- The Washington Times - Friday, October 25, 2013

Leaving behind his Obamacare problems for a day, President Obama is flying to New York City Friday on Air Force One for a pair of Democratic fundraisers, combined with a stop at a Brooklyn high school that focuses on technology.

Between Friday and the end of November, Mr. Obama will appear at seven fundraisers for Democratic congressional candidates as he seeks to return the House to Democratic control in 2014.

At an event in Manhattan for the House Democrats’ campaign arm, Mr. Obama will attend a reception hosted by Kathryn Chenault, wife of American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault. Then he’ll attend a private fundraising dinner at the home of packaging mogul Dennis Mehiel, another big Democratic contributor.

Among those expected to attend the fundraisers are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat; film producer Harvey Weinstein; BET Networks chief executive Debra Lee, and former ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy.

Because the president is pairing the fundraisers with a policy event at the high school, taxpayers will pick up most of the tab for the trip.

At the school, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, “the president will tour a classroom and discuss the importance of ensuring that the next generation of middle class American workers and entrepreneurs have the skills they need to compete and win in a global economy,” the White House said.

The New York trip comes at the end of a week in which Mr. Obama and his aides have spent much of their time and energy defending the glitch-filled launch of the HealthCare.gov web site.


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