the endgame they’ll use their high tech armaments to summarily enslave a populace that enabled them both to exist and grow to now out of control, nation-deadly proportions.

      I know…I know Ron Paul is just a ‘guick buck artist and political charlatan per the site owner/ editor and his ‘support team’ at CHB. We best both learn from and listen to our intellectual betters…no? / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

      • Carl Nemo **==

        February 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        “I know…I know Ron Paul is just a [‘guick] buck artist’…”

        Should read:

        re: bracketed word

        quick

        My apologies

        Carl Nemo **==