They opened up the wallets for Obama and the Democrats.
In fact, about 700 friends opened their billfolds Sunday night to support Democrats as Obama made his first post-election visit to the Circle City.
His quick tour of the Westin hotel Downtown lasted less than half an hour, but the president managed to reel in hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash for the Democratic National Committee and four incumbents in Congress. The precise amount raised was not immediately available.
After leaping onto a ballroom stage in front of 650 people who dined on honey chicken breasts, cheesecake and champagne orzo, Obama proclaimed, "It's good to be back in Indiana."
Flanked on stage by Reps. Andre Carson, Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill, Obama said he needed Indiana voters to re-elect their Democratic incumbents so he can continue to push his agenda of change.
"I can't rebuild our economy, reform our health-care and education system and preserve our environment and keep our nation safe if I'm all alone in the Oval Office," he said. "I need partners in Congress, people who are going to work hard every day to move this country forward."
About 650 people paid between $250 and $5,000 to hear Obama's 15-minute speech and support the four congressmen.
Then he spent some time with couples that paid $15,000 for the DNC.
Does anyone smell 2010? Mid-term elections?