'We have our blind spots and we have our dogmas and we've got our crazy folks.'7:17 AM, Mar 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama knows that his time is almost up. It's a point he's making to liberal Democratic donors to get them to donate generously in this year's mid-term election.
At a Democratic fundraiser last night in New York City, President Obama said, "I hope you will all step up because, although I'm very optimistic about our long-term trends, the notion that we would waste two years in further inaction rather than move boldly on a path that I think all of us in this room agree on -- we don't have time to waste."
The president continued, "I don't have time to waste. The clock is ticking. There’s less than two years left -- less than three years left. I want to squeeze every last little bit of work that I can during the remainder of my term so that, looking back, I'm going to be able to say that we left everything on the field and every single person I could help in this office -- which is such an incredible privilege -- I helped."
But before that, Obama also took an opportunity in the middle of the fundraiser, to tweak Democrats. "And the fact of the matter is that Democrats are not without our flaws. We have our blind spots and we have our dogmas and we've got our crazy folks," Obama said as the crowd laughed.
"But as a whole, this is a party that is serious about making sure that America is growing and offering opportunity to everybody. And the story many of you here in this room have lived, the success that you’ve lived out, what we're about is making sure a whole bunch of kids behind us can live out that same success. And if I have just a smidgeon of a cooperative Congress, think what we can do these next two and a half years."
6:53 AM, Nov 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a Beverly Hills estate last night, President Obama heard a complaint from a major donor: There's no valet parking at the White House. The complaint was made by Haim Saban, who hosted a fundraiser with the president last night.
Via the pool report:
3:07 PM, Nov 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama is telling Democratic donors to pay. "[I]t's simple, you can write a big ol' fat check," the first lady told Democrats at a fundraiser. "That's what we need you to do. Right now, write a big check -- big huge one -- write the biggest check you can possibly write. Take your frustration, your passion, your hope, and turn that into real meaningful support for leaders who will truly represent the people they serve."
2:01 PM, Jun 30, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Yesterday, millions of Americans received an important email (subject line: "This is important") from no less a personage than the vice president of the United States. Here it is:
9:19 AM, Jun 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a Democratic fundraiser last night, Barack Obama praised the progress he's made as president. "Across the board, people are feeling like, all right, America is moving and it’s moving in the right direction," he said.
Obama continued, "But what we also know --"
"My only interest is making sure that when I look back 20 years from now..."7:02 AM, May 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a fundraiser last night in Chicago, President Barack Obama signaled that he's interested in his legacy as a president and insisted that he's willing to work with anyone.
Store founded by Obama donors.9:48 AM, Nov 29, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden is attending the opening of Washington, D.C.'s first Costco this morning. From the pool report:
9:08 PM, Sep 9, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A racy fundraiser for President Barack Obama in Manhattan featured male dancers collecting tips. The event was called "Gogo for Obama."
9:33 PM, Aug 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden was mocked at a fundraiser he held this evening with donors in the Hamptons. “Welcome to Joe Biden, unchained,” the person introducing Biden said, mocking the vice president for his recent controversial comments.
The person introducing Biden was actor Nathan Lane, famous for his part in the Producers and other acting jobs.
"Barack can't do it alone. He's not Spider-Man. He's not a superhero. He's a human, so we need your help." 5:08 PM, Aug 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama is at pop star Gwen Stefani's Beverly Hills home to take part in "Sunday of Fun," according to the report. The event is a fundraiser for President Obama's reelection effort.
The pooler fills in the details:
11:42 AM, Jul 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
An email with the subject line "SO COOL" was sent this morning to Obama's supporters by the president's reelection team. The email, from Obama for America national finance director Rufus Gifford, encourages supporters to send in cash for a chance to celebrate Obama's birthday--with the president himself at his Chicago home.
2:45 PM, Jul 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
An email with the subject line "Urgent," has been sent to President Obama's supporters by campaign manager Jim Messina. It's a request for campaign cash.
5:15 PM, Jun 6, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Mark Hemingway notes that, "While all eyes were on Wisconsin last night, few people noticed that...residents of both San Diego and San Jose voted to rein in exorbitant public employee retirement packages by huge margins. ... Also worth noting is that these measures had support from key Democrats at the local level."
9:41 AM, Jun 5, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former President Bill Clinton had plenty of praise for President Barack Obama, as the two traversed New York City last night hauling in campaign cash. “I don't think it's important to reelect the president; I think it is essential to reelect the president—if we want this country to have the kind of future that our children and grandchildren deserve,” Clinton told group of Obama donors at the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel.
11:52 AM, Jun 4, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last week, Marc Lasry defended private equity on national television. "Private equity, do they do God's work or are they vampires?" a CNBC host asked Lasry, who is a hedge fund manager. "I think they do very good work," he replied.
Today, Barack Obama will go to Lasry's New York City home. But the president isn't going to voice his disagreement with the money man; instead, he's going to collect a check--$40,000 per person in attendance.