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Obama Arrives in Los Angeles for Santa Monica Fundraiser

The president's visit to Los Angeles is expected to cause some traffic delays.

President Barack Obama departs for Santa Monica on Marine One, background, after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Air Force One, foreground, on Friday. Photo Credit John Schreiber
President Barack Obama departs for Santa Monica on Marine One, background, after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Air Force One, foreground, on Friday. Photo Credit John Schreiber
President Barack Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Friday to begin a roughly three-hour visit, during which he will speak at a luncheon fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Santa Monica.

The president, after arriving in Los Angeles from San Jose, was greeted on the LAX tarmac by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The two men exchanged a handshake and quick hug before both boarded the Marine One helicopter for the commute to Santa Monica.

Obama was scheduled to depart LAX around 2 p.m. bound for Rancho Mirage,
where he will hold a summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, with topics including Chinese cyber-attacks on U.S. corporate and national security
targets, North Korea's nuclear program and finding ways to manage differences
and disputes in U.S-Chinese relations.

Tickets for the fundraiser at the Santa Monica home of Peter Chernin began at $10,000, according to an invitation posted on the website PoliticalPartyTime.org, which tracks political fundraisers.

The price was $16,200 for the luncheon and the opportunity to have a photo taken with Obama and $32,400 -- the maximum allowable contribution to a national party committee in a calendar year -- to be a luncheon co-chair, which
also allows the donor to attend what is described as a "special discussion'' in addition to the luncheon and photo reception.

Chernin is chairman and CEO of The Chernin Group, which manages, operates and invests in businesses in the media, entertainment and technology sectors.

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will attend the fundraiser.

"As the second-largest city in America, L.A. cannot afford to be on the sidelines when it comes to the decision being made in Washington,'' Garcetti told City News Service. "I look forward to working closely with President Obama to boost L.A.'s economy and create jobs.''

Paul Scott, an electric car salesman who works in downtown Los Angeles, had planned to attend the "special discussion,'' using what he described as "a large percentage of my retirement savings'' for the $32,400 ticket price so he could tell Obama "about the economic benefits'' of switching from oil, coal and natural gas to renewable energy.

However, Scott told NBC4 that after he wrote about his plan online and was interviewed by USA Today, he received an email from DNC disinviting him from the event and returning the contribution. It "was very disappointing,'' he said.

"At the same time, I understand where they're coming from,'' Scott told the station, adding that he received a call asking him not to do any more interviews because "the right had picked it up, spun it into a pay-for-play thing.''

"I thought they should have stood up to the right and say, `Look, everybody does it. If  you don't like money in politics, work to overturn Citizens United. Go to Congress and complain to them.'''

There was no immediate response from the DNC.

Citizens United was the 2010 Supreme Court decision that held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent
expenditures by corporations, associations or labor unions.

Scott told NBC4 he plans to join what organizers said would be more than 100 activists outside the fundraiser, asking Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

A rally calling for Obama to stop deportations of people who have entered the country without legal permission while Congress considers legislation reforming the nation's immigration laws will also be held outside the fundraiser.

The trip is Obama's 14th to the Los Angeles area since taking office and the first of his second term. He has spoken at political fundraisers during 12 of those visits, all but the first and final one before the November election, when he appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.''

This will be the 10th trip solely for fundraising.

The fundraiser will be Obama's third in two days. He spoke Thursday night in Palo Alto and Portola Valley at fundraisers benefiting the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.

- City News Service
Kai June 07, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Alright. So this foolishness interfered with the Prez? Not happy and shamed. S.M. is not in the mode to tolerate this crap. No wonder all emergency resources were out and about as they should have been. We are a quiet city and we maintain keeping it that way.
Always Right June 08, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Now I know what that foul smell was. Thanks to all of you in the People's Republic of California for helping to reelect this useless disgusting excuse for human being.
Kai June 08, 2013 at 02:12 PM
I think that putrid smell is coming from you in your world. Sorry you are so bitter. Perhaps you would be healthier if you got over it. Seems to me bitter people such as yourself are useless.
Always Right June 08, 2013 at 03:09 PM
You bet I'm bitter!! It's a Shame you're not bright enough to see what he has done and continues to do to this once great country. Seems to me that uninformed people like you are more useless and the biggest part of the problem. Typical progressive liberal. Oh, that smell has rubbed off on you.
Kai June 08, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Why don't you do yourself (and the world) a favor and kill yourself? Ignorant bitterness is detrimental. You might go to your nearest mental hospital and request some PEACE pills. Perhaps some mental medication will help you deal with what must be extremely uncomfortable hatred. Talk about uninformed? Try it, you might like it. Good luck
Always Right June 08, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Must be that time of the month, lol
Kai June 08, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Yeah for you! But of course everyday is that time for you and your kind. I feel sorry for you. You are a waste and a burden to humankind and you call yourself human! Go and buy yourself a life or take my suggestion and end it all. The world is better off without the advent of insidious so called beings such as you.
Always Right June 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Oh sweetie your blood pressure must be soaring. I feel sorry for you too. It must be pure hell being a brain dead liberal. Adios sweet cheeks. I've wasted my time on the oxygen thief.
Kai June 08, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Good riddance SWEETIE asshole. You are not human so how can you claim "feelings?" Like I said, get a life or end it. The world will be so much better off without scum like you who continue to contaminate humanity. Obviously you take comfort in this stupid dialogue. Don't you have anything better to do today like preparing a cocktail laced with poison to enjoy with dinner? Do not write me again. I experience problems dealing with idiocy. Seek the truth and deal with the heat, or get the f--- out of the kitchen.
Heather June 09, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Wow!!! A couple things: Regarding Paul Scott: 1. That could've been a PR nightmare for Obama: someone is bright in his camp and said ya don't take 401k from a car salesman lol - um, NOT the prototypical deep pockets liberal they seek for contribution money! 2. Is Paul Scott that naive that he "gets it"? Gets what? His measley 30k is peanuts! He will NOT make a piss of difference to any decision ever made. "Pay for Play"-really ppl?! Dude has NO pay!!! Haha Barack is in bed w the folks who use that kinda money as "jet fuel" on their private plane. Idiot!! Regarding the above hot mess: As I see it, Lili darling, you do appear hostile, naive, and uninformed. Telling a person to kill himself? Your vulgarity on a public forum? That is what a typical airy-fairy uneducated person does--lash out bc they overcompensate from not having a salient point. Sorry, but if you wish to represent your point, and your camp, do it with more grace & intelligence.
Ann June 09, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Obamaaa LOL. What a sick living evil joke. That goes for his whole administration. A bunch of living thugs. Amazing there are so many DUMB people in this country that voted for him, if he got in legally. With all the scandals and illegal activity that has been going on everyone wonders that too!

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