LOS ANGELES (CNN) –President Obama is tapping his California ATM with a combination of star studded concerts and intimate high dollar dinners.
He’s expected to raise nearly $9.5 million dollars for the Obama Victory Fund over two days.
The West Coast swing kicks off with a big concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring musical acts Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, and Earth Wind and Fire. Actor George Clooney is slatted to deliver remarks.
A campaign official tells CNN an estimated six thousand people are expected at the Sunday evening event with tickets starting at $250.
Mr. Obama will also meet privately with a dozen so called high dollar donors along with former president Bill Clinton, and attend a dinner with 150 guests at $20,000 per person.
On Monday, the president heads to San Francisco where he’ll attend three fundraisers.
**A $40,000 per person event at the intercontinental Hotel.
**A $20,000 per ticket dinner at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
**And another concert featuring John Legend and Michael Franti that’s expected to draw about six thousand people, with tickets starting at $200.
In a separate event at a private residence on Monday in Los Angeles, President Clinton is expected to raise an additional $160 thousand.
Campaign officials say this big fundraising push will help them compete in key battleground states where polls still show a tight race.
We don't expect to see much out of the White House today. At this point Carney is not briefing and only one of the president's 3 afternoon fundraisers is open for TV coverage.
One thing not on the schedule but in the works is a "follow up" phone call between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.
9:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time
9:45AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors. Oval Office
4:20PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
6:05PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Private Residence, Washington, DC
8:25PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
President Obama heads to New York City on Wednesday night to participate in the long-awaited Obama Classic, a basketball fundraiser with current and former NBA and WNBA stars. Originally scheduled during the 2011 NBA lockout when basketball fans had nowhere to see their favorite players play, the event was canceled after the lockout was resolved and rescheduled for this summer.
As part of the event, the Obama campaign raffled off a dinner with President Obama hosted by basketball legend Michael Jordan. The two will be joined by other participants in the evening's basketball game including Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, and Alonzo Mourning. Including the winners of the campaign's fundraising raffle, approximately 120 people will attend the dinner and tickets cost $20,000 per person. After the dinner the president will join in what the campaign is calling a "casual" shoot around with some of the players.
Earlier in the day there will be two separate fundraising events with some of the players that will not include the president. The first is an autograph signing where approximately 400 people paid $250 for a chance to meet some basketball legends, and the second is a skills camp where about 100 people paid $5,000 per couple to get lessons from professional ball players.
All told the campaign is expecting to raise close to $3 million.
After losing the monthly fundraising battle in July for the third straight month, the Obama campaign is rolling out a new money-raising gimmick to encourage its supporters to pony up donations.
In an email sent out on Tuesday, Obama for America announced that future donors to the president’s reelection campaign will be automatically entered into a lottery for the chance to play basketball with current and former NBA and WNBA stars at the rescheduled Obama Classic. The winner will also get a dinner with President Obama and NBA legend Michael Jordan.
Originally organized during the 2011 NBA lockout, the Obama Classic was an exhibition game scheduled for last December at a time when basketball fans had nowhere else to turn to watch their favorite players. When the lockout was resolved at the end of November, NBC stars and Obama Classic organizers Vince Carter, Baron Davis and Chris Paul sent out an email announcing that the game was being postponed until summer 2012. FULL POST
The President is back in the White House this morning after spending his birthday weekend at Camp David. He was notified of the Wisconsin shooting shortly before 1pm on Sunday and was updated by FBI Director Bob Mueller, Chief of Staff Jack Lew, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan later in the afternoon.
Today he will spend most of the day on official business in D.C. then head to Connecticut to attend 2 political fundraisers.
full schedule after the jump
OAKLAND, California (CNN) – After taking a break from his re-election bid after last week’s Colorado movie theater shooting, President Barack Obama eased back to the campaign trail Monday by holding several fundraisers in California.
He began his first fundraising remarks by mentioning his trip to Aurora, Colorado, on Sunday to comfort the victims’ families.
“I spent time with the families, and the medical staff, the first responders. And sometimes when bad things happen, horrible things happen, I think it’s easy for us to slip into despair. And yet if you had spent some time, like I did, with those people, who had faced down just unimaginable pain with strength and grace, it would make you extraordinarily optimistic about America,” the president told a fundraiser in Piedmont.
Campaign 2012 is now in full swing and the theme could be “show me the money”. Wednesday President Obama raised a cool one and a half million dollars in just under an hour meeting with 25 high dollar donors at Washington’s tony Mandarin Oriental Hotel. A Democratic campaign official tells a pool reporter each of the 25 attendees donated at least $60,000 a piece to be split between the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties. Just last month the Obama campaign lamented it was out fundraised by the Romney campaign. The presumed Republican nominee announced he raised $106 million dollars in June compared to just $71 million raised by President Obama.
It's a long way to go daytripping but President Obama is heading to Texas this morning for a two city four fundraiser visit. One of the fundraisers in San Antonio, the first city he will visit, will include a luncheon hosted by actress and campaign national co-chair Eva Longoria.
Austin is the second city in Texas, and in keeping with the celebrity theme of the day, musician Jerry Jeff Walker will headline the event at The Austin Music Hall.
8:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time
9:00AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn
9:15AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route San Antonio, Texas
11:30AM THE PRESIDENT arrives in San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio International Airport
1:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
2:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Private Residence, San Antonio, Texas
3:50PM THE PRESIDENT departs San Antonio, Texas en route Austin, Texas. San Antonio International Airport
4:25PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Austin, Texas. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
5:50PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Austin Music Hall, Austin, Texas
7:55PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Private Residence
9:10PM THE PRESIDENT departs Austin, Texas en route Joint Base Andrews. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
1:05AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
1:20AM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle on Air Force One
The White House announced this morning that President Obama will be in the East Room late this morning to announce his call for a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for those making under $250,000. President Obama has talked about these cuts many times on the campaign trail and will continue to take his message on the road this week. But we'll hear his announcement this morning at 11:50a. The rest of the day will be behind closed doors while he gives interviews with local television anchors from key battleground states and then holds two closed campaign fundraising events this afternoon in DC.
For the full schedule released by the White House, click below. FULL POST
They say when the cat’s away the mice will play… which seems to be the case whenever First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t around to watch over her husband’s daily dose of healthy foods.
Tuesday afternoon, President Obama sneaked in another fast-food pit stop at The Varsity, an Atlanta-based eatery renowned for its chili dogs and its famous 84-year-old slogan, “What’ll ya have?” Touting itself as the largest drive-in restaurant in America, The Varsity can accommodate 600 cars and more than 800 people inside its famous walls, according to its website.
Visiting this mouth-watering establishment has been a rite of passage for other U.S. presidents as well – Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton all had a taste for The Varsity’s renowned food during their respective terms in office. (CNN's Eatocracy blog lists some other must-stops for campaigners)
But with a wife known for championing healthy choices, it’s no surprise that President Obama has tried finding refuge from dishes that include White House-grown “Barackoli.” Last week, Obama satisfied his sweet tooth on a campaign trip up north, swinging by the University of New Hampshire’s Dairy Bar, where he joked with onlookers that under other circumstances – namely, outside polling places – he would not be able to buy them ice cream. And in June, Obama celebrated Father’s Day by breaking bread with some local dads at Kenny’s BBQ place in Washington D.C, where he accidentally walked out on his bill.
With the election season heating up, the president will be hitting the road more than ever, where snack stops will most likely be a regular occurrence. Hopefully, though, the first lady won’t be too angry with her husband and his less-than-healthy choices.