Obama Leaves L.A. After Quick Fundraising Stop
An Obama supporter shows off his concert ticket. (KTLA-TV / October 7, 2012)
The president took off from LAX at around 9:30 a.m., headed to Keene, Calif., in Kern County, for the dedication of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.
From there, Obama will attend a fundraiser in San Francisco before flying to Ohio on Tuesday -- the final day to register to vote in the battleground state.
Obama arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, and made his first stop at a reception for longtime donors at the Beverly Hills home of DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
From there, Obama was escorted to a star-studded celebrity fundraising concert at the Nokia Theater in downtown L.A.
The event, dubbed the "30 Days to Victory" concert, featured performances by Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry and Jennifer Hudson.
Also on hand were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Democratic convention keynote speaker Julian Castro and actor George Clooney.
Six thousand people paid an average price of $250 to attend the event and hear the president speak.
"The last thing we can afford right now is four years of the very same policies that led us to this crisis in the first place," Obama told the crowd.
"That's why I'm running for a second term for president of the United States, and that's why I need your help," he added, drawing cheers from the audience.
After the concert, the president attended a $25,000-per-plate dinner for about 150 supporters at Wolfgang Puck's WP24 in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.