President Barack Obama has two fundraisers in Orlando tonight, beginning with one at the Sheraton, where 400 supporters are expected. Tickets at the first fundraiser start at $250.
At the first fundraiser, Obama walked into the banquet room to U2’s City of Blinding Lights. The crowd was dressed fairly casually, with several people in T-shirts but there was also a few "high-heeled glam ladies about," according to reporters attending the event. They included Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, wearing bright yellow.
The room was full of mostly younger people. Obama said he talked about the NBA contract dispute with the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard backstage before coming to address the crowd. He said he told Mr. Howard he’s “a little heartbroken that the NBA season is getting delayed,” and he hopes to see the players back on the court “soon.”
Then it was familiar campaign speech time: “I’m here because I need your help right now," he said. "I come here because we’ve got to finish what we started in 2008."
"A lot of you got involved in that campaign in 2008. People look back and say that was such a smooth campaign. That’s not quite how I remember it,” a remark that drew chuckles.
The second fundraiser is at the Lake Mary, Fla., home of John Morgan, an attorney. The campaign expects 100 people to attend; ticket prices begin at $1,500.