ABC News' Jon Garcia reports:
After making his pitch for winning the future at an inner-city school in Boston, President Obama lent his presence to a fundraiser expected to generate $1 million for Congressional Democrats at the city's Museum of Fine Arts.
At the $5000 a plate dinner ($50,000 for couples to get the VIP treatment), Obama told a group of 152 donors that under his leadership–and with the help of Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi–“We didn’t just rescue the economy we put it on the strongest footing for the future."
Though tv cameras were excluded from the event, a pool of several reporters was permitted to listen to Obama's campaign-style, rally-the-Democrats remarks and distribute notes.
Obama said his administration has “had to make a series of quick decisions, and often times unpopular decisions."
“Not only were we able to yank this economy out of the recession … Not only were we able to get this economy going again, that in the last 15 months we’ve seen the economy add jobs…but under Nancy’s leadership we were able to achieve historic health care legislation that over the last 15, 20 years will end up benefiting millions of families across the country," Obama said, adding that, “along the way we saved the auto industry and a few other things”– a quip that drew laughter.
“There will be cases when Democratic constituencies aren’t happy with us because we have to rationalize government,” Obama said, responding to criticism about some of his own cuts.
But he says that government will have to continue investing in education in order to make it possible for kids to receive a good tech-based education.
Obama also trumpeted the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military, his clean energy initiatives and defended his plans in Afghanistan.
Pelosi attended the event as did Vicky Kennedy and Massachusetts Rep Ed Markey, who called Obama the“true fulfillment” of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for America.
Before he make his remarks, White House representatives said Obama met briefly with members of the Boston Celtics basketball organization.