LOS ANGELES, April 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama confronted a coalition of protestors from various political spectrum who voiced their antagonism by shouting and interrupting his speech when he was addressing a fundraiser in Los Angeles on Monday.
In his first visit to southern California since May and his third since taking office, Obama was repeatedly interrupted by a number of listeners who attacked him on his policies barring gays from openly and equality serving in the military when he was delivering a speech at a reception at the California Science Center.
He was also questioned by opponents at a dinner later at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Repeating a pledge he made at the State of the Union Address on Jan. 27, Obama said his government will repeal the controversial policy. "Hey hold on a second. We are going to do that," he said.
As the protesters continued yelling, he was forced to stop his speech. The protesters come from GetEQUAL, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group that also organized similar protests recently.
A coalition of groups called for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S.troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Members of SEIU United Service Workers West called on Obama to support liberalizing immigration law and halt Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. The group is a statewide local union of the Service Employees International Union in California representing all health care and homecare workers.
Obama visited Los Angeles to attend fundraisers benefiting the Democratic National Committee(DNC) and Senator Barbara Boxer's re-election campaign effort.
Tickets ranging from 250 to 2,500 U.S. dollars for the reception and 35,200 U.S. dollars per couple for the dinner were all sold out.The event was expected to raise nearly 3.5 million dollars to split between the DNC and the senator.
The Los Angeles events are the latest in an accelerating fundraising schedule for Obama, who has been traveling to help bolster vulnerable Democrats recently.
This was the first time that Obama came to California to campaign on behalf of Senator Boxer,a three-term incumbent who has said she expects to face her toughest campaign since first being elected to the Senate in 1992. She could face a tough fight in November.
Boxer has reported that she had raised 2.4 million U.S. dollars in the first three months of 2010. Her closest rival in the fundraising race, former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina, has bagged 1.7 million U.S. dollars in the same period.
The White House said the president would not have any official business in the city. He will spend the night at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills before his scheduled return to Washington on Tuesday morning.
Obama visits Los Angeles to raise fund
LOS ANGELES, April 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon to attend a joint fundraiser in support to California Senetor Barbara Boxer's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee(DNC).
A reception was held at the California Science Museum at 4:30 p.m. local time (2130 GMT). After that there will be a dinner nearby at the Natural History Museum. Tickets are 250-2,500 U.S. dollars for the reception, and 35,200 U.S. dollars per couple for the dinner. Full story