Obama hits California fundraisers
June 6th, 2012
11:56 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama hits California fundraisers

(CNN) - While he predicted Republicans would adopt a bumper sticker slogan of "It's Obama's fault" this election year, President Barack Obama on Wednesday maintained he was "very proud" of his work in the past three and a half years.

"They're going to say, 'Well you know what, you're still not satisfied, then it's Obama's fault.' That's the essence of their campaign," he said. "It's very easy to put on a bumper sticker."

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He added: "So we're going to have to work through that."

His comments came during a gala for the gay community in Los Angeles, part of a daylong fundraising swing in California–his third in the Golden State in the past month. Earlier in the day, he attended two campaign events in San Francisco.

Obama trumpeted his administration's work in the gay rights’ movement, including the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the signing into law of the so-called Matthew Shepard Act, a law that qualifies crimes targeting sexual orientation as hate crimes.

"I could not be prouder of the work we've done on behalf of the LGBT community," he said, a little less than a month after he said he was in favor of same-sex marriage.

His growing embrace of the same-sex marriage issue has put the topic at the center of political dialogue in recent weeks. A new CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday indicated a majority –54% - of Americans support marriage equality, while 42% are opposed.

Obama also invoked his 2008 campaign themes Wednesday night and urged supporters to rally this fall to help fuel his re-election effort.

"If anybody other there asks you what this campaign is about, you tell them it's still about hope and change," he said to thunderous applause. "If you remember that and want to work just as hard or harder this time as you did the last time, we'll finish what we started."

Following the event, he headed to a private Hollywood fundraising dinner at the home of "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy. Also spotted in attendance were actresses Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon and Jane Lynch.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Another white lie

    My sticker is just a simple "4 and the door"

    June 7, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  2. getoverit

    Of course we all know it was Bush's fault.... No, wait, it was Reagan's fault... Oh, my goodness, my bad, it was Pope John Paul II's fault... You know what, never mind, for sure it's my neighbor down the street with the barking dog.

    June 7, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  3. getoverit

    California? No way! That's where the dreaded 1% live.

    June 7, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |

    They should sue him for hitting them. He should know better.

    June 7, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  5. Sydnium S. Washington

    Don't push it, Obama.

    June 7, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  6. California Conservative

    Obama partying wih the 1%.

    June 7, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  7. So THAT's why they did it!

    "[It's Obama's Fault]... That's the essence of their campaign," he said. "It's very easy to put on a bumper sticker."

    "... it's the essence of their campaign" That explains all of those "It's Bush's Fault" bumper stickers perfectly.

    June 7, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  8. Lila

    Oh the irony about the bumper sticker! "It's Bush's fault"

    June 7, 2012 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  9. DocReality

    Anything. Anything to avoid actually having to work, lead, or govern. Or make decisions. Fundraisers are where he gets to transmit his favorite stance: present.

    June 7, 2012 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  10. Pete

    America is finding out what many of us knew before he was even elected. Obama didn't bring his game because he didn't have one. No experience, knowing how to read a teleprompter and all the backing in the world by the main stream liberal news media. What did anyone expect from someone who didn't have any experience? The biggest travesty is that the news media hasn't been reporting the recession. Censorship through omission. Where are stories of the boarded up homes and businesses? The lines out the door in bankruptcy courts?

    June 7, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  11. Stephen

    Personally I am excited to see what he can accomplish in his second term, Its been an up hill battle with the GOP being obstructionist. I think given what the Man has had to deal with we all as citizens need to support him and keep him in the Oval office. Are would you rather go backwards?? Its up to you America

    June 7, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  12. X Liberal

    Obama is proud of his work? only if mediocrity is the measure

    June 7, 2012 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  13. Charlie

    I'm done with Hollywood. No more movies. No more TV. Tired of my money going to this bozo.

    June 7, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  14. scott

    I see this guy is still trying to fool people about the good things he done. What a sad little man, for him to say he cares about the middle class is a joke. Sounds to me like he hangs around with all the rich fat cats in California. The average American cannot relate to Hollywood people. IF all he can claim is gay rights, we are in sad shape.

    Romney 2012 for a better America

    June 7, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  15. Jerry

    IT IS Obama's fault!!! Does this man have a guilty conscience or what?! His statements sure sound like it.

    Like some Obamamites say: Just saying!

    June 7, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |