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Obama tells donors he needs a Democratic Congress; raises $1 million

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President Obama helped to raise more than $1 million Thursday night for Senate Democratic candidates at the home of a top Comcast executive in Philadelphia.

Mr. Obama, who earlier in the day proposed an administrative fix for a major flaw in Obamacare, told supporters that he needs Democrats to win in 2014 because “almost everything I do depends on the hard work and cooperation of Congress.” He said sometimes that cooperation is hard to find.

“This year and over the last three years, we’ve seen a level of polarization that seems unique,” Mr. Obama said.

But in the rest of the country, he said, “ordinary folks aren’t as polarized.” 

The president mentioned health care only twice while reporters were present at the dinner. He credited Sens. Robert P. Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat, and Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, for helping him to pass Obamacare.

“I’ve got three years left in this office,” he said. “In addition to rebuilding this web site, I want to make sure we’re rebuilding our infrastructure all across the country.” The audience laughed at his remark about the health-care web site.

The fundraiser was hosted by Comcast executive David L. Cohen, who raised more than $500,000 for Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign, and credit card and energy mogul Richard Vague. Top tickets cost $32,400, which entitled a guest to a photograph with Mr. Obama.

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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at

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