(NEW YORK) -- Before leaving New York City Tuesday night, after a whirlwind day of foreign and domestic policymaking, President Obama raised some campaign cash for national Democrats alongside NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. Speaking to a crowd of 250 guests inside the Waldorf Astoria hotel, Obama called de Blasio “the next mayor of New York City” and joked about the hairstyle of de Blasio’s son, Dante.
The African-American teenager was featured prominently in de Blasio’s primary campaign TV ads. "He has the same haircut I had back in 1978," Obama said of the younger de Blasio. "But I have to confess my afro was never that good."
The president spoke while Sen. Ted Cruz was filibustering on the Senate floor in opposition to Obamacare, but the president did not mention the Texas lawmaker by name.
"We could be doing so much more if we had a Congress that's focused on you and not focused on the politics of day to day," Obama said.
"The only way that is going to happen if we've got a strong DNC and if we are able to get our message out when folks who want to look backward and roll back the clock and don't have a lot of regard for people who are struggling."
"We can't beat a message of fear,” he said, “if that message isn't delivered."
The event is Obama’s 20th Democratic fundraiser of the year. Tickets for the event started at $5,000, according to a DNC official. Obama raised at least $1.25 million.
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