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President Obama set to leave L.A., heading to Denver

September 27, 2011 |  8:00 am

Obama and Jesse Ferguson 
President Obama is wrapping up his overnight fundraising visit to Los Angeles. Next stop: Denver.

As always, the Presidential visit caused traffic concerns in gridlock-prone Los Angeles. Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport in time for the evening rush hour Monday, causing longer-than-normal commutes for area drivers.

Westside streets were shut down while the president held a fundraiser at the House of Blues in West Hollywood and then headed to the Fig & Olive restaurant at La Cienega Boulevard and Melrose Place.

As many as 200 protesters convened by left-wing groups, including the ANSWER Coalition, waited for the president across the street from the House of Blues. They represented a number of causes, including positions against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in favor of immigration and preserving Social Security and Medicare benefits. 

Inside were about 800 people who paid at least $250 apiece to see the president. Security agents ejected a heckler as he screamed, "Barack Obama’s the anti-Christ."

Obama was slated to leave LAX for Denver at 10:30 a.m.

Airspace restrictions put in place Monday were expected to remain until 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to a notice to pilots over the weekend, CNS reported.


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Photo: President Obama shakes hands with actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson during a fundraiser at the House of Blues on Monday in West Hollywood. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images