President Obama came to talk high gas prices and the costs of phony political promises in an election year at the University of Miami. But he also raised a goodly amount of money.
At the Biltmore, he raised about $450,00. Later, he attended a fundraiser at the Pinecrest home of powerbroker Chris Korg, where the expected haul is $1.5 million. Later tonight, he flies to Orlando to NBA star Vince Carter's home where he's expected to pick up about $2.1 millon.
At the Biltmore fundraiser, where the cost of tickets appears to have been doubled from $500, Obama was joined by Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Broward congresswoman, and Sen. Bill Nelson, who has kept his distance from the president as of late.
Wasserman Schultz introduced Obama as an FDR-like president, "one of the greatest leaders of our time." She also implored the crowd to remember the 2008 feeling "euphoria...I still get the goosebumps."
Obama acknowledged he’s a different politician than he was four years ago.
"I'm a little grayer, a little dinged up here and there,” he said, “But because of you, that change that we believed in has begun to happen."
Obama boasted about his healthcare law, the growth in jobs, the repeal of the so-called Don’t Ask Don’t Tell rule blocking openly gay service members, and the auto bailout. His biggest applause line: the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Obama credited his donors with his successes.
"Because of you we averted a great depression,” he said. “The American auto industry has come roaring back."
Obama also draw chuckles from the crowd simply by mentioning the Republican debates, which his office has said he doesn’t watch. He earned a few more respectful applause by saying teachers shouldn’t have to “teach to the test” in schools, and for saying the rich should pay more in taxes.
"You should not pay a lower tax rate than your secretary,” Obama said.
-- Patricia Mazzei contributed