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Obama Mocks Perry: ‘A Governor Whose State Is on Fire…Denying Climate Change’


“Don’t compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative.”

President Barack Obama arrives at Moffett Airfield near San Jose, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. Obama is scheduled to attend several campaign events and a town hall meeting at LinkedIn. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is swiping at Texas Gov. Rick Perry, criticizing him as "a governor whose state is on fire, denying climate change."

Obama also poked at the audience reactions at recent GOP presidential debates, singling out those who cheered at the prospect of someone dying because he didn't have health insurance — and those who booed a gay service member.

The president said "that's not reflective of who we are."

He made the comments Sunday at a fundraiser at the Silicon Valley home of John Thompson, chairman of Symantec Corp.

Gretawire quotes at length from the pool report by Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Obama said it’s not enough for the supporters in the audience to support him. He said if their friends and neighbors are reading the Wall Street Journal editorial page or watching Fox News the donors at this event need to talk to “push back” on their “inadequate information.”

“And in some cases I may need you to have some arguments with our progressive friends,” Mr. Obama said.

He said over the last 2.5 years even though he’s gotten a lot done a lot of Democrats “get dispirited.” He brought up the complaint about health care reform without a public option – “c’mon!” he said. He said he hasn’t got everything done on the environmental front because of the economy.

The pool report also has a description of the setting for the fundraiser.  Read it here.

The pool report also notes:

POTUS also quoted “my friend Joe Biden,” who likes to say, “Don’t compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative.”
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