Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today: After Florida Speech, Obama Hits New York For Daniel Boulud & Spike Lee Fundraisers

Four Campaign events in New York follow Disney World speech on the economy...
President Obama
travels to Florida's Walt Disney World Resort today to deliver a speech on plans to promote tourism and travel in the United States. In the afternoon, he'll be in New York City, raising re-election funds at four different events. Two will be at Daniel Restaurant, the centerpiece of acclaimed French chef Daniel Boulud's dining empire. A longtime Obama supporter, Boulud has hosted other fundraisers for the President, and he joined First Lady Obama at the White House for the Fall 2010 Kitchen Garden harvest. A high-dollar donor shindig at the home of filmmaker Spike Lee and a concert at the Apollo Theater finish the President's day. (Above: Boulud tweeted this photo of himself with the President during an April, 2011 fundraiser at Daniel)

At Disney World's Main Street USA at 12:35 PM, the President will "unveil a strategy" to boost the economy, part of his "We Can't Wait" series of Executive Branch actions he will take without Congressional approval, according to the White House. It's the President's 13th visit to Florida since taking office; five of his last six visits to Florida were for campaign fundraisers.

Daniel Boulud's fundraisers...
After departing Florida at 2:15 PM, the President will attend fundraisers at Boulud's 4-star Upper East Side restaurant, at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. One event will be a discussion with leaders of the Jewish community, with tickets costing up to $25,000, according to the New York Post. The second event will be a cocktail reception, with tickets costing $15,000 per person. “Daniel has hosted so many fundraisers for Obama, it has become New York’s official Democratic dining room,” a source told the Post. (Above: Boulud with Mrs. Obama and helpers in the Kitchen Garden)

Spike Lee, Apollo Theater concert...
About 40 people are expected to attend the President's 7:50 PM fundraiser at Spike Lee's home, with tickets running $35,800 per person, the maximum legal limit. Lee is also a longtime Obama supporter. After, at 9:25 PM, the President will deliver remarks at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, at a concert with performances by Al Green, India.Arie and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tickets start at $100. (Above: Lee photographed the President with his iPad during an event in NY last April)

The President returns to the White House late Thursday/early Friday, with his arrival scheduled for 12:05 AM.

*Top photo via Daniel Boulud; second by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama; Lee photo by Pete Souza/White House, taken at the National Action Network's Keepers of the Dream awards gala in New York, N.Y., April 6, 2011.