Or, pool report No. 3 from the Seattle Times' Jonathan Martin, who was riding around town with the president yesterday:
Upon leaving the Westin, the motorcade zipped past clusters of mostly happy people on the way to I-5, then to eastbound 520, through the the Washington Park Arboretum and finally to Rob Glaser's expansive, modernist house on the Lake Washington waterfront. A large white tent covered about a dozen tables with wicker chairs. White wine was served before the press pool arrived. The president greeted the 60 guests inside, then spoke to the guests and press from the expansive concrete patio.
Glaser, speaking first and briefly, said he held the first fundraiser for Obama in Seattle, a 2003 event for Obama's U.S. Senate run. Murray spoke next. "You know, I'm up for election, and the pundits are saying the same thing they say about me every time I run. 'Oh gosh, how is she going to do it, it's a tough out there'. I know how I'm going to do it—with people like you at my back, just like I've been at your back for the last 18 years."
Obama, in shirt sleeves in high-80's heat, spoke next. "Well, this is a pretty good view," he said, looking out at the lake and the Bellevue skyline. "Not bad."
Reference the challenges his administration has faced, he said, "This is the time when you want to be president. We are at one of these inflection points in our nation's history, when for decades we've put off tough challenges, when for decades we've not addressed problems that were structural," referring to the economy, health care and the educational system.
"We now have a necessity to step out and do what's right, not just for the next election, but for our next generation."
Referring to Murray, Obama said, "If I didn't have a partner like Patty, we would not have been able to invest in clean energy like never before in our history. If I did not have a partner like Patty Murray, we would not have been able to get small business loans out at a time when most banks completely contracted and a lot of folks were on the verge of going under. If it hadn't been for Patty, a lot of states like Washington would have had to lay off 10s of thousands of teachers and fire fighters and police officers. Because of people like Patty, we were able to get states the help they needed. "When I think about Patty, I think about one of the generals who helped stave off a much worse crisis than we've known."
He said the issues his administration and Congress have tackled were necessary, even if they weren't popular. "I have pollsters, I know when things doing poll well. But I wasn't sent to Washington to do what was popular, I was sent to Washington to do what is right."
He returned to Murray, praising her support for veterans, and in particular the "post 9/11 GI bill." He referred to his grandfather, who he said lived in the area while his mother attended Mercer Island High, benefited from the GI bill. "It was because of that GI bill that we built an entire middle class, investing in people. With Patty's help, we're doing the same thing for veterans coming back home."
He referenced the Lilly Ledbetter bill, health care reform, clean energy legislation, and his two female Supreme Court justices - which happened "without a single bit of help from the other side. You remember I campaigned on, Yes we can. Their philosophy has been, we can't," he said. "On issue after issue, their position has been, let's go back to what got us here." ... "They're peddling the same old snake oil they did before."
In closing, "What makes this place special is you can go as far as your dreams can carry you. We've go to make sure that America is there, not just for this generation, but the next generation, and the generation after that. That's mean we have to think not about the next election, but about the next generation. That's what Patty Murray does."