Speaking at the second of three scheduled fundraisers -- at the home of U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. -- the president thanked donors and urged them to ignore polling results that he said indicate either "the sky is falling ... or everything is great and start planning for the library five years from now."
"This is going to be a race," he said. "We're going to have to work our hearts out over the next 39 days."
Despite polls suggesting he has opened a lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney -- particularly in states regarded as key to Electoral College victory -- Obama told his audience, "I don't want anyone to feel that somehow we're done six weeks out."
The event raised an estimated $1.8 million for the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of the Obama re-election campaign, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.
At an event at the Capital Hilton earlier Friday, the president told supporters "change is going to take more than term" and he is "not running to create Democratic jobs or Republican jobs" but "to create great American jobs."