New York, NY – Obama Back in NYC to Kick Off Re-Election Campaign

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    US President Barack Obama walks to the Oval Office in Washington DC, USA, 25 April 2011. EPANew York, NY – President Barack Obama will be returning to New York City Wednesday, packing in a series of appearances as part of his campaign fundraising.

    Obama is expected to arrive early evening, heading first to a private $35,800-a-head fundraiser at a Fifth Avenue home, then making his way to a “campaign inaugural gala dinner” at the Waldorf-Astoria’s Starlight Roof, and ending with an appearance at a fundraising concert by The Roots at Town Hall.

    The Fifth Avenue fundraiser is being hosted by public relations mogul Michael Kempner and financier Orin Kramer in the home of former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, according to Politico. 

    The gala at the Waldorf-Astoria, described as “relatively small” in an email to supporters from Democratic fundraiser Sally Minard, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and tickets ranged from $2,500 to $25,000.

    Obama will round out his visit to New York City with an appearance at a campaign kick-off reception featuring a performance by The Roots at Town Hall Theater in Midtown at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ranged from $44 to $1,000. 

    Obama is scheduled to land at JFK between 5 and 5:30 p.m. He will chopper to Wall Street, head up the FDR Drive and cut crosstown via the 61st St. exit to the Upper East Side.

    Traffic alerts were issued as follows by Gridlock Sam:

    6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fifth Avenue between 86th and 58ths streets, closed. Central Park transverse roads, along with all avenues from York to Fifth, expected to be frozen.

    7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Park and Lexington Avenues, and 49th to 50th Streets, will be frozen.

    10 p.m. Obama will motorcade over to Town Hall on West 43rd Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway for Town Hall reception from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    11 p.m. Obama will head back to the FDR and the Wall St. Heliport. All avenues east of Broadway will be frozen, and the FDR will again be off-limits. 

    The all-clear will come just before midnight.

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    4 COMMENTS

    1. The funny part of this whole story is that he won’t need most of this money. The Republicans will spend the next year and hundreds of millions of dollars fighting with one another as to who is the most “conservative”. As long as we have candidates like Trump and Bachman, the more confidenet I am that Obama be our Commander-in-Chief for 4 more years.

    2. I would like to ask for a lesson in American politics, please.

      It is stated in the article above that your president will be present at “a private $35,800-a-head fundraiser”.

      Who decides the cost (or compulsory donation, if you prefer), and who attends these functions?

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