By BEN FELLER and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a last dash for cash in the celebrity scene of California, President Barack Obama on Sunday took a good-natured shot as his own underwhelming debate performance, marveling at how his friends in the entertainment business could turn in flawless showings every time.
"I can't always say the same," Obama told thousands of supporters, who got the joke right away. It was Obama's most direct acknowledgment that his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, thoroughly won their debate Wednesday as a tight race rolled into its last month.
As Romney readied for a major foreign policy speech, Obama spoke at the start of two-day fundraising swing through California, his final one out West, and one that was expected to raise several million dollars for advertising efforts to the finish.