Obama: 'I'm a fourth-quarter player'
October 12th, 2011
09:52 AM ET

Obama: 'I'm a fourth-quarter player'

 By: CNN Political Unit

 (CNN) - President Barack Obama compared his re-election bid to a game of basketball, to make the point to Democratic supporters that he's a strong closer.

 The president made his comments Tuesday night at the second of two campaign fundraisers inFlorida. NBA all-star Grant Hill, hall of famer Patrick Ewing and former all-star and current head coach Doc Rivers attended the event, which was held at a private residence nearOrlando,Florida.

 "I was mentioning to some of the basketball players who were here that this is like the second quarter, maybe the third, and we've still got a lot of work to do. But I want everybody to know I'm a fourth-quarter player," Obama said to applause, according to a transcript of the event released by the White House.

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Topics: 2012 Election • fundraiser
September 24th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Obama's west coast swing: Priceless

Seven fundraisers, a visit to three politically important west coast states and a possible meeting between rock superstar Lady Gaga and the leader of the free world. Cost: Priceless? Perhaps, but for President Obama’s west coast swing beginning Sunday, he’ll raise an astonishing $8 million dollars – minimum – for his re-election war chest.

Against the backdrop of falling approval numbers and another looming government shutdown, the president heads out of Washington, DC, to raise some serious money for his campaign and continue the drumbeat for Congress to approve his jobs bill.

A democratic campaign official shared some details with CNN about the president’s trip. The first stop to another Washington- Washington state that is. His whirlwind money-making tour begins with a bang at the suburban Seattle home of former Microsoft chief operating officer Jon Shirley. It’s brunch for 100 people. The price tag: $35,800 per couple, translating into a cool $1,750,000.

Topics: fundraiser • President Obama • The News
Obama set to raise money in New York
August 10th, 2011
05:17 PM ET

Obama set to raise money in New York

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is scheduled to attend two fundraisers in New York on Thursday to benefit his re-election effort, two Democratic sources tell CNN. One is a reception for 15 people at a hotel. Following that he’ll attend a dinner for approximately 50 people hosted by film producer Harvey Weinstein and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, according to the sources. The dinner will be held at Weinstein’s apartment, one of the sources said. Tickets for both events are $35,800 with proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund, whose proceeds are shared by the re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Earlier this week the President attended two separate events in Washington. He attended a fundraiser with approximately 140 guests at a private residence with its proceeds also going to the Victory Fund. He also went to a reception that night which was a donor outreach event.

CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this story.

Topics: fundraiser • President Obama
The President's schedule Wednesday Aug. 3
August 3rd, 2011
07:50 AM ET

The President's schedule Wednesday Aug. 3

One day after averting passing the debt ceiling bill the president has mostly behind closed door meetings Wednesday. He travels home to Chicago tonight for a fundraiser on the eve of his landmark 50th birthday.


10:35AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press

2:00PM THE PRESIDENT holds a Cabinet meeting / Cabinet Room/ Pool Spray at the Top

3:15PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Clinton/ Oval Office/ Closed Press

3:45PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Attorney General Eric Holder/ Oval Office/ Closed Press FULL POST

President main attraction at fundraisers
June 20th, 2011
01:50 PM ET

President main attraction at fundraisers

 Washington (CNN) - With the end of the second quarter of fundraising closing in, it appears President Barack Obama's picking up the pace.

Monday night the president is the main attraction at two fundraisers for the Obama Victory fund which are both being held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the nation's capital.

According to a Democratic source with knowledge of the fundraisers, the first event is a dinner with Americans in Support of a Strong US-Israel Relationship. The gathering comes just a few weeks after comments by the president in calling for Israel to consider restoring its pre-1967 borders as part of its discussions with the Palestinians as part of any peace settlement. The proposal received an icy response from bothIsraeland from Jewish-Americans.


Topics: fundraiser • White House
President ends day with fundraisers
President Obama speaks to a crowd at a DNC event at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas last week.
May 16th, 2011
11:11 AM ET

President ends day with fundraisers

From CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Mark Preston

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After a travel-filled day, President Barack Obama ends his day with some pure politics.

The president will headline two fundraisers in the nation's capitol Monday night. The first is a dinner at the St. Regis hotel in downtown Washington, with the second a reception at the Capitol Hilton, which is located across the street from the St. Regis.

A Democratic source with knowledge of the events says approximately 650 people will attend the two events, and adds that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, will introduce the president at the reception.

Also helping to introduce Obama is Ernie Green, a member of the "Little Rock Nine," a group of African-Americans who in 1957 were the first black students ever to attend classes  at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

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Topics: 2012 Election • DNC • fundraiser • The News
May 11th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Obama: ‘We saved the country from a Great Depression’

WASHINGTON (CNN) – At a pair of fundraisers in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night, a confident Barack Obama touted accomplishments made under his watch, and declared, “We saved the country from a Great Depression.”

The president said the shrinking economy he inherited “is now growing fairly steadily.”

“I don't think we fully realized how dramatic some of the changes would be as we came into office,” he told supporters, citing his administration’s handling of the banking crisis, intervening in the auto industry, passing equal pay legislation, investing in education and clean energy, doubling exports, ending a war, “as promised,” and working on drawing down troops in Afghanistan this year.


Topics: Economy • fundraiser • President Obama
May 10th, 2011
10:26 PM ET

Obama touts Osama killing at Texas fundraiser

EL PASO, Texas (CNN) - On his first campaign stop since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden, President Obama told some 750 supporters at a fundraiser  in Austin, Texas that bin Laden is no longer a threat.

"Because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation’s uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America."

During his remarks someone in the audience shouted: "thank you for getting bin Laden."

Mr. Obama said the successful operation should "inspire us to finish what we started."


Obama raising some green in red Texas
May 10th, 2011
04:03 PM ET

Obama raising some green in red Texas

(CNN) - President Barack Obama starts his one day visit toTexas with policy, but he ends it with pure politics.

After speaking out on the need for immigration reform at an event in El,Paso,Texas, near the border withMexico, the president travels to theAustin, the state capital, to headline two fundraisers Tuesday evening.

The first event is at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits. A source with knowledge of the event says that approximately 750 people are scheduled to attend the function, with country music artist Robert Earl Keen performing at the gathering.

The second fundraiser is a dinner being held at a private residence, with around 50 people in attendance.

Tickets for the two events range from $44 to the legal maximum limit of $35,800 that an individual can contribute for both the primary and the general election. The money raised will go to the Obama Victory Fund, with the proceeds being shared by both the president's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

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Topics: fundraiser • President Obama • The Buzz
Obama makes light of birth certificate on campaign trail
President Obama steps off Air Force One as he arrives in New York
April 27th, 2011
10:33 PM ET

Obama makes light of birth certificate on campaign trail

WASHINGTON (CNN)–Perhaps a subtle dig or not, President Obama seemed to take aim at Donald Trump on Wednesday evening in New York when he said the reasoning behind the release of his long form birth certificate was his “trying to remind the press and trying to remind both parties that what we do in politics is not a reality show. It’s serious.”

The remarks came the same day that Trump, the businessman, reality television personality and possible contender for the 2012 GOP nomination, said he was “proud” of his efforts, and took credit for the release of Obama’s long form birth certificate earlier in the day.

“Today was a fun day,” the president said as he began his remarks. “Nobody checked my ID at the door.”