NEW YORK (PIX11)—$140 million has been raised by President Obama so far in his bid to win a second term and New York is doing its fair share tonight, throwing somewhere between four and five million into the kitty. Tonight's event marks the one hundredth fundraiser for the President and some New Yorker's are saying, "Enough Already."
President Barack Obama rolled into New York tonight to whip through five fundraising events in just a few hours, working to fill his re-election coffers with millions of dollars. Several hundred supporters lined up for the invitation only events--paying thousands each.
Mere mortals and regular New Yorkers hung around the metal barricades set up by the NYPD to keep them away from the more monied swells lined up to get patted down by Secret Service. Jeff Swope from Medford , NJ was on the free side of the barriers. "I don't have that kind of money right now, i'm in college but if I did, that'd be pretty cool to see the president," said Swope
And with a presidential visit comes extreme gridlock, called frozen zones by the police. It included long stretches of the FDR from 4:30 this afternoon through tonight as teh President zipped around town. Blocks in the Flatiron plus sections of the Upper West Side where other small parties were held were also on lock-down through the night.
It had many trying to get to dinner dates and catch their subway trains home peeved. One woman pleading for cops to open the barricade at 18th and 5th so she could get to the Q train was making her case to no avail. Hands waving in frustration she said, "People think it's so great the president is here. But I cant get to the subway!"
One pair of students worked the protest angle, without much success. When asked about it by this reporter, they weren't so concerned. "We are just here to make the people aware that he flip flopped on this," said the two juniors from NYU.
New Yorker's inconvenience aside, this was all business for the President according to TJ Walker, a Democratic Analyst. "The republicans are going to have a massive war chest to trash, vilify and try to take down the president. He has to fight back," pointed out Walker. The best way to accomplish that? By mounting a bankrolled response. New Yorkers can bet Obama will be back.