May 23rd, 2012
05:10 PM ET
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered a strong defense of his international leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday, telling graduating cadets they'll be building on "new era of American leadership."
Obama told the incoming corps of second lieutenants they are stepping into "a different world" than the one the United States faced when they entered the academy in 2008.
"Four years ago, you arrived here at a time of extraordinary challenge for our nation. Our forces were engaged in two wars. Al Qaeda, which had attacked us on 9/11, was entrenched in their safe havens," he said. "Many of our alliances were strained, and our standing in the world had suffered."
May 23rd, 2012
04:04 PM ET
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) – In the race to collect campaign cash President Obama is expected to raise nearly $3.5 million dollars during his visit to Colorado and California this week.
After delivering the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Wednesday, the president travels to Denver where he’ll attend a reception at the Hyatt Regency. Seven hundred people are expected to attend, paying up to $500 each, according to a campaign official.
It’s a much more upscale event when the president heads to Atherton, California for a fundraising dinner at a private residence Wednesday evening. About 60 people paid $35,800 each to get up close with the president and take in a performance by David Crosby and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash, the official said.
The president wraps up the evening with a much larger event at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California where 1,100 supporters are expected. Tickets start at $250 dollars each.
Before flying to Iowa on Thursday to headline a campaign event and push clean energy, the president will attend one more fundraiser in San Jose, California, where a campaign official said tickets for the 20 attendees cost $35,800 per person.
All of the money raised goes to the Obama Victory Fund, which is a joint effort of the campaign, the Democratic National Committee and various state Democratic parties.
May 23rd, 2012
08:06 AM ET
President Obama takes off for a two-day swing across the country with a mix of official and campaign-related events. His first stop is in Colorado Springs, CO to speak at the Air Force Academy's graduation. We'll see if he refers to the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in his speech to the graduates. His remarks are available live at 12:25p ET.
The rest of his day will be spent focusing on raising money for his campaign. He holds a fundraiser in Denver for the Obama For America Futuro Campaign and speaks live at 5:30p ET. We'll see if he continues the back-and-forth with the Romney campaign over Romney's experience as Massachusetts Governor and also his time with Bain Capital. We'll hear from him one more time on Wednesday when he flies to San Jose for a couple of fundraisers. He'll hold an event at a private residence which is closed to the press but later he speaks at a fundraiser at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, CA. Those remarks will begin at 12:15a ET.
Full schedule after the jump