On one side, he said, is Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee. Mere mention of Romney's name brought a chorus of boos from the crowd, leading Obama to — lightly — defend his opponent.
"Mr. Romney is a patriotic American," Obama said. "He has a beautiful family. He's been very successful in his life. He has. But his basic vision is one in which if wealthy investors like him ... if they're doing well, then everybody else is automatically doing well."
That didn't work the last time, Obama said. He also slammed Romney's Bain Capital for being a leader in sending jobs overseas.
Bain, Obama said, "was a pioneer in outsourcing jobs to China and India."
"Some of his advisers explained there's a difference between offshoring and outsourcing," the president said, referring to Romney. "Those workers who lost their jobs, they didn't understand the difference."
Instead, Obama said he has "a vision that says the way we're going to grow our economy and put people back to work is make sure every child in America has the best education possible."
Obama made oblique references to immigration but did not directly address Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's tough new immigration law. Instead, he touted his own decision to build a way for children brought here illegally to stay.
Republicans, meanwhile, said that while Obama may make repeated visits to Georgia to raise money, he has done little to help a state still struggling economically.
"President Obama today doubled down on the same broken promises, failed policies and misleading attacks that are not creating jobs and are not helping the middle class," Romney spokesman Chris Walker said. "After 3 1/2 years, it is clear that the president does not know how to turn around the economy and is only trying to cover up for his failed record. Americans deserve better."
Some Obama supporters apparently deserved a chili dog. During his visit to The Varsity, Obama ordered five chili dogs, four hot dogs and a cheeseburger for his traveling staff, Mayor Kasim Reed and Reed's mother, Sylvia Reed.
"I'm excited to get a hot dog," Obama told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I hear they are really good here."
Obama greeted a group of schoolchildren and some military personnel before leaving for his first fundraiser.
Georgia Tech student and Air Force ROTC cadet Michael Evans wasn't expecting to meet his commander in chief when his parents took him to lunch.
"Somebody asked me if I wanted to meet the president," a still astonished Evans said.
Evans' father, Robert, beamed with pride. "He just got his wings, and this is the first person he meets when he comes back to town."