‘It’s Still About Hope and Change,’ Obama Tells San Francisco Donors

By Fred Lucas | June 7, 2012 | 6:10 AM EDT

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One, Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., enroute to California. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama told San Francisco donors Wednesday that his reelection campaign is as much about “hope and change” as the 2008 campaign was.

“People ask me sometimes, well, how does this campaign compare to 2008?” Obama said at a fundraising event at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco Wednesday. “I say, ‘If somebody asks you, you tell them it’s still about hope and change.’ And if you want to know what change is, change is the first bill that I signed into law that said -- the Lilly Ledbetter law that says an equal day’s work deserves an equal day’s pay, and that our daughters should be treated the same way as our sons.”

Obama also mentioned green technology, the health care law that passed without a single Republican vote, and the killing of Osama bin Laden as evidence of the changes he’s made.

“Change is making sure that not only are we attracting manufacturing back to our shores, but we're investing in advanced manufacturing -- in areas like advanced battery technology, or solar energy, or wind power -- that will not only usher in tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of new jobs all across America but are also going to make sure that we are passing on to our kids and our grandkids the kind of planet that they deserve,” Obama said.

“That's why we doubled fuel-efficiency standards on cars, which means that in the middle of the next decade cars are going to be getting 55 miles a gallon -- taking a whole bunch of carbon out of the atmosphere and saving everybody $8,000 for the life of their car.  That's what change looks like,” the president said.

“Change is us saying we're going to stop funneling tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer money to banks for running the student loan program -- let's just give that money directly to students, so that millions more young people are getting Pell grants and reducing the burden of debt that they have when they go to college, because we want to make sure that America continues to have the best-educated workforce in the world,” he said. “That's what change is.”

“Change is making sure that, yes, we passed a health care bill so that 30 million Americans won't be worried about going bankrupt in case they get sick, and now we've got 2.5 million young people who are on their parent's insurance because of this law and millions of seniors who are seeing lower costs for their prescription drugs because of this law,” Obama said. “And everybody is able to get preventive care, and women are no longer being charged more than men for it.”

“Change is ending the war in Iraq and winding down the war in Afghanistan, and reestablishing respect for America around the world,” Obama said. “That doesn’t make us less tough. Because of our efforts, bin Laden is no longer a threat to America, al Qaeda is on its heels. And we've done it the right way, in a focused way that abides by rule of law.”

Obama concludes his two-day trip to the West Coast with a fundraising breakfast Thursday morning in Los Angeles. Tickets for the event start at $2,500, the Associated Press reported.

Later, he’ll give a speech at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he will push Congress to pass legislation to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling at the end of the month.

Obama’s campaign tweeted Thursday morning that 98 percent of the donations his campaign received in May were less than $250, and the average donation was $54.94.

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