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After warm welcome, Obama wraps up L.A. fundraising visit

June 7, 2012 |  5:29 am


President Obama wraps up a roughly 19-hour L.A. fundraising trip this morning after attending a 300-person breakfast in View Park.

The president is expected to speak at the home of developer Charles Quarles and his wife, JoAnn, just before 10:30 a.m. and is scheduled to then head to Los Angeles International Airport for an 11:20 a.m. departure.

Obama is then set to fly in for a speech at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The Los Angeles leg of the president's West Coast trip has focused largely on LGBT rights. Nearly a month after speaking out in support of gay marriage, Obama was hailed at a 600-person gala hosted by the LGBT Leadership Council on Wednesday evening at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

At one point in the evening, the guests -- who included Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Pink and Darrin Criss -- rose to their feet chanting "Four more years!"

After the event, Obama and about 70 others made their way to the home of "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and his fiance, David Miller, for a $25,000-per-person dinner.

City officials have warned Westside drivers to expect delays as the president travels throughout the Los Angeles area.


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Photo: Five-year-old Jdan Applewhite puts up flags on Kenway Street, where  President Obama is expected to speak at the home of developer Charles Quarles. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times