February 29th, 2012
07:01 PM ET
President Barack Obama is set to highlight his energy vision during a speech at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire on Thursday. It's a whirlwind visit to the college. In fact the president will only be on the ground in New Hampshire fewer than 3 hours.
Soon thereafter he heads to the Big Apple for the real focus of his trip – fundraising. Like his other recent forays outside of Washington, DC, the president’s "message" event in New Hampshire will be but a prelude to some heavy duty fundraising efforts.
Even as he continues to posture himself as the champion for the middle class, the president will be hob-nobbing with celebrities and industry leaders including big wigs from Wall Street and hedge funds. A Democratic campaign official tells CNN Ralph Schlosstein, president and CEO of Evercore Partners, the big Wall Street investment firm is in fact a host of Thursday's dinner in Manhatten that itself will net the campaign and party at least 2.8 million dollars. In total, the evening's events in New York City will further fill the president's campaign war chest and that of the Democratic National Committee by adding about five and a half million dollars.
The president will attend four fundraising events Thursday afternoon and evening. The first is a reception for about one hundred supporters where ticket prices start at one thousand dollars a piece.
The next two events will be held at the upscale Manhattan department store ABC Carpet and Home, where the president will attend an intimate dinner and a celebrity filled party. The dinner will be served in the restaurant ABC Kitchen, housed within the department store, where Mr. Obama will dine with 80 supporters, each paying $35,800 to attend. The big event will follow in the main portion of the warehouse-like store. Hosted by celebrities Deepak Chopra, Paulette Cole, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Reshma Saujani and Phil Suarez, the party will be attended by 900 of the president’s supporters who will be entertained by The Roots, a band Rolling Stone Magazine described as having an "organic, hip-hop jazz" sound, musician and composer Ben Folds and indie-pop performer Ingrid Michaelson.
President Obama will make a speech at this event, which will be open to pooled television coverage. Tickets for the gala start at $1000 a piece. The final fundraiser of the night will be at a private New York City residence where about 90 supporters will pay at least $10,000 each for some face time with the president.
Mr. Obama will head back to Washington and the White House late Thursday evening.