By Sam Youngman - 09/26/11 12:57 AM EDT
President Obama traveled West on Sunday in search of campaign funds and an energized base.
With the third-quarter filing deadline looming this week, the president was attending seven fundraisers Sunday in Seattle and San Jose, Calif., blasting Republicans at every step.
Despite the projected confidence of campaign officials like David Axelrod who said recently that Obama does not have a problem with his base, Obama acknowledged at stops Sunday that "a lot of people are discouraged and a lot of people are disillusioned."
"I need you guys to shake off any doldrums,” Obama said. “I need you to decide right here and right now, talk to your friends and neighbors and coworkers and tell them, ‘You know what? We're not finished yet.’"
“The New York Times” reported Sunday that the Obama reelection campaign will target minorities and other key elements of Obama's base to make up for a loss of white voters who came out for Obama in 2008.
Obama warned the crowd that in 2012, the Republican "alternative I think is an approach to government that would fundamentally cripple America in meeting the challenges of the 21st Century."
"And that's not the kind of society that I want to bequeath to Malia and Sasha and your children and your grandchildren," Obama said.
The president addressed the change in tone from 2008's campaign based around hope and change, saying that when he came to office he had hoped that "because we were in crisis that the other side would respond by saying now is the time for all of us to pull together."
"That was not the decision they made, so from the moment I took office what we've seen is constant ideological pushback against any kind of sensible reforms that would make our economy work better and give people more opportunity," Obama said.
"As we speak there's a debate going on in Congress about whether disaster relief funding should be granted as part of the overall budget to keep the government open," Obama said.
"What makes it worse is that some of the Republicans who are opposing this disaster relief it's their constituents who've been hit harder than anyone by these natural disasters."