President Obama Returns to Orange County for Fundraisers - NBC Southern California

President Obama Returns to Orange County for Fundraisers

The president was back in Orange County for the first time since 2009



    Protests, Support for President Obama on the Same OC Street

    Two crowds with different opinions of President Barack Obama gathered early Thursday in Orange County. (Published Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012)

    Protests, supporters and a lot of money were waiting for President Barack Obama Thursday when he arrived in Corona Del Mar for two fundraisers on the final leg of his Southland visit.

    The visit, the president's first to Orange County since fundraisers and a town-hall style meeting in 2009, included a $10,000-per-person photo reception and $35,800-per-person breakfast.

    The event (photo, below) benefited his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

    More on the presidential visit

    Obama Holds Two Fundraisers in SoCal

    [LA] Obama Holds Two Fundraisers in SoCal
    President Obama is in Southern California for two fundraisers: one at the palatial home of soap opera producer, Bradley Bell, in Holmby Hills; the other at a home in Corona Del Mar.
    (Published Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012)

    The fundraiser was at the home of Geoffrey L. Stack, a managing  director of the Sares-Regis Group, an Irvine-based real estate firm.

    Around 10:45 a.m., the presidential motorcade departed (video embedded, below). Obama is now headed to San Francisco.

    As for the protest, participants -- including a woman on a horse -- gathered along E. Coast Highway. Organizers said they plan to focus the protest on Obama's policies.

    "I do not want anything that is, shall we say, demeaning,'' organizer Laura Deitz said.  "That's not what we're here about. We deal with facts and the facts are on  our side."

    Across the street, supporters welcomed the president at Poppy Avenue and East Coast Highway.

    "We just want to welcome him," said Jim Dastur, who turned out early to join the group of supporters. "We don't want to give the impression that he is not welcome in Orange County, which is what the other side is trying to do."

    Both crowds dispersed after Obama arrived for the breakfast.

    Thursday's OC visit follows a fundraiser Wednesday at the Holmby Hills home of a daytime TV drama producer. Obama told a group of about 1,000 people, most of whom paid $500 to hear him speak  and an outdoor concert by rock band Foo Fighters, that "we're  starting to see the economy rebound."

    A $38,500 per person dinner followed, which was attended by  approximately 80 people, including actors George Clooney and Jim Belushi, Los  Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Fox.

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