President Barack Obama
President Obama in L.A.
President Obama stopped in Los Angeles to campaign for Barbara Boxer and inspire Democratic unity.
By Brian W. Carter
Sentinel Staff Writer President Obama visited Los Angeles on Monday to help raise funds for three-term U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. The visit to L.A. comes at an opportune time, since the President needs as much Democratic support in Washington as possible. The President's visit had him appearing at two events: one VIP fundraiser at the California Science Center and a dinner reception at the Natural History Museum. Tickets to the fundraiser ranged from $100 to $2,500, while the dinner was $17,600 per ticket. The event expected to raise up to $3.5 million for Boxer's campaign and Democratic National Committee. President Obama spoke at the California Science Center, lending his voice in favor of raising funds for Boxer's campaign. President Obama also reiterated the challenges that lie ahead for the nation as whole. "And we still have a long way to go," he said. "You travel across this state, or you travel across this country, and people are hurting everywhere. People are still out of work. Small businesses are still struggling to get credit. And we're not going to rest until those folks who are willing to work hard and put their blood, sweat and tears into achieving the American Dream have that opportunity once again," said President Obama. The President's stop in L.A. is one of many stops he's been making across the U.S. in his "White House to Main Street Tour." President Obama started the tour last year visiting Pennsylvania, Ohio and Georgia, among other states. The White House has announced that he will be visiting Iowa, Missouri and Illinois next week. Iowa and Missouri are critical in the congressional elections that take place later this year. President Obama will back on the West Coast in May, visiting San Francisco for Boxer's next campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. At last night's fundraiser, President Obama spoke on the importance of being aware of our representation in government and in continuing the beliefs the nation stands for. "You can't take that for granted," he explained. "You've got not just a President but also a United States Senate that is willing to work on behalf of the things that we care about: making sure that everybody's got a chance, making sure that opportunity is open to all; making sure that those ladders into the middle class, into the American Dream are there... making sure that the thing that makes us Democrats, this notion that this country is there for everybody, and everybody has got to have a shot," said President Obama. The President gave his speech in the presence and with the support of numerous Democratic congressmen, congresswomen and local politicians, like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown; State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell; Congresswoman Diane Watson; former governor Gray Davis; and Speaker Emeritus of the California Assembly and senatorial candidate Karen Bass. Bass was a leader for the California African Americans for Obama, part of his national African American Leadership Council, and California co-chair of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. As she seeks election for the seat of retiring Senator Diane Watson, Bass will be an instrumental Democratic asset in Congress.