Obama to head home for birthday fundraisers
July 14th, 2011
04:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama to head home for birthday fundraisers

(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads home to Chicago early next month to celebrate his 50th birthday and raise some campaign cash for his re-election bid.

The president turns 50 on August 4. According to two Democratic sources with knowledge of the gatherings, the night before Obama will attend two fundraising events at the Aragon theater, a historic ballroom in the "Uptown" section of Chicago.

Tickets for a private dinner, one of the two events that night, range from $10,000 to $38,500, with tickets for the second event, a "birthday concert," ranging from $50 to $10,000. Details are under wraps about who may be performing at the celebrity concert, but one possibility is Jennifer Hudson. A campaign aide says all of the musical performers will be Chicago natives.

The fundraisers, with money going a joint Obama campaign-Democratic National Committee fund, are scheduled to be held one day after the deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling. If negotiations are still on-going on August 3, an Obama aide tells CNN that president will not attend the fundraisers.

The president and top congressional leaders from both parties Thursday met at the White House for a fifth straight day to try and head off a possible federal government default. Administration officials have warned that a failure to raise the current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by August 2 could trigger a partial government default. If Washington lacks the money to pay its bills, interest rates could skyrocket and the value of the dollar could decline, among other things.

As of this writing, the fundraisers are the first that the president will attend since the beginning of the third quarter of fundraising, which began on July 1.

The Obama campaign announced Wednesday that it raised more than $86 million for his 2012 Obama Victory Fund in the second quarter of this year, with $47 million going to his re-election campaign and $38 million headed to the Democratic National Committee.

As part of a new initiative to increase grassroots support, some Obama activists who recruit 50 new supporters or 50 new donors or 50 people to attend campaign events are expected to get a special incentive - tickets to some of the birthday events.

News of the fundraisers was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • President Obama
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. DJ

    How about that. The day after the US may default, he throws a birthday party for himself at the taxpayers expense and charges attendees as much as $38,500 to see him. he sure is serious about this debt ceiling /sarc

    July 14, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. obama victim

    this guy is unbelieveable....a national embarassment

    July 14, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes. Enjoy your birthday Mr. President.
    The White House is NOT a 24/7 maximum security prison like the haters would like it to be just for you. It is YOUR HOME for the next 51/2 years.
    Happy Birthday and may God continue to Bless and Protect you and your family sir.
    Obama 2012

    July 14, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Rickster

    "Registered voters by a significant margin now say they are more likely to vote for the “Republican Party’s candidate for president” than for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, 47% to 39%."
    Wow, from hope and change, Greek columns, overwhelmed dims weeping openly in the streets, Barry "I have a gift" Obama is about to be tossed onto the scrapheap of history where he belongs.

    July 14, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Johnny Rebel

    Shouldnt Pres. Obama be concentrating on the crisis at hand instead of funraisers for his political campaign? Unbeleivable!
    He hasnt stopped campaigning since 2008!

    July 14, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Maggie

    I am sure alot of those donations are illegal but you see we are talking about Obama. Everything about him reminds me so much of a used car salesman that I don't trust him and his political coonies. 2012 cannot come soon enough to get him out of the White House and bring some sanity back into our great country.

    July 14, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    I guess Obama doesn't mind cutting the social security benefits and medicare while he flys of for another party and another fundraiser.

    Obama should get out of the way.

    July 14, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. WiredwierdinSF

    Dominican Mama acts as if this idiot never gets out. I guess that would be a typical Obama supporter, absolutely blind to the truth. It would be nice if he actually worked a job, gave back the Nobel Peace Prize he received for doing nothing and resigned so that we could have a president that acutally worked for the taxpayers of America, not the corrupt unions and dope addicts that don't work or pay taxes because they can't pass a drug test. Those and the liberally biased press are Obama's supporters.

    July 14, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. From Canada

    You people are sick!!
    You have no idea who is paying for the celebration of his birthday – but its always at the "taxpayers expense" – just like his vacations or golf games etc. Meanwhile EVERY single President that has held office has played golf, gone on vacations, and celebrated birthdays.
    Your hatred is palpable --and sickening.

    July 14, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama gave 3 months to republicans but they were focusing on Bulblaw

    I wish Obama have great birthday party

    July 14, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. gt

    wow.. 50 years old ...ok all of you leaders stop acting like 10 year olds and get this debt ceiling done....

    July 14, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Mark

    I wish I had $38,500 to give to the president's re-election campaign! If I could I would give millions to make sure that one of these nutty teapublicans doesn't become president.

    July 14, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    OMFG...how dare he age while on the job?!?!?! Doesn't he know he has more important things to do? And what's with planning to celebrate turning 50, but not having done so yet? Doesn't he realize that if he makes plans now, hoping to follow them through after taknig care of the debt ceiling, that he can never ever ever change his plans no matter what happens? How rude!

    July 14, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Sank

    Campaigning is a hell of a lot more important than fixing America's economy. You go scum bag. Your nothing but an hinderance anyway. You people call Sarah all those names and your man is the worse thing that has ever been a political figure. Don't count on him for he is Soros' boy. And he will do as Soros says. But we know Soros and this makes Obama a loser. The fraud. PALIN 2012

    July 14, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Happy Birthday Mr. President and I will send you a bag of gum because I know how you can walk and chew gum at the same time, can't say that for too many others.

    July 14, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. NC Independent

    @Rickster speak for yourself where are you getting your info. Some of you people are pathetic and filled with hate. Shame of you haters are so unpatriotic that want to destroy our country. You are upsrt because our country is changing and you can no longer control everything. Get used to it because we are not living in the 50's anymore. You can not tell people how to spend their money. We can donate to whoever we please.

    July 14, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. 100% ETH

    Happy birthday for the 21st Century challenged time great President Barak Obama!!!

    Wow! Were are those trouble makers who questioned his Birth place and his Birth certificate??? Are they hiding behind the curtains??? Come-out and celebrate with him, in good spirits. I wish, Senator Kennedy will be around, it could be much better.

    July 14, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "2012 cannot come soon enough to get him out of the White House and bring some sanity back into our great country."

    Blah blah blah...our "graet country" freekin SUCKS right now because the GOP took a dump in the national cereal bowl. Failing at education. Failing at the economy. Failing at creating jobs. Failing at recognizing that you don't give tax cuts out BEFORE cutting spending and then crazily blame your expenses for the deficit problem. Failing to end two wars. Failing to reduce military spending. Failing to treat different people equally. Failing to respect the rights of labor. Failing to rein in financial industry abuses and excessive risk taking. Failing to make sure that voters have more control and influence over our elections processes than non-voting corporate entities. Failing to keep our politicians honest and our electorate adequately informed and not misinformed. Failing to raise average middle-class salaries while the ultra-wealthy who supposedly create jobs enjoy tax breaks that have increased their income tenfold over the past couple decades. Failing to grow the middle-class and shrink the poor. Failing to provide health care to everyone. Failing to rid ourselves of the remnants of racism and institutionalized bigotry. Failing to adhere to the founding fathers' wish for a separation of church and state. Etc etc etc. Don't call this country "great." We lost that right and haven't earned it back yet.

    July 14, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. RUsurprised

    Mr. President, congratulations turning 50. Should do what I did when I turned 50, got out debt. Unless you plan to used your birthday cash (campiagn conyributions) to pay off your part of the national debt, that would make you a fine gentleman. However, you probably will make more promises you can't keep. So a warning to your donors, keep your hard earn money. You'll need it to help pay seniors you claim to represent their monthly payments. Good luck in 2012, or better put, your last chance at a legacy. Happy Birthday! From all your friends on the RIGHT.

    July 14, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |