President Barack Obama dipped into New York Thursday evening for four fundraisers geared toward his re-election, but despite heavy support, some Occupy Wall Street demonstrators showed up to protest the events. NY1’s Josh Robin filed the following report.
President Barack Obama’s quick jaunt to Manhattan Thursday netted his re-election bid at least $3 million.
“If you keep on believing, we’ll finish what we started in 2008. Change will come. If you fight with me and press on with me, I promise you change will come,” said Obama.
The biggest event was at the Apollo Theater.
He kept to his stump speech themes: the economy is better, but not good enough.
“I am here tonight not just because I need your help, I’m here because your country needs your help,” said Obama.
The familiar street closures were in effect when he spoke to three Upper East Side audiences, the last at director Spike Lee's home.
Lee's wasn't the only famous face there.
Singer Mariah Carey and retired knick Allan Houston also ponied up for the nearly $36,000-per-ticket event.
At the Apollo, actor Lin Manuel Miranda emceed. Also on hand were singers Al Green and India Arie.
As for regular New Yorkers, many greeted the president as an adopted son, even with the traffic chaos his motorcade unleashed.
"We are excited, my sister and I together. We went down to the inauguration. It was freezing, freezing, freezing cold and here we are again," said one New Yorker.
"He needs four more years," said another.
Obama also attracted a small gaggle of Occupy Wall Street protesters, who say he's compromised too much.
They were easily outnumbered by his supporters.