Updated at 2:40 p.m. Oct. 24, 2016
Barack Obama defended his presidency Monday at a San Diego fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“By almost every measure, we can say and prove that America is better off than when I got started,” Obama said at an event attended by around 350 people before departing for Los Angeles.
“A lot of these gains could slip away,” Obama said. “And that is why I have been working so hard, and (first lady) Michelle has been working so hard, to make sure that probably as qualified a person that have ever run for this office is the 45th president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.”
The president, who slipped in a round of golf at Torrey Pines before attending the event at the La Jolla home of Mark and Hanna Glieberman, also slammed Clinton’s opponent in the Nov. 8 general election, Republican Donald Trump.
“Do we think it’s an infomercial or a reality TV show where you can say anything and do anything without any fidelity to the truth?” Obama said. “We want to win big, we can’t just eke it out, particularly when the other guy is already starting to gripe about how the game is rigged.”
Obama arrived from Las Vegas Sunday night and attended another fundraiser, in which he criticized Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, who has alleged the Obama administration is perhaps the most corrupt in history.
Obama said Issa’s primary contribution to Congress has been to “obstruct and to waste taxpayer dollars on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere.”
In a statement released Sunday night, Issa said: “I’m disappointed but not surprised that the president in a political speech continues to deny accountability for the serious scandals that happened under his watch where Americans died overseas and veterans have died here at home.”
Issa is locked in a tight race for reelection with Democrat Doug Applegate.
Obama is scheduled to appear on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” television program after he arrives in Los Angeles, and take part in a couple of Democratic political roundtables, according to the White House.
The visit was perhaps Obama’s last trip to San Diego as president. His most recent visit before this one was last October, when he spent just over two days in Rancho Santa Fe and played a couple of rounds of golf.
— City News Service