Obama turns 50th birthday into campaign fundraiser

US President Barack Obama turned his 50th birthday on Thursday into a 2012 campaign fundraising bonanza on Wednesday, buoyed by a hometown crowd after what he called a frustrating period locked in a debt battle with Republicans.
Obama made clear in remarks to a big audience at a music auditorium and in a video conference with supporters scattered across the country that he will now focus on trying to spur job growth now that the debt debate is behind him.
The debt battle ended on Tuesday when Obama signed compromise legislation reached after painstaking negotiations that barely averted a government default.
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