|Florida crucial for Obama re-election|
|Tuesday, 21 June 2011 10:17|
President Barack Obama said Florida is a critical state for his re-election in the upcoming 2012 elections. The president, who was on a primarily fundraiser trip, was speaking to some 80 personal who attended a fundraiser at the Steven Green, a former U.S. ambassador to Singapore under President Bill Clinton.
Paying special tribute to Florida Congressional Representative Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, the Democratic Party’s new leader, he said, “If you’re in a foxhole, you want Debbie alongside you because not only is she charming and she has that dazzling smile, she’s tough as nails. And that’s what’s needed during challenging times.”
The president said, “There’s no doubt that the country has gone through an extraordinary trauma … My job has frankly been to clean up a big mess … We yanked the economy out of what could have been a second Great Depression. We stabilized the financial system.”
Obama said he was making good on his promise to end the Iraq war and withdraw from Afghanistan. He said the financial regulations passed on his watch helped stabilize the economy, led to 2 million new jobs created in 15 months and helped the auto industry become “profitable” again.
“I could not be prouder of the track record that we’ve put together under these trying times,” Obama said.
Obama lists immigration, high speed rail as priorities
He said more needed to be done to invest in green energy, and pass a “smart immigration policy” to keep people from “living in the shadows.” He said he wanted the United States, not China, to lead the way on high-speed rail – this in a state where Gov. Rick Scott rejected billions in high-speed rail money. He also said he wanted the United States to remain a “stalwart ally of Israel” and to not forget “our neighbors in Haiti.”
Turning to healthcare Mr. Obama said, “I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on healthcare, making sure that every American in this country can find affordable accessible healthcare, which by the way will end up saving us money.”
Obama said he’s ready to make his case in 2012.
“This is going to be a values debate. It’s not just dry numbers. It’s not just budgets. It’s about who we are as a people. And do we still have a big optimistic bold hopeful compassionate generous spirit. And is that reflected in our government?”
Making factual an assumption that was already drawn by most Americans Obama acknowledged that governing was tougher than he expected on the campaign trail. He said during the 2008 campaign there was excitement at his victory, but now people realize that the changes promised “don’t happen over night, and some people may have noticed through the pressures and commented, “Boy, his hair is really gray now, and he’s got a few bags under his eyes.”
His next fundraiser was at the Coconut Grove home of Magalie "Maggie’’ and Dr. Jean-Philippe Austin, where he told the audience of about 40 (paying $38,500 per plate), that he was sorry about the Heat loss, reminding them the team had defeated his hometown Chicago Bulls.
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