Saturday, February 18, 2012

(Updated) Obama in Bellevue (WA): "Republicans out of step with American values"

President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraiser in Bellevue, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Obama is on a three-day trip to the West Coast.Photo: AP / SL

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal reports from Medina (WA):
“Across the board, I have not seen in my lifetime as stark a choice as we have in 2012,” Mr. Obama said. “And that means we’re going to have to work harder this time than last time.”

Mr. Obama referenced Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who stood nearby, as he spoke about including tax increases as part of a plan to reduce the deficit. MORE...
Joel Connelly (
BELLEVUE -- President Obama, at a fundraiser here, weaved the achievements of past Republican presidents -- from Lincoln's land grant colleges to Eisenhower's interstate highways -- to put down today's GOP as disconnected to values and investments that built America.

The President touted manufacturing jobs at Boeing, charmed kids at an unexpected Medina Elementary School stop, but was mainly about the business of collecting campaign cash on a West Coast trip expected to raise $8 million.

The Republican targets of Obama's put downs went nameless, but he applied the rapier during a speech to a $1,000 plate Bellevue Westin lunch that didn't end until the middle of the evening rush hour. MORE...

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