Open Arms for Obama

Congresswoman Barbara Lee gives a welcoming hug to President Obama at Oakland International Airport. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh).

Discussing his economic policies at a fundraiser in Oakland Monday night, President  Barack Obama, told supporters that “we tried our plan — and it worked.” “We tried that and it didn’t work,” Obama said of Mitt Romney’s proposed tax cuts and spending cuts, which he dismissed as a Bush-style “top down” economic policy. “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked,” he added later in the speech.  “That’s the difference. That’s the choice in this election.  That’s why I’m running for a second term.” Obama cited his successful bailout of the auto industry. “I refused to turn my back on a great industry and American workers,” he said. “Three years later, the American auto industry has come roaring back.” President Obama attended a fundraiser at the Piedmont home of Quinn Delaney and spoke at a reception at the Fox Theater in downtown Oakland. “We are so honored that President Obama (spoke) in Oakland,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who attended the Fox Theater event. “He knows the East Bay has his back. In 2008, Barack Obama won 88 percent of the vote in our district, the best in California.”
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