President Obama In Atlanta For Fundraisers

March 16, 2012 12:00 AM
President Obama In Atlanta For Fundraisers
" ATLANTA (WAOK)  -   President Barack Obama spent close to six hours in Atlanta on Friday for a campaign fundraising stop that took him to three different places. The swing was expected to raise several million dollars for his 2012 re-election bid.  The president was greeted on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport by Mayor Kasim Reed and some members of Georgia’s Democratic U.S. congressional delegation.  U.S. Representatives John Lewis, Hank Johnson, David Scott and Sanford Bishop were among the first to greet Obama. Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia’s Republican U.S. lawmakers did not attend the airport arrival.   Obama shook hands with supporters gathered on the tarmac before strolling over to his armored car known as “The Beast” and left to attend the first of three separate fundraising events at 5:40 pm.

Outside of the midtown home of businessman Mack Wilbourne, Obama was greeted by another group of neighbors and well wishers who wasted no time snapping photos and trying to get close enough for a touch. “Mommy, I shook his hand!” said a six-year-old girl. Inside the house, according to pool reporters traveling with the president, Obama addressed a group of 75 people in the adjacent dining room, under a large framed photo of himself accepting the Democratic nomination in Denver in 2008. “Hello everybody,” he said, thanking Wilbourne and his guests for supporting his first bid for the White House. “When your name is Barack Hussein Obama,” he said, “nothing is ever a sure thing.” “The reason I ran, and the reason people like Mack supported me, wasn’t just to get back to square one.”  He talked about overhauling health care, saving GM and Chrysler and his Republican opponents. Tickets to attend the event at the Wilbourne home were $10,000 a piece according to a campaign official. "

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