June 30th, 2009
09:18 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama gives a big thank you to fundraisers

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WASHINGTON (CNN)- President Barack Obama personally thanked nearly 450 of his top fundraisers Monday night at a dinner in the nation's capital.

The president also braced his financial backers for the fights ahead.

"This is when it gets harder," Obama told supporters gathered at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. "This is when the criticism gets louder." He later added, "this is exactly the moment we need to fight the hardest," according to the pool report by David Jackson of USA Today.

The crowd included members of two organizations, the National Advisory Board, the finance arm of the Democratic National Committee, and Obama's own National Finance Committee; some attendees belonged to both groups.

"Without you, we would not be here," Obama told his fundraisers. He also praised them for also putting their "heart and soul" into what at first appeared to be a long shot bid for the White House.

The Obama campaign raised a record shattering three quarters of a billion dollars during its nearly two year long quest for the presidency. After winning the Democratic nomination, Obama declined public financing for the general election, freeing him of the spending limits that come along with the money. Obama became the first major party candidate to decline public financing since the system was implemented.

The president listed what he touted as his accomplishments so far in office and pledged to sign health care, energy and new financial regulation bills this year, and joked "then we've got a whole 'nother year after that."

Obama added that he realizes that passing major items like health care and energy reform are tough but no tougher than his own bid for the presidency.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Linda

    I wonder how much that cost?

    June 30, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. TCM

    yeah....A big shout out to George Soros, and ACORN...without your illegal contributions and controversial "bundling,' of foreign contributions.....the undoing of America wouldn't be possible!

    June 30, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Carl Benefield

    Thing is, for you Obama fundraisers, you have to live with the big mess he's making of our used-to-be-wonderful country along with the rest of us who wouldn't give him a dime.

    June 30, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The RNC couldn't raise more money than the President even if they had Bill Gates backing them.

    June 30, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Maurice from Ontario

    Stay the course, Pres. Obama! Stay anchored in the values you embrace and share with others. Your leadership is paramount. The town-hall discussions do a lot of good and getting VP Biden involved is also quite effective.

    Stay the course.

    June 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Susan

    .......and the campaign continues. somebody tell him that he is already a president and should work now.

    June 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Traj

    I totally adore my President and his family.... "Do ya thang Mr. President".

    June 30, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Totally turned off ex-democrat

    Our "news " media was as much help to Obama's election efforts as the millions he raised for advertising. What we got was inexperienced leadership with a belief that spending enough money can fix anything. Worked well with the election, but won't work as well with our economy.

    June 30, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Mississippi Mike

    He owes them a lot and has been paying them off with stimulus money. Had he not raised and spent nearly a billion dollars John McCain would have smashed him.

    June 30, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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