Obama heads to L.A. for fundraising push

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President Barack Obama will spend part of Monday hobnobbing with celebrities and other power-brokers in Los Angeles, continuing a West Coast trip that includes town hall events and fundraisers for his re-election campaign. These fundraisers follow similar events Sunday in Washington state, including a pitch in Seattle in which the president 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.”

His current West Coast swing serves multiple purposes, from raising money for what promises to be a bruising campaign, to continuing the drumbeat for Congress to approve his jobs bill. After his California visit, Obama will end his tour Tuesday in the swing state of Colorado with a speech at Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School. To read the full article visit CNN.com or click here.

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