Obama: Fundraiser in Chief

The president heads to California to raise money for Democrats.

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President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, May 26, 2013, en route to Moore, Okla., to visit with families and first responders in the wake of the tornadoes and severe weather that devastated the area.
President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, May 26, 2013, en route to Moore, Okla., to visit with families and first responders in the wake of the tornadoes and severe weather that devastated the area.

President Obama heads out of Washington on another major Democratic fundraising trip this week, signaling to congressional Republicans that he aims to remove them from control of the House in the 2014 midterm elections.

Obama says he wants to work with the GOP to enact his agenda. But he adds that he would much prefer dealing with a Democratic majority in the House and is helping to fill a political war chest to make that happen. Obama also aims to keep Democratic control of the Senate and is raising money for that purpose, too.

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On Thursday, he plans to be the main attraction at a $32,400-a-person fundraiser in Portola Valley, Calif., and a reception in nearby Palo Alto, and on Friday he will be featured at a Democratic fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Then he is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday and Saturday at the Southern California estate of publisher Walter Annenberg.

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, May 26, 2013, en route to Moore, Okla., to visit with families and first responders in the wake of the tornadoes and severe weather that devastated the area.
President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, May 26, 2013, en route to Moore, Okla., to visit with families and first responders in the wake of the tornadoes and severe weather that devastated the area.

Democratic sources say President Obama will participate in several other fundraisers in the coming weeks, hauling in millions of additional dollars, but those events have not yet been announced.

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Obama recently held fundraisers in New York and Chicago, and his wife Michelle raised money for Democrats in Massachusetts.

Republicans say Obama is spending too much time fundraising and not enough governing.

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  • Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" for usnews.com, and "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He is the author of the new book "Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership." Ken Walsh can be reached at kwalsh@usnews.com and followed on Facebook and Twitter.