At fundraisers, Obama says 60% of 2008 promises kept

Written by Reuters | Los Angeles | Updated: Oct 26 2011, 05:31am hrs
President Barack racked up cash for his re-election campaign at fundraisers in Nevada and California on Monday, declaring that he had kept 60% of the promises he made as a candidate in 2008.

Obama is in the middle of a three-day swing through battleground states in the West, a trip that Republicans have blasted as evidence that he cares more about saving his own job than helping unemployed Americans.

Mixing official White House business with stops to raise funds, Obama who is far ahead of his rivals in campaign cash is working to expand the financial advantage he hopes to maintain next year.

As part of his message at one fundraiser, where some 40 donors each paid $35,800 to attend, Obama listed his accomplishments since entering office in 2009 and said he needed more time to finish what his administration had begun.

A lot of the things that we promised wed do, weve done, Obama said, citing healthcare reform and ending the dont ask, dont tell policy preventing gay men and women from serving openly in the US military. I carry around a little checklist, and I think weve got about 60% of it done so far. And thats not bad for three years, because I need another five.

Obama, whose small audience included actor Will Smith and former basketball star Magic Johnson, touted an initiative he announced earlier to help struggling homeowners refinance their mortgages.

That could free up billions of dollars for American consumers who can then shop and go to Wills movies, spend money at whatever business Magic has these days, and could help grow the economy overall, he said.

Obama held a second fundraiser in the Los Angeles area at the home of actress Melanie Griffith and actor Antonio Banderas. Tickets for the roughly 200 guests started at $5,000 a head.