Reported By Liku Zelleke
President Barack Obama is making appearances and attending parties to raise money for the Democratic Party’s effort at re-election. Among the first events he attended was an evening at the Los Angeles home of Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.
Among the points that the President brought up in a speech he made to the attendees was the fact that the Republicans had obstructed about 500 bills since 2007.
President Obama and the Democratic Party have been forced onto the offensive as they try to explain to their contributors why they haven’t been able to deliver on promised issues that were important to the base despite their holding the upper chairman and the presidency.
“Their willingness to say no to everything … the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class just gives you a sense of how opposed they are to any progress,” the President said.
He also said that this behavior by the Republicans had actually led to the rise in doubts and discouragement among the people who were hoping that they would fight for them.
There are reports that the President is basing the number of bills on the remarks that were made last week by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“We’re now at more than 500 filibusters. They do everything they can do to stop us from progressing in this country,” Reid had said. He made the comments in reference to the number of times the bills he’d brought to the floor had been shot down.
Among the celebrities in attendance of the benefit dinner were Steven Spielberg, Bruce Springsteen, Samuel L. Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Kim Kardashian.
Last week’s benefit is the first in a string of planned money raising events that is aimed at shoring up the Democrat’s purse as they prepare for mid-term elections to be held in November.