Obama attended two high-dollar Democratic Party fundraisers Thursday hosted by Silicon Valley executives, drawing attention to the complicated relationship between the president and the high-tech industry. For Obama, Northern California and the high-tech redoubt around Palo Alto has been a key part of Obama's campaign money base. And it is especially attractive to politicians because it is continually expanding. "One of the dynamics that people on the East Coast and particularly in Washington, D.C., may not fully appreciate is that these folks are in a space that is growing," said California-based Democratic consultant Chris Lehane, a former aide to President Bill Clinton. "That adds an entire pool of fresh donor blood into the mix." Obama's message at fundraisers has focused on this year's midterm elections and on retaining Democratic control of the Senate, essential to the remaining 2 1/2 years of his presidency. He warned Democratic National Committee donors at an event hosted by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and tech venture capitalist Sam Altman that Democratic voters were less likely to vote in a midterm election, and said the lack of action in Congress was dispiriting to them.
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"We have to break out of that cycle, and that is what this election is about." Obama emphasized the need to retain a Democratic majority in the Senate. With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the audience, he also called for Democrats to make a push to recapture control of the House, though many party activists have little hope of achieving that. Obama was holding five fundraisers for the Democratic Party during a three-day California swing. Later Wednesday, he spoke at 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's USC Shoah Foundation, offering a staunch defense of Israel. "It's up to webpage us to speak out against rhetoric that threatens the existence of a Jewish homeland and to sustain America's unshakable commitment to Israel's security," Obama said in his speech saluting the Holocaust history foundation. Spielberg established the foundation 20 years ago to collect video testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.
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They don't care about people they use people and want to control and rule over them. If they can fool you with their faux compassion they will. Besides, this stuff happens all over the world every day and why doesn't he intervene in all of them? Because he doesn't care only when he can get a favorable headline. Please people, smarten up! May 8, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm | Tommy G Dutch/Bad Newz, VA Take Back the House "But in the twinkle of an eye, we have gone from being indispensable to indisposed." ------------- It's called Smart Power Gergen.
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He also was announcing executive actions aimed at increasing energy efficiency in buildings and appliances. The White House says the solar effort will power the equivalent of 130,000 homes and the administrative actions could reduce carbon pollution in an amount equal to taking 80 million cars off the road for one year. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The White House chose Wal-Mart because the company has committed to doubling the number of solar energy projects at its stores, Sam's Clubs and distribution centers. But in choosing the giant retailer as the backdrop for his announcement, Obama triggered a backlash from labor unions and pay equity advocates who say Wal-Mart pays low wages and who archly noted that Obama has made pay equity a central issue of his presidency. "What numbskull in the White House arranged this?" former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who served in the Bill Clinton administration, said in a posting on Facebook on Thursday.