Obama headed to California for fundraisers
March 14th, 2013
08:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama headed to California for fundraisers

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is heading back to the Golden State for fundraisers in April, emailed invitations to the events show.

"Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that Barack will be back for his first visit of his 2nd term on Thursday, April 4, to help retire the debt of the Democratic National Committee that remains from our victory in November," tech executive Wade Randlett wrote in the invitation to supporters. Randlett is the chairman of the Bay Area Democrats.

The e-mail noted the locations for the two events – a brunch and a lunch – were still being finalized, but said they would take place in Silicon Valley. The invite did offer a price point for each meal: $32,400 to attend the brunch, and between $1,000 and $20,000 to attend the lunch.

Democratic Party officials told CNN in February the president would hold 14 fund-raising events this year for congressional Democrats, 10 of which would take place outside Washington. The others will take place in the nation's capital.

Some Republicans have accused Obama of being overly focused on electing Democrats to Congress in 2014, since the midterm elections are well over a year away.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has dismissed those assertions, saying in early March "it's not a focus of his, particularly, at this point."

But raising money, as evidenced by Obama's upcoming trip to California, hasn't been completely erased from his schedule. And on Wednesday, Obama spoke at a high-dollar dinner put together by Organizing for Action, the group formed from his presidential campaign.

"I used to say that being friends with a politician is like perpetually having a kid in college, because you're writing checks all the time and it doesn't seem like the kid ever graduates. Well, I've graduated. I've run my last campaign. But we're not done with the work that led me to run in the first place," Obama told the crowd of 60, which included Google founder Eric Schmidt.

"I'm hopeful that with your continued ideas and support, your voices, that we can continue to make progress over the next several years," the president concluded

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  1. DG

    Ha, he must need money from his celebrity friends again! A cry for help indeed! Is this guy really our president or a celebrity wanna be! And he only answers to his billionnaire athlete and movie star friends! Do you really think he cares about you, the middle class people, you've been duped!!

    March 14, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Catmandew

    So let's get this straight instead of doing his job Obama is going to sunny California to campaign. I am betting he doesn't have his budget done and April during this fiscal situtation is really not good time to be worrying about raising cash for the election 2 years away. Just start to try and do your job. You can't be present and do nothing like you did Senator Obama, Professor Obama, disbarred lawyer Obama.

    March 14, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Wow! Fundraisers when there are so many pressing issues that need to be dealt with, DOUBLE WOW!!!

    I guess this MAN really likes to rack up those miles. All at taxpayer expense, too!

    With this MAN hypocrisy really knows no bounds. Would one of my fellow Democrats, (with bolas) please tell this Clueless/Divisive Man that the campaign is over. Oh wait, HE is so busy hobnobbing with celebrities, union thugs and other "Benders Forward" that HE probably doesn't realize that HE won a second term and it's now time for HIM to deal with the dire issues facing América.

    Oh well. I am hopeful HE and my fellow Democrats will wake up from their slumber.

    In América, one can still HOPE, right?

    March 14, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Ed1

    Waste more tax payers dollars why don't you fix our economy, find jobs, stop overspending, and be a real leader.

    If you had to live on a balanced income you would never make it always spending money that's not yours it's time you stop the out of control spending and start acting like a leader.

    March 14, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. BJJSchecter

    Wow, you gotta be kidding me.

    March 14, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. Richard Long

    $181,757 per hour to operate Air Force One. Flight from DC to California, roughly 5 hours. $908,785 in Air Force One costs alone. Not to mention Secret Service costs.
    So here is this guy who closes the White House Tours and releases 2200+ criminals due to 'budget cuts', but he can run to California to fund-raise for the millions he spent on the Election?! And also make a cool $500,000 from the OFA. And then he'll look straight though the teleprompter into the camera and say, "screw a balanced budget!"

    March 14, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Wouldn't a Republican president be doing the same? It isn't surprising because any president wants his own party in charge of Congress.

    March 14, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. HenryMiller

    "Obama headed to California for fundraisers"

    And costing American taxpayers $180 thousand per hour using a government asset–Air Force One–to raise money to help elect politicians half of the country will despise. Not to mention the costs of the Secret Service, etc, etc...

    March 14, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. freedom

    He heads off for more schmoozing while closing the doors of the White House to Americans. What kind of a president behaves this way?

    March 14, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Michael B.

    Pure irony.

    March 15, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  11. annie

    This is exactly what the country needs right now. A President who is constantly campaigning and doing fund raisers.

    March 15, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  12. Getoverit

    Obama campaigning? Say it ain't so!

    March 15, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  13. Marita

    In the first 4 years, he never stopped campaigning./fundraising + it is going to continue, while the First Lady continues to audition for her own Talk-show in 2016! I'm almost surprised, she is not on 'Dancing with the Stars' ! – @Marita.

    March 15, 2013 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  14. petemg

    Doesn't he know the campaigning is over and it is time to do his job.

    March 15, 2013 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  15. king

    cpac have their annual bashing the president metaphore for a week event, with lies distortions and wickedness, i dont see any reason for the president not to have a little fund raising event. afterall his party elections are coming up in a year and a half. the dems always are an underdog compare to the repubs. they only have msnbc to combat fox news, cnbc, fox business news, and a hoard of right winged radio stations that outnumbers the dems 20 to one. so the dems would never win a PR fight, especially when the rich are paying them to lie down, because how on earth is the repubs screaming and hollering about the deficit when they are the ones that are not compromising to get rid of it. they have stuff 3 chances of a grand bargain, just because of a dam pledge to not raising taxes and compromise. is it just me or their something really wrong here.

    March 15, 2013 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  16. fiftyfive55

    Does Obama do anything other than campaign ? Does he have a clue as to how to be president or is he just some guy with an expensive suit ?

    March 15, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  17. bryan

    he is going to retire DNC debt while adding to OURS...how much will his fundraisers cost us to fly AF1 and his limo across to country?

    March 15, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  18. Rob

    On the road again and we pick up the tab. Shameful

    March 15, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |