As re-election bid nears, Obama headlines party events
March 29th, 2011
08:51 AM ET
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As re-election bid nears, Obama headlines party events

Washington (CNN) - As he comes closer to launching his 2012 re-election campaign, President Barack Obama caps a trip to New York City Tuesday by headlining two events for the Democratic National Committee.

The president will join around 50 supporters at the Red Rooster Restaurant in Harlem. According to a DNC official, at $30,800 a plate, the event is expected to raise $1.5 million for the party committee.

Marcus Samuelsson, the owner of the restaurant, was a guest chef at the White House for Obama's first state dinner in 2009.

Then the president heads to Studio Museum, which is also in Harlem, to speak to approximately 250 attendees. The DNC official tells CNN that the second gathering is not considered a fundraiser, but rather a "thank you" event with supporters.

Earlier Tuesday the president's scheduled to deliver remarks in New York City at the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building.

Earlier this month, the president headlined two DNC events in the nation's capital. Obama spoke to members of the party committee's national advisory board and national finance committee at one of the gatherings and met with approximately 50 supporters and potential supporters of his 2012 re-election bid.

The DNC is technically running the president's political operation until Obama registers with the Federal Election Commission as a 2012 presidential candidate, which will allow the campaign to begin raising money. Obama brought in a record-breaking $750 million dollars in his 2008 campaign for president and could raise up to $1 billion for his re-election bid.

The president's also scheduled to headline a Democratic National Committee event on April 14 in his hometown of Chicago.

CNN confirmed Monday that when Obama sets up his 2012 re-election campaign, it will be headquartered in a downtown Chicago office building.

A Democratic source confirmed to CNN that the re-election campaign will be housed in One Prudential Plaza, a skyscraper which faces the city's Grant Park, where Obama held his 2008 election night victory rally. The story was first reported earlier Monday by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times.

The office tower, known to many as the Prudential Building, its original name, is about two blocks away from the building where Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was headquartered.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Harlem! Home sweet home. I wish I could attend, but 31k a plate is a bit out of my price range. I guess I'll have to settle for take out.

    March 29, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. gt

    wish he would work more on jobs and getting our troops home instead of vacationing in Rio... while Rome burns...

    March 29, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. terry,va

    Damn, how did they get that many repubs to attend a dinner for Obummie? Since the repubs are the party of the rich, how else can you explain anyone other than a repub shelling out $30,800 for a plate of food? Hey you liberal dumbocraps, this shows you that a person's wealth is not restricted to political party. There are as many rich dumbocraps as there are repubs.

    March 29, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. PalmReader

    Obama supporter present and accounted for. To date, President Obama is the least harmful in comparison to the oh so many wannabee's lining up for their seat on GOPer Express clown car these past few months.

    March 29, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    LOL. I am simply rolling on the floor, that he even THINKS he has any chance at all.

    If Obama is re-elected, that will prove to me, beyond any doubt, that the voters of this country are fools!

    March 29, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Notta new here.....Obambi has been "running" ever since the last victory party was over in 2008! Really that is all he is good at.....running!
    Anyone who can come out on the Republican ticket can win this election in 2012 simply because Americans is scared out of our minds of where this spinless Liberal is taking this great nation. We are broke as a nation....we cannot afford to pay out all the mindless handouts as we have in the past, and all the protesting, marching, rioting, screaming, cursing, etc will not change the fact that we are BROKE!
    And the solution to our financial foes from our Liberal friends is to tax more on the "rich" which interpreted means "businesses".....what you shallow minded Liberals do not realize is this; those who are in business, are in business for a profit and if they are restricted from making a profit here, they will siimply move somewhere where they can!....then who will pay for your freebees?

    March 29, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |