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California greeted by Candidate Obama not President Obama

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on June 6, 2012. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

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?


Kitty Felde, KPCC’s DC Correspondent

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

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