“I’m here to welcome you to the heartbeat of the Obama Victory Campaign. This is your moment to catch the spirit of joy and victory. It’s your moment to understand that we have a high level of expectation. The promise of four more years of this skillful, sensitive, warm and effective leadership is in force. We come here today to say that we intend to fulfill the four more years,” said Lowery.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed also offered his support and urged the crowd to commit to volunteering to help the campaign. He acknowledged that winning Georgia would not be easy. “Get out and do what’s necessary to win the state of Georgia. I don’t care how many millionaires and billionaires try to prop Mitt Romney up, he can’t sell it and the American people aren’t going to buy it.”
Reed implored the Gen44 attendees, the under-40 fundraising supporters of the campaign, that it is their turn to make a difference for America. “This is our generation’s time. You may not have been around in World War II or World War I, during the Great Depression or the Civil Rights Movement, but by goodness, you’re here right now and this is our moment to protect the United States of America.”
Air Force One touched down around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Obama went to the fundraising event at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel downtown at 1:25 p.m.
But first, his motorcade made a quick stop for lunch at a landmark Atlanta restaurant, the Varsity.
Obama ordered five chili dogs, four hotdogs and a cheeseburger for his traveling staff and Mayor Reed and Reed's mother, Sylvia Reed.
Obama earlier pressed his immigration agenda, saying he was pleased the Supreme Court struck down key parts of Arizona's immigration law Monday. He voiced concern about what the High Court left intact.
The court allowed a provision requiring police to check the immigration status of someone they stop for another reason and who they suspect is in the country illegally.
Said Obama: “No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like.” He said police in Arizona should not enforce the provision in a way that undermines civil rights.
The court's decision came days after the Obama administration issued a directive that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants who came illegally to the United States as children.
Obama on Monday used the court's decision to push for congressional action on a broader overhaul of immigration laws and to reaffirm his move to target deportations to criminals.
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down other provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants, including requiring all immigrants to carry registration papers with them.
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