Obama urges US Democrats help him 'finish the job'

CHICAGO - US President Barack Obama

urged Democrats on Thursday to help him "finish the job" at the
first events of his 2012 re-election bid, appealing for higher
taxes on the wealthy and a rejection of Republican budget

Obama, seeking to reignite the energy of supporters that

propelled his candidacy in 2008, said "extraordinary progress"
has been made during his two years in the White House but
"we've still got work to do."

"If you're just as fired up now despite the fact that your

candidate is a little older and a lot grayer, then I have every
confidence that we're going to be able to finish the job," he
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