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Obama Talks ’47 Percent,’ as He Raises Cash in NYC

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Apollo Theatre in New York on January 19, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

The driving rain and tornado watch didn’t put a damper on President Barack Obama’s New York City trip. He was in town Tuesday to raise some campaign cash and tape an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Obama used his Letterman interview to chide his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who was videotaped at a closed door fundraiser in May saying 47 percent of people will vote for Obama no matter what, and his job “is not to worry about those people.”

Obama told the audience at the Ed Sullivan Theatre that he learned as president “you represent the entire country.”

“When I won in 2008, 47 percent of the American people voted for John McCain,” Obama said. “They didn’t vote for me and what I said on election night was: ‘Even though you didn’t vote for me, I hear your voices, and I’m going to work as hard as I can to be your president.’”

Romney said his comments were not “elegantly stated” and were “off the cuff.”

"Of course, I want to help all Americans, all Americans, have a bright and prosperous future," Romney told reporters Monday night.

After the Letterman taping, Obama traveled to the Waldorf Astoria to attend a fundraising reception with about 200 people where he delivered his usual stump speech

From there, the motorcade traveled to the 40/40 Club, where music superstars Jay-Z and Beyoncé hosted a fundraising reception for Obama’s re-election campaign.

With Pool Reporting

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