PORTLAND -- President Barack Obama will hold two fund-raising events in Portland Tuesday, as part of a three-day route bracketed by speeches to top veterans and civil rights groups.
He landed about 11:30 a.m. at the Portland International Airport and met with greeters, including his brother-in-law and OSU basketball coach Greg Robinson, before his motorcade rolled out.
Then, just after noon, President Obama made an unscheduled stop at the Gateway Breakfast House on 114th and NE Halsey Street. He was having lunch there and speaking with other customers, an employee told KGW. Outside, a rolling blockade closed off area streets.
His motorcade left the restaurant and continued on to the Oregon Convention Center, arriving just before 1 p.m. for the scheduled events there.
The president will have two fund-raising events at the convention center. An invitation-only event gives just 25 people the chance to meet with the president, at a cost of $30,000 per person, according to campaign officials. The second event will be a dinner, where 950 people paid around $500 each to attend.
The president was also scheduled to make a speech at the convention center, which will be televised live on KGW-TV and streamed live on kgw.com. It was scheduled to begin around 4 p.m.
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Proceeds from Tuesday's events will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fund-raising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.
Along with supporters, demonstrators were lined up near the convention center, some waving signs. Police were stationed at every corner.
"We’re for Obama. This county is better off and its’ getting better than it was, better than it was when he took over," said supporter Reynolds Potter.
"We don’t’ need any more semi-automatic weapons going off in movie theaters, no more magazines that carry 100 bullets," said protester Katie Pool with Cease Fire Oregon.
President Obama's Portland visit is part of a three-day swing through Nevada, California, Oregon, Nevada and Louisiana.
Aides previously had announced plans for Obama to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nev., on Monday and the National Urban League in New Orleans on Wednesday. Those are considered "official" events -- part of his presidential duties -- even though Obama has made a concerted effort to win over military votes this fall, and to maintain his record turnout among black voters.
The campaign did not release any other information about the president's schedule.
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