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California greeted by Candidate Obama not President Obama




U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on June 6, 2012.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on June 6, 2012.
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Last night, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was the scene of a boisterous affair. The gay and lesbian community of Tinseltown held a fundraising event for President Obama. Heartened by the president's recent statements in support of gay marriage, the crowd chanted "Four more years!" and happily forked over $25,000-a-plate for the fundraiser.

As drivers on the Westside know too well, candidate Obama has made a number of trips to the Southland for campaign events this year. However, President Obama hasn't had time for public appearances or glad-handing with the plebes. California as a "political ATM" is nothing new. And on AirTalk we've talked about how much money Obama's opposition is planning to spend – in the neighborhood of $1 billon from GOP-affiliated super PACs. Still, is President Obama taking Californians for granted?

Guests:

Kitty Felde, KPCC’s DC Correspondent

Mark Sawyer, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the African American Studies Department at UCLA