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President Obama leaves San Diego for fundraiser in Los Angeles

September 26, 2011 |  4:38 pm

President Obama lands in San Diego for fundraiser

Air Force One has just taken off from Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, taking President Obama to Los Angeles International Airport for a fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Obama arrived in San Diego about 1:30 p.m. and after a few moments of talking to VIPs, Marines and their family members, he was taken by motorcade to a $5,000-a-person fundraiser at the La Jolla home of Mason and Elizabeth Phelps.

Mason Phelps, now in his 80s, moved to La Jolla in 1981 after making a fortune as the owner of a company that made nuts, bolts and screws for automobiles, appliances and other things. He has become a major political donor and patron of the arts.

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) told NBC-7 reporter Gene Cubbison that people at the fundraiser, all Democrats, urged Obama to take a tougher tone with Republicans.

Filner said Obama told the group "Don't mistake good manners for an ability or refusal to mix it up when I need to."

Filner said he was confident that Obama will wage a tough reelection campaign against the GOP candidate. He said Obama told the group, "There is a season for campaigning and it's coming soon."


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Photo: President Obama steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego on Monday.

Credit: Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images