“By comparing Republicans to his children and challenging them to “get it done,” Obama might have mollified Democrats to the point that he can negotiate more with Republicans on taxes, these political strategists say,” The Hill writes.
“At a fundraiser for his 2012 re-election campaign in the pivotal state of Pennsylvania, Obama said he was busy ‘attacking the country's problems’ while his Republican opponents were targeting him,” Reuters writes. “‘I've got a day job. I've got other things to do. But while I'm working, there are going to be candidates parading around the country. And they're going to do what they do, which is, they're going to attack,’ he told nearly 800 supporters at a downtown Philadelphia hotel, where tickets were $100 and up.”
The Philly Inquirer: “The 44th president of the United States came to town Thursday to raise a pile of campaign money, with a side of John's Water Ice. Lemon, if you must know. “
“First lady Michelle Obama visited Boston and Vermont yesterday, as she and President Obama made a final dash for cash before the close of a fund-raising quarter that will provide the first relative measure of the strength of the 2012 White House contenders,” the Boston Globe reports, adding, “The first lady’s stops yesterday were expected to raise more than $1.2 million for the Democratic National Committee, whose primary focus now is ensuring the president’s reelection. The president had his own fund-raising trip to Philadelphia.”
The Washington Post: “Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, an architect of the Obama administration’s economic strategy, has told the president that he may seek as soon as this summer to resign, according to people familiar with the matter.”