Obama rallies supporters in Seattle to 'write our own destiny'
President Obama spoke Sunday at a fundraiser for his re-election bid in Seattle, Washington. (Getty photo)
September 25th, 2011
07:51 PM ET

Obama rallies supporters in Seattle to 'write our own destiny'

(CNN) - In a fund-raising pitch in Seattle, President Barack Obama implored his supporters to rally behind him once again, saying that helping secure his re-election is the best way to turn around a sluggish economy and overcome strident political opposition.

"We are tougher than the times that we live in, we are bigger than the small politics that we've been witnessing," he told the audience at the city's Paramount Theatre. "We are a people who write our own destiny, and it is fully within our power to write it once more."

Obama took the stage after being introduced by basketball hall of famers Lenny Wilkens and Bill Russell, the latter imploring the crowd that "as Americans, we must support our president." 

Wearing a tie and button-down shirt with his sleeves rolled up, the president began by referring to the "once-in-a-lifetime economic crisis" facing the nation, saying his administration knew "it was going to take years" to rebuild. The fundamental choice now, he argued, was to go forward with his and fellow Democrats' plans or use the "old worn-out ideas that were tried in the last decade."

"The question is not whether this country is going through times, the question is where are we going next," Obama said. "We can build the America that we talked about in 2008, an America where everybody gets a fair shake and everybody does their fair share. That is what this election is about."

The president touted initiatives such as the auto industry bailout, financial reform and the recent official repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that means gay men and lesbians can now serve openly in the military, a mention that drew fervent cheers from the crowd.

Then, as he has repeatedly since proposing it about two weeks ago, Obama touted the America Jobs Act as key to bolstering the economy by helping small businesses, boosting public education, improving infrastructure and other components.

He reiterated his support for tax reform that would pay for the bill, in part, by having wealthier Americans and profitable large corporations pay more in taxes. He added that he felt it is the government's responsibility to act immediately, and not wait for voters' decisions in November 2012 to act.

"It's time for us to meet our responsibility for each other right now," the president said. "(Citizens) don't have the luxury of us squabbling for another 14 months."

The speech came about six hours after Obama landed in Washington state late Sunday morning. He soon thereafter headed to a fund-raiser at the Medina, Washington, home of Jon Shirley, a former president and chief operating officer of Microsoft. In brief remarks there, he told the attendees that the upcoming campaign will be tough, especially in a climate in which many are disillusioned with government.

It is part of a West Coast trip that includes stops for fund-raisers - some at the homes of wealthy supporters - and town hall events in California and Colorado.

The president's job approval numbers remain low, just as the 2012 campaign is starting to heat up. A USA Today/Gallup poll released last Wednesday - based on a survey of 1,004 adults, and with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points - found that 53% of the respondents blamed Obama a great deal or moderate amount for the continued economic sluggishness. The previous week, a CNN/ORC International poll showed Obama had a disapproval rating of 55%, the highest of his presidency, mirroring other national polling from Gallup and NBC/Wall Street Journal.

His current West Coast swing serves multiple purposes, from raising money for what promises to be a bruising campaign and continuing the drumbeat for Congress to approve the American Jobs Act. In numerous recent speeches, he has implored Congress to pass the bill in order to help jumpstart the economy.

One of his stops Monday will be at the Fig and Olive, a restaurant on Los Angeles' trendy Melrose Place, for a private fund-raiser co-hosted by financial investment officer John Emerson, consultant Andy Spahn, Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon, a Democrat with knowledge of the event told CNN. A ticket to this fund-raiser costs $38,500.

The tour ends on Tuesday in the swing state of Colorado, with a speech by Obama at Denver's Abraham Lincoln High School.

–CNN's Lesa Jansen and Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. T-Prop

    Shut down our roads and airspace, massive taxpayer expense – for a fundraiser.
    Definitely getting my vote.

    September 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER

      HOPE YOU ARE NOT JUST LIMITING YOUR COMMENT TO PREZ OBAMA, THEY ALL HAVE DONE IT

      September 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  2. mikle

    When this man is working. Just raise money and bla-bla-bla-. No more talk about YES WE CAN, CHANGE, DEBT, GITMO.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • Lisa

      I'm from Germany and believe me, there is no one upset by the Script of Tarantino, for this you have to wait for the prrmieee of the flic, but to be honest everyone who is upset by this Script did not understand it. There is nothing to be upset about, because it is not an historic picture, it's more like Tarantinos Comic adaption of trashy World War II movies or comics.On the other hand, of cause we will always be touchy about World War II, because it doesn't matter where you go, germans will be always the nazis. Unfortunatly there is no such name for the americans. Just watch the news and you will see the blood on the hands of your people aswell. If this is not enough for you, then go back in history and you will find more.Now enough with the stress, because this is not the right place for a discussion like this one and we should better try to look for a better future than to deal with the horrible mistakes of the past. Just look out for the movie. I can't wait for it.So much from me and greetings from Germany to every Tarantino-Fan out there.

      July 31, 2012 at 3:19 am |
    • Jose

      Those Pennsylvania bitter clriegns with their guns and bibles weren't just holding on to the aformentioned objects. Instead they clung to the last vestiges of their heritage. Seems like postracial America really translates into wealth redistribution and a desire to phase out firearms.Our taxes subsidize the dregs of society and the System doesn't want us capable of autonomy and self-defense. We don't fit into the totalitarian humanist narrative of history. We, the White gentile working class, are the new Ukrainians. We are the new Kulaks. Our Holodomor is on the horizon.Act accordingly.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:30 am |
  3. Ray E. Georgia

    You know,
    I actually think Obama bellieves this. Who was it that wanted a brain? Oh, it was the Scarecrow. Well Obama needs to borrow it now. He didn't get one.

    September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER

      HEY, I THINK YOU ARE CONFUSED BECAUSE IT IS GWB WHO NEEDED TO BORROW A BRAIN, NOT EVEN MARRIED TO LAURA BUSH HELPED THE IDIOT

      September 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  4. Howard

    Obama wants us to 'write our own demise' ... which we are doing by voting for him.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  5. TT

    No More years for you Mr Obama....keep your jiving for some other country, not mine. All this money you are spending for your campaign...meanwhile back @ the ranch we call "our country". We are lost & you want us to pay more. Get out!!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  6. C-Lo

    We're all free to WRITE our own destinies. Just, once we achieve them, gov't wants half.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  7. jean2009

    Obama – Biden 2012

    September 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Don

      Why not reelect them if you're enjoying the destruction of America by these two clueless socialist. You must be a Liberal.....God bless you.

      September 27, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  8. Handofdoom

    Obama is the first president to become a billionaire !
    Anyone that will or has "fundamentally cripple America," IS NO ONE but OBAMA !

    September 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • A PROUD OBAMA SUPPORTER

      CRIPPLE AMERICA! REALLY, OK LETS TAKE A STEP BACK, THE FIRST BAILOUT CHECKS WENT OUT UNDER GWB, THEN GW BORROWS MONEY FROM CHINA SO WE CAN ALL GET A TOKEN $600 CHECK. LET'S SEE UNDER GW WE WENT INTO 2 WARS 1 OF WHICH WAS JUST OUT RIGHT INVASION OF A COUNTRY WHERE WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR WMD. ACCORDING TO MY 401k THE ECONOMY ALREADY TANKED BEFOR PREZ OBAMA TOOK OFFICE. CHECK YOUR FACTS BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR PIE HOLE. GWB TOOK OFFICE HIS FIRST TERM WITH A HUGE SURPLUS AND MANAGED TO DESTROY OUR ECONOMY IN 8 YEARS AND YOU THINK OBAMA CAN DIG US OUT OF THE CRAP GWB LEFT US IN. GET REAL

      September 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • Sagar

      I will always srppout QT no matter what films he makes. I will pay my ticket and watch the film. On the other hand I have seen what bad casting does to even QT films. Death Proof is a good example. Most the actors were unbearable. All the girls just mimicked QT's speech patterns. It was like a bunch of cheap QT knock offs babbling. I won't even go into Eli Roth. Kurt Russel was one of the only good actors in the film. He actually made a character instead of just memorizing dialogue.

      July 31, 2012 at 3:56 am |
  9. Don

    Obama, you're destiny has already been written and you're a total failure. Anyone who says that we're heading in the right direction when unemployment is abouve 9% and people are still losing their homes has some serious issues.

    September 27, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Obama/Biden 2012! You go Obama...Yes we can, yes we will again!

    September 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm |