Obama: Don't Make Me Clean Up Your Mess Again
Obama called "the basic American compact" the promises of a job with a "living wage," college education and health care "if you work hard, if you're responsible, if you're looking after your family."
He hit the standard "change" notes about the Lilly Ledbetter equal pay act, the auto bailout, fuel-efficiency standards, and the end of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving openly in the military.
"And we are going to insure another 30 million people in this country, and we are making sure if you've got health insurance that they can't drop you when you get sick -- the strongest patient protection bill that we’ve ever seen when it comes to health care," Obama told the donors. "That all happened because of you. That’s what change is."
He promised that because of his administration, "al-Qaeda is on its last legs, weaker than it’s ever been."
"And we’ve raised America’s respect all around the world," Obama added.
He said that America should "continue on a course" in foreign policy that is as powerful in diplomacy as military might and that is "exporting our values and upholding core ideas about how women are treated."
Obama began and ended his speech with pleas to put the same fire behind his election effort as the supporters did in 2008. "Whenever you support somebody named Barack Hussein Obama to run for president of the United States, you're betting on the underdog," he kicked off to laughter.
"We didn’t simply work that hard in 2008 just to clean up the mess that had been left," he said. "We got involved and engaged because we understood there were challenges that had been building up over decades that had to be attended to. And we’ve still got more work to do."
The president continued what's sure to be a consistent trend in his campaign -- name-dropping classic Republicans to try to convince voters that today's GOP is radicalized.
"Back in 2008, being an Obama supporter, that was fresh and new, and I didn’t have any grey hair. And this time, we’re all a little older. We’re a little wiser," he said. "Here is the thing I want to communicate to you, though -- that spirit that we’re all in this together, that spirit that Abraham Lincoln understood and Teddy Roosevelt understood and Dwight Eisenhower understood -- it wasn’t just FDR and Johnson and Kennedy, because it’s not a Democratic or a Republican idea, it’s an American idea -- that spirit may not always be evident in Washington, but it’s still out there in the country."
He said that Americans realize "we’re stronger together than we can ever be on our own."
Vowing "I am more determined than I was in 2008," he added that donors needed not to just write checks but get on the phone and knock on doors to propel his campaign.
"So we are going to have a big, important debate in this country and I cannot wait -- because we have tried what they are selling," Obama said. "It’s not like we didn’t try it. We have tried what they’re peddling and it did not work. And we have been spending the last three years cleaning after some of that mess. And I don’t want to have to do it again."