Obama at Fundraiser: 'People ... Can Make a Difference'

ABC News' Ann Compton reports:

In twin Democratic fundraisers in Washington, President Obama helped the party raise an estimated $1.75 million as he urged party faithful to get energized for the congressional elections in which Democrats could lose significant majorities.

“This was never going to be easy,” the president told 50 donors at a candlelit dinner in the home of his former aide Linda Douglass. “But ... when people come together, they can make a difference. You can see them get a little more pep in their step."

He scoffed at critics who claim his recent rally in Wisconsin didn’t show the same degree of enthusiasm he drew in his campaign.

“I was there in 2008, and I was there two days ago," Obama said. "They seemed equally euphoric.”

The president urged the donors who contributed as much as $34,000 each to the Democratic Party to not rest between now and Election Day, Nov. 2.

“You can rest Nov. 3,” he said.

The evening’s second event was big and noisy. Three thousand young people crowded into DAR Constitution Hall for what the party called a Gen44 Summit concert, with tickets as low as $44. President Obama is the 44th U.S. president.

-- Ann Compton

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