"The campaigner-in-chief kicked off a political blitz on Tuesday, holding three fund-raisers in Manhattan and collecting roughly $3 million for the Democratic Party," The New York Daily News writes. "Obama gobbled up checks of $30,400 per couple, the federal maximum, for the Democratic National Committee at the Mandarin Oriental hotel -- and joked donors got off easy. 'You can't afford a fund-raiser involving [First Daughters] Malia and Sasha. I'm cheap,' quipped the Columbia grad, who insists he gets 'more requests' for his 11- and 8-year-old girls."
At one of the fundraisers, Obama "challenged Wall Street to embrace his proposed financial regulations," The Hill writes. "Obama criticized the 'reckless speculation and deceptive practices and short-sightedness and self-interestedness from a few.'"
The Los Angeles Times profiles what it believes are the six key White House aides in the health-care debate -- Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, legislative affairs director Phil Schiliro, communications aide Dan Pfeiffer, OMB Director Peter Orszag, White House aide Jim Messina and health-care adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle.
Here's the latest health-care poll, courtesy of USA Today/Gallup: "Americans are increasingly worried about the cost and quality of medical care that could result from President Obama's effort to revamp health care, but a majority still trust him more than Republicans to change the system." Also: "Half of Americans polled support a government-run public insurance plan to compete with private insurance companies, compared with 46% who do not… Six in 10 oppose a proposed tax on high-priced, "Cadillac" insurance plans included in the Finance Committee's bill. But 59% support an income surtax on high-wage earners being pushed by House Democrats."
Obama's former car czar rips GM's financial management in an interview in Fortune.
Regarding Obama's trip to Boston on Friday, he'll speak at MIT on clean energy technology -- in addition to holding that fundraiser for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (as well as embattled Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd).