President Raises Money, Sparks Protests in East Bay
HOST: More than 100 people protested and rallied near the Fox Theater in Oakland on Monday evening, waiting for President Obama to speak at a fundraiser. The President held two high-priced fundraisers in the East Bay earlier in the day. Monday evening's event, with tickets priced at $100 and up, was billed as a populist gathering to mobilize the base.
KQED reporter Aarti Shahani spoke to people outside the Fox Theater, where some were rallying and others waiting to enter the event.
SHAHANI: "You have people who say they support Obama, they want to vote for him, they just want him to do better on policies they care about. Someone who was going into the event said if he was able to ask a question of the President, he would ask him about gun control, in light of the tragedy that just happened in Colorado."
HOST: The shootings at a Colorado movie theatre last week that left 12 people dead and dozens wounded have prompted a nationwide debate about gun control. Other topics on the minds of people hoping to send the President a message were illegal immigration, drug enforcement, gay marriage, and the war in Afghanistan.