President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee Gen44 event at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010.

*President Obama addressed a Democratic National Committee youth rally in Washington last night to remind young supporters to get out to the polls this November.

“I’m back here today just in case you’ve forgotten what it feels like to change the country,” Obama said to the sold-out crowd of 3,000 at DAR Constitution Hall.

“It was always going to be hard,” Obama said as the crowd interrupted him with cheers and hollers. “Now is not the time to quit.”

The DNC had enlisted hip hop artist B.o.B to perform, and the crowd also heard from Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, on the importance of the youth vote to the November midterm elections, which pundits believe will be brutal for the Democrats.

Thursday’s event was organized for the DNC’s Gen44 group, which tries to cultivate young leaders. It was expected to raise $750,000.

Beforehand, Obama spoke at a small fundraising dinner at the home of John Phillips and Linda Douglass, where guests paid $30,400 each to raise $1 million for the Democratic Party.