Obama offers Democrat tough love ahead of midterms: ‘Enough moping’

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Beverly Hills, California( CNN) Former President Barack Obama, re-emerging into the political fray for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser here on Thursday, had a message for distressed Democrat: Do more than simply mope.

“If what you are doing requires no sacrifice at all, then you can do more, ” Obama told the tony crowd at a sweeping multi-million-dollar Beverly Hills home. “If you are one of these folks who is watching cable news at your cocktail parties with your friends and you are saying ‘civilization is collapsing’ and you are nervous and worried, but that is not where you are put all your time, energy and fund, then either you don’t actually suppose civilization is collapsing … or you are not pushing yourself hard enough and I would push harder.”

At one point, he turned to the crowd and declared, “Enough moping, this is a mope-free zone.”

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