Arriving home in a helicopter is never a bad way to roll...President Barack Obama returns to the White House on Marine One Friday evening after spending the day in Miami, Florida, where he visited a school and delivered remarks on education, and attended two fundraisers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
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MIAMI (CNN) - The old adage that politics makes strange bedfellows will be alive and well Friday when President Obama and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush make a joint appearance in the sunshine state. The two are joining forces to discuss education as the president begins a month-long public push for the country to "out-educate" the world.
Both men will appear at Central High School in Miami to tout the school’s turnaround in performance. For Bush it’s an opportunity to highlight an issue he championed in office, and continues to do so in private life. For Obama, he gets a picture of bi-partisan support for an issue he has repeatedly stressed is in desperate need of reform if the country wants to lead the 21st century.
The image of the two together may seem somewhat unlikely with Bush once assailing Obama's stance toward business as "a way to attack capitalism," and for Obama who spent his presidential campaign verbally excoriating the record of Bush's brother, and is in the midst of attempting a re-write of "No Child Left Behind," the centerpiece of the Bush administrations education agenda.
Political differences aside, both camps maintain the appearance is a natural fit. Bush "has a record of being engaged in and committed to education reform. Obviously, this is a high priority for the President and he believes very strongly that education reform is neither a Democratic, nor a Republican issue. And I think his pursuit of reform has demonstrated that," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a recent briefing announcing the appearance. "His reforms already have generated a great deal of bipartisan support, and I think that's reflective of the fact that Americans believe it ought to be a priority," Carney went on to say.
By CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser & White House Producer Jamie Crawford
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) – President Obama teams up with Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida later Friday, to help the state's Democratic senator raise campaign cash for what could be a rough road to re-election next year.
The president, Nelson, and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, will attend two fundraisers in Miami Beach. The first will be held at the Fountainbleau Resort Hotel and the second at the Miami Beach, Florida home of Judith and Michael Adler, large contributors to Democratic candidates and causes.
A source with knowledge of the events tells CNN that the money raised at the fundraisers will be split between Sen. Nelson's re-election campaign and the DSCC. According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, Nelson had $3,083,493 in cash on hand as of the end of last year.
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President Obama will be welcoming back one of his most loyal former senior advisers on Friday. Newly-elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will pay a visit to the Oval Office at 10:45 a.m.
Obama will then head to Miami to kick off his focus on education as part of his administration’s plan to “out-educate, out-innovate” the global competition. He’ll visit Miami’s Central High School, which was an underachieving school but received federal grant money and has turned the school around. The school was recommended to the White House by former Gov. Jeb Bush as a success story when it fired the principal and half the faculty and made reforms with a new staff by focusing on after-school sessions, community engagement, and creative learning programs. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former Gov. Bush will accompany the president on the tour. His education remarks will be at 4pm.
After his education event, Obama will attend a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at a posh hotel on South Beach. He’ll raise more money for the DSCC at a private residence before returning to the White House late Friday evening. Schedule provided by the White House: