Obama to raise cash in New York City next week

President Obama will headline a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York City next Thursday before attending an economic event Friday in Pittsburgh, according to the White House.

Obama has begun to hit the trail to raise money for his reelection campaign ever since he officially announced his reelection campaign in early April.

The president visited the Big Apple last month, when he attended tributes for 9/11 victims and first responders at Ground Zero following the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden.

White House press secretary Jay Carney pushed back on criticism of a DNC-organized meeting at the White House between Obama and potential backers from Wall Street banks, calling the gathering "proper" and "totally precedented."

Carney said Friday that Obama's economic event will take place at Carnegie Mellon University, where the president will talk up manufacturing. 

The event comes after White House chief of staff William Daley had a reportedly tense meeting recently with manufacturers, where they criticized the Obama administration's economic policies.

Carney defended Obama's record on the economy in the face of renewed pressure from Republicans, who spent Friday asking when Obama's so-called "Recovery Summer" will actually begin.

"The fact is that recovery is taking place. Growth is happening. It is not enough," said Carney. "We are in a better position now than we were in January 2009 by far."

-- Alicia Cohn contributed reporting