Monday, April 25, 2011

Obama assumes re-election: 'We're only a quarter of the way through'

At a small fundraiser Thursday night attended by Hollywood's elite -- Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, and others -- President Obama delivered a re-election pitch that assumed he will in fact win a second term in the Oval Office.

"What we've done has been historic," Obama said, "and we're only a quarter of the way through." Obama has served a little more than half of his term in office; he would be "a quarter of the way through" only if he wins a second term.

Obama made the comment after gently mocking the enthusiasms of some of his most devoted supporters among the Hollywood left. "There have been times I’m sure during the past two and a half years where you’re reading the papers or you’re watching TV and you’re saying, oh, Obama -- why is he compromising with the Republicans?" the president said. "Or, oh, why did health care take so long? And I want a single-payer plan anyway. And golly, if he was just as good a communicator as George Clooney, then I’m sure the American people would understand exactly what needs to be done. Gosh."

The Clooney line "cracked the room up," according to a White House pool report. The fundraiser, which was attended by about 60 people who have donated the legal maximum of $35,800 to the Obama re-election campaign, was held at Tavern Restaurant in Los Angeles' tony Brentwood neighborhood.