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Obama raises money in California

By Scott Wilson
SAN FRANCISCO -- President Obama raised nearly $2 million Tuesday evening in a series of fundraisers on friendly ground, helping out Democratic senators in general and one in particular, Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is facing a difficult race for a third term.

Obama gave a pair of speeches at the Fairmont Hotel here that highlighted his position on two issues important to the Golden State -- immigration reform and offshore oil drilling, which he discussed in the context of the disastrous gulf oil spill.

On the first, Obama reiterated his opposition to Arizona's new immigration law, which he said came up during his meeting earlier in the day with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill.

"I said to them, 'I disagree with this Arizona law,' " Obama said, adding that he also told them he understood their frustration over the nation's porous southwestern border.

Obama said he urged Republican senators to work with him "if we actually want to solve the problem rather than just score political points." Some Senate Republicans left the meeting critical of what they said was Obama's heavy-handed partisan approach to immigration and other issues.

On the gulf oil spill, Obama said he has told his staff to put "every bit" of energy into cleaning it up. On Friday, he will visit Louisiana, where he is expected to announce tougher standards for future offshore oil drilling, banned for decades off the California coast following a major spill near Santa Barbara in 1969.

In 2008, then-President George W. Bush lifted the presidential moratorium, and Congress allowed its ban to lapse a few months later. But earlier this month, senators from California, Washington and Oregon introduced a bill that would ban drilling off the entire West Coast, citing the gulf spill as the evidence that it is not environmentally safe.

Obama told the audience Tuesday that the government must "revisit how these oil companies are operating."

In his second speech, Obama struck a more partisan note, reprising his metaphor of choice for framing the November elections.

With the economy showing signs of life, Obama has said Republicans are asking for the keys to the car back, now that the Democrats have pulled it out of the ditch.

He added a small twist Tuesday, telling Republicans that "if you want to get in, we'll give you a ride. But we're not going to let you drive." A few people in the audience shouted, "No keys."

But the event -- and the hundreds of people who lined the streets to get a glimpse of his visit to this famously liberal city -- also highlighted the pressure Obama is feeling from the left wing of his party.

At the Fairmont, he was heckled by an audience member who demanded that he move faster to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The White House this week endorsed a compromise designed to lift the ban in the months ahead.

Some demonstrators also held aloft anti-war posters and signs calling on Obama to "break up the banks."

Following the Fairmont events, Obama headed to a private fundraiser at the home of Ann and Gordon Getty.

The Fairmont cocktail reception cost $250 to $500 per person. The VIP reception cost $2,000, which bought "premium standing area" at the reception, according to the invitation.

The dinner, which included a photo with Obama, cost $35,200 per couple and $17,000 for an individual. An official from Boxer's campaign said 1,000 people attended the fundraisers with roughly 100 of them paying for the dinner.

A Democratic Party official said the events were expected to bring in
$1.7 million. Of that, $1.1 million will go to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $600,000 to the Boxer campaign.

By Scott Wilson  |  May 26, 2010; 1:06 AM ET
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I don't know , is it me, or what ? Shouldn't this Boob be impeached for " Direlection of Duty ?" Was he elected to constantly campaign and stump for a bunch of misfits whom he helps to lose just by appearing ? The entire country is falling apart and he's either campaigning or shooting baskets with the Moose . But of course the Destruction of this country is what he and his mentors set out to do in the first place. So, I guess if you look at it in that vein he's a success.

Posted by: puck-101 | May 27, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

We, Californians are ready for political changes and don't want any more Barbara Boxer's in office...We want legislator's who are want to create fiscal cuts and can demonstrate restraint with spending so our nation's deficit can be reduced. We also want polititians to create an environment that promotes the free market with a decrease in taxes and loosen the regulations for businesses...Our state has lost so many businesses because of the oppressive taxes and intolerable regulations....Barbara Boxer's policies are the antithesis both locally and federally...

Posted by: Rhonda5 | May 26, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe that anyone would vote for some of these airheads like Fiorina over Boxer with all her years of experience. The campaign fund raising needs to go towards Jerry Brown's campaign. Meg Whiteman has the backing and money of the Mormon Church behind her and that money is endless.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | May 26, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I guess raising money for your fellow cronies is more important than dealing with real issues like the economy, the oil leak or North Korea. I'm glad to see our taxpaying dollars so hard at work. I wonder if Joe Biden thinks any of those issues are a BIG F'in DEAL?

Posted by: stopthem | May 26, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

he should give the money to the state to pay off some of its debt.

Posted by: staterighter | May 26, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Everyday some idiot from the right scans the paper for articles that deframes this President then they say....Can you feel it Obama house of cards are about to fall? I laugh because that was all I did when Bush was in office and I wasn't paranoid because when he finally had to leave after cheating his way in both primary his numbers were in the low 30's....The Republicans are listening to Karl Rove on the down-low...He was the one under Bush who studied the Hitler files and Nixon papers.

GOP unswayed?

Okay when are you idiots going to realized the GOP will pay dearly in November...Do you people really think if you don't talk about it will go away? Do you honestly think Blacks and Latinos aren't coming out in droves this November? Which has nothing to do with President Obama but a referendum against a political party who is trying to turn this Nation into a "Hitler Regime" and their first victims are Blacks and Latinos

* You have one GOP coming out speaking about how he would had probably let lunch counter continued their racial profiling

* You have a whole State (Arizona) coming out and making new laws that are treating Latinos like Hitler treated Jews and mandating the all Mexicans walk around with their papers

*You have one candidate on the GOP side not been able to know whether or not if Pueto Rico is part of this Country

I don't know about most Caucasians but from where I stand most are darn smart and won't be swayed by the GOP trying to frighten them into thinking....It us against them...Anyone in their right mind that is out of the beltway of the media and politics.... knows the republicans will pay dearly in November

*And now Texas is trying to rewrite history!

No I don't think the GOP know how dangerously their playing with fire....Now that they have this gorilla on their side of the ailse...Nothing else they say....really matter!

Posted by: dove369 | May 26, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Thank Goodness Ms Boxer has the President's support! The Obama Curse practically guarantees she will be voted out and it's about time.

Posted by: Virginiagirl1 | May 26, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

dragon: keep flying your cheap kite. But just to answer you Afghanistan invasion as sponsored by Cheney & Rumsfeld GBA Inc. Oil spill sponsored by Halliburton Cheney, Ms. Chevron Rice and B.ig P.etrol. Terrorist attacks sponsored by TeaParty fanatics. Bank bailouts sponsored by Treasurer Paulson ex-CEO Goldman Sachs.

I'm sorry, I don't believe your admission that "we made a mistake". You probably are still rooting for the GOP.

Drill babies still drinking their Tealade.

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | May 26, 2010 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Do you all feel it?? Obama's house of cards is falling apart. The oil spill, immigration wars, the seemly endless afgan war, Nashville flooding and a no show or concern by Obama, bribery by his white house, terrorist attacks in side our country, billions in bailouts for unions so the taxpayer can pay for someone else's lavish pension, billions in bailout for gold sachs, one of Obama's biggest campaign conributors, trying to nationalize the oil industry like Chavez did in his country. Obama has failed in responding to direct threats to our country and her citizens, but has time to golf and have parties for a mexican pres. and have him stand in OUR house and run his hypocritical mouth. Obama has never stood up for our country and turns his back on Americans while supporting foreign powers. It is all coming apart at the seams..It was only a matter of time before his traitorous nature could not be contained any longer. His left loon administration runs on corruption and reverse racism. Evil is destined to lose and always has. We made a terrible mistake putting this person in office. All his corruption is coming to roost and he is reaping what he has sown...

Posted by: dragonfly777 | May 26, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

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