President Barack Obama is opening a weeklong visit to California where his first stops include raising money for fellow Democrats.
Obama is scheduled to headline four fund-raisers Thursday, two in Silicon Valley and two in Los Angeles.
Obama arrived in California late Wednesday after delivering a speech about civility in politics to the Illinois General Assembly. He entered politics as an Illinois state senator.
Obama has invited the leaders of 10 Southeast Asian nations to a two-day summit that opens Monday in Rancho Mirage, California.