In San Francisco, Obama made an unscheduled stop in the heart of the city's Chinatown neighborhood, shaking hands with diners and holding a crying baby. After posing for photos, the president pulled out some cash and paid for two bags of dim sum dumplings.
Obama was scheduled to end his three-day trip Friday in Seattle, where he planned to address workers at Boeing's Everett Production Facility.
Republicans have repeatedly cited his high-wattage fundraisers to try to undercut Obama's image with working-class voters. "President Obama campaigned on hope and change, but three years later he's just another typical politician," said Kirsten Kukowski, a Republican National Committee spokeswoman.
Democratic strategist Chris Lehane said the public generally understands that presidential candidates need to raise money among the wealthy but that the key is to have a consistent message whether they're talking to Hollywood moguls and tech titans or blue-collar workers.
"You certainly do not want to come off where you appear that you're elitist," Lehane said. He said Obama's message has remained consistent that Americans deserve a "fair shake" regardless of their economic background.
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