President Obama Completes San Diego Visit For La Jolla Fundraiser
Thursday, May 8, 2014
President Barack Obama has departed San Diego, where he attended a congressional fundraiser in La Jolla. Air Force One lifted off at MCAS Miramar and is en route to San Jose.
Air Force One touched down at MCAS Miramar just after 11 a.m. following a short flight from Los Angeles.
He greeted Marines and shook hands with members of their families, posed for photographs and spoke to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer upon arriving at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar aboard Air Force One.
Obama was set to visit San Diego for approximately three hours today to attend a fundraiser at the private La Jolla home of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, one of the top contributors of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
The $10,000-per-person luncheon will benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also is scheduled to attend.
Outside the fundraiser, two groups plan to rally along Torrey Pines Road.
Women Occupy San Diego is partnering with the Citizens Trade Campaign to rally against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast-track legislation that would rush the deal through Congress. TPP is a giant free trade deal between the U.S., Canada, and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Across the street, an environmental group organized by SanDiego350.org is scheduled to rally in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, claiming it will increase greenhouse gas emissions and worsen the impacts of climate change.
Obama started his three-day California fundraising circuit on Wednesday in Los Angeles at the Bel Air home of Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and his wife, Cindy.
Wednesday night, Obama attended the 20th anniversary gala of the USC Shoah Foundation at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, where he was given an ambassador for humanity award by the organization’s founder, Steven Spielberg.
From San Diego, Obama will fly to San Jose, where he will participate in two more fundraisers.