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Obama not too busy for fundraisers

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Politics,Chris Stirewalt,Power Play

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OBAMA NOT TOO BUSY FOR FUNDRAISERS - It doesn’t seems like a good time for a half-dozen fundraisers and a West Coast campaign swing, but President Obama is grinding out two days of glad-handing in Seattle, San Francisco and Beverly Hills. Recall that Obama’s top communications aide last week said that the president could not attend the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Gettysburg Address because of the ObamaCare crash. “Oh, I don't know, there's this whole website thing that someone suggested might destroy the Dem Party,” tweeted Dan Pfeiffer to questions about Obama’s absence. While he’s on the Left Coast, Obama will rally supporters of his immigration plan, but spend most of his time hoovering up donations from his backers in the tech and entertainment industries, including with “Friends” co-creator Marta Kaufmann and Magic Johnson. Fox News has more.

[Ed. Note: One wonders what the executives from Microsoft and Google think about being asked to pony up again for a politician who is now the author of the most famous technical failure in federal history.]

AXELROD DEFENDS ‘REDISTRIBUTION’ - There has been much murmuring on the left because of President Obama’s apology over having made his “if you like it” pledge. The central concern among the president’s base is that his apology was sincere and that he either did not understand his own law or has lost heart for what is an intentionally redistributive program. Liberals hope the promise and apology were insincerely rendered and that Obama is still committed to the essence of his law: shifting wealth from those who have health insurance to those who do not. John Harwood’s Sunday NYT piece is helping reassure liberals that the president knew what he was doing and that his public comments have been insincere. “‘The reality is, any big thing you take on, any big change, is hard to accomplish,’ said David Axelrod, the president’s longtime strategist. In America, he said, ‘we’ve created a sense that everyone can expect to win — nobody has to sacrifice.’ At the same time, Mr. Axelrod argued that widening income inequality has, to some Americans at least, changed the meaning of redistribution. ‘The whole redistribution argument has shifted in the country because there’s a sense that a lot of redistribution has been to the top and not the bottom,’ Mr. Axelrod said.”

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