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More than 200 people attend the exclusive event, while fans and foes line the streets to catch a glimpse of the presidential motorcade.

Hundreds of protesters lined streets in Corona del Mar early today to watch President Barack Obama arrive at a breakfast fundraiser where 200 supporters helped raise more than $1 million for his campaign.

The presidential motorcade entered CDM via Morning Canyon Road just after 9 a.m., bypassing demonstrators who said they thought the president was avoiding them. The exclusive event was held at the home of Jeff and Nancy Stack. Tickets started at $2,500 and ranged from a $10,000-per-person photo reception to a $35,800-per-person breakfast. Wylie Aitken, an attorney and event co-host, said in total the event raised $1.4 million for Obama's campaign.

"He received a warm response. It was a great turnout," Aitken said. "A lot of money was raised for a breakfast fundraiser."

The economy, small businesses and global warming were among the items Obama discussed briefly over breakfast today.

"He said global warming is an international issue,'' Aitken told City News Service. "We can lead, but we can't solve it if they don't solve it in China or Korea, he said. We have to lead by example."

Robert Barelles did not attend the fundraiser. Instead he stood along East Coast Highway as Obama rolled into town. He said he has respect for the presidency, but felt the ticket prices were outrageous.

"It's ridiculous," Barelles said. "Some people can't even afford fast food and they are asking others to contribute thousands to his campaign. It doesn't make sense."

As the morning wore on, the crowd turned more hostile, with screaming matches erupting among the approximately 300 people, fans and foes alike, who gathered on street corners in the village, including Poppy Avenue and Hazel Drive. While some yelled, "Four more years!," others chanted, "Nobama! Nobama!"

Irvin resident Alice Apkarian was one of the first Obama supporters to arrive in CDM early Thursday.

"I came here to let everyone know that Orange County is very complex, and we are not just a monolithic Republican area," Apkarian said.

Laura Dietz, who helped organize today's anti-Obama protesters, said she was on East Coast Highway to show her displeasure with Obama.

"I live in the next neighborhood over and I when I heard he was coming I knew I had to help represent this precinct," Dietz said. "I hope other citizens will do the same when Obama gets to their town."

Kathy Lowe, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department, says overall it was a calm demonstration between the supporters and protesters.

"Everything seemed to be going very smooth," Lowe said. "The protesters did their thing and we really didn't have anything happen."

The trip was Obama's second to Orange County as president. He conducted a "town hall" style meeting at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on March 18, 2009.

This was Obama's ninth visit to the Los Angeles area since taking office, the sixth solely for political fundraising. Obama has spoken at political fundraisers during all but his first visit to Southern California as president.

Obama Wednesday began his 16-hour visit by speaking at two campaign fundraisers at the Holmby Hills estate of soap opera producer Bradley Bell Wednesday night, outlining why he believes he should be re-elected.

Obama first told 1,000 people, most of whom paid $500 to hear him speak and an outdoor concert by the alternative-rock band Foo Fighters, that "we're starting to see the economy rebound."

A $38,500 per person dinner followed, which was attended by approximately 80 people, including actors George Clooney and Jim Belushi, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Fox.

Obama cited falling unemployment, passage of health care legislation, the end of U.S. involvement in the Iraq War and the ending the ban on gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces as reasons he should be re- elected.

Joker Joe February 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
PBC Very good reply. YES, it is. Now for the 2nd question. Again I will use the YES or NO phrase so that you may handle the question without asking another question or embellishing on it. Isn't it true that the U.S. deficit is the highest it has ever been in history? Remember yes or no???
PBC February 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM
LOL, BoBO...heres is the first part...Yes, we are indeed at THE highest deficit in our nations history...but too, in return , explain how tis BUT O and the Dems/Progressives/etc who are assigned as THE faulters...We are at record PROFITIBILITY as well if bother to say, check such as the Dow which even went beyond 13 briefly today . Note for the record as well the various corporations and perhaps glance at the (over) compensation of their "elite" executive corp and etc,etc,etc and etc !! NOT begrudging ANY a 'profit' but the greedier instincts have us riddled with the consequences which effect/affect ALL. The average person pays fair more proportionately in taxes and fees and has FEWER'loopholes' to ease THEIR painful payouts. Our communities suffer as a whole...yeah, even those in gated enclaves . There is a moral and ethical responsibility and what is NOT moral OR ethical is to BUT assign all the AILS to such as the current President who has indeed been uite hamstrung by the obstructionismaticals played for political purposes and done NOT IN THE NATIONS BEST INTEREST though consistently attempted to be be guised as such !!
met00 February 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Why are you playing this game with bobo the clown? If I ignore what got us here I too can blame the guy holding the bag when the feces hit the fan. Bobo, do you still beat your husband? That's a yes or no question! Bobo are you still molesting young boys? That's a yes or no question! See how easy it is to set up a yes or no question that is bogus on it's face? So, if you ignore all history, which bobo likes to do, and then frame the question to get the answer you want it's amazing, but you get the yes/no answer. Unfortunately for bobo most people don't watch and regurgitate Faux News talking points and can use the more than two active brain cells that they have to see that the facts belay his warped perception of GOP/Teaparty fantasy.
tinytom February 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The green push, (money&"tech"), is all about NPG.
PBC February 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM
True met,and even thou HAVE been in these parts for some forty+ years , keep needing reminding that indeed too, evidence remains of such as being the birth place of the JBS as well as a strong influenced base of righteous C's who these days more than ever seem easy to disgrace basic fundamentals of what had been brought up to embrace in religion. The blanket approach does NOT serve ANY any too well and IS far too simplistically inclined that it is rather disengenuous as well. Will however remain stedfast in resolve to NOT cast a vote in the "R" for have indeed found the present R party far too disengenuous to what IS needed to get this country on a fast track to alleviate what ails one and all as the consequences DO effect/affect and INFECT us ALL !! In this grandiose 'information age', there is a dirth of those that bother to fact check and prefer to lump their preferred notions as IF actual /factual/etc....Even basic common courtesy/civility seems in very short supply.
Panglonymous February 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Don't forget to catch part two of Bill Clinton's PBS biography tonight. In part one, Bob Rubin and other charismatic reptiles lend perspective to the-man-from-a-town-called-hope's dreams, nightmares and grotesque-but-acceptable realities. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/clinton
Tonto February 22, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Wait and see if they tell about his teenage babysitter he knocked up. Greatest whore President of all time. Icon to wacko liberals :)
Tonto February 22, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I just broke away from Fox Truth channel to say Oblamer promised jobs galore and he had a majority congress to do ANYTHING they wanted. But after shoving the health rape down everyones throat they got spoked as they were getting booted out of office. Now the stock market is near 1000 points behind all time high under bush and the band is playing. You see business is picking up.....in anticipation of Oblamer getting the BOOT :)
met00 February 22, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Great tonto-ism's of history... If the economy doesn't improve it is Obama's fault because he's a Socialist-Communist-Marxist-Muslum incompetent who needs to be replaced. If the economy starts to recover it is because business is expecting the Socialist-Communist-Marxist-Muslum incompetent to be booted out of office. Therefore... Tails the GOP/Faux meme wins and Heads Obama loses. When you rig the game don't think everyone is as stupid as you are and won't notice it.
Panglonymous February 22, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Two thoroughly political creatures baptized into the blood sport with their eyes open. Has there ever been a stronger or more explicit Presidential partnership than that of Bill and Hill? Hillary comes off oddly sympathetic in part one - and not as the long-suffering wife of a philanderer. She is one multi-faceted wench, me thinks. The extreme variety of "looks" (hair, clothes, glasses, attitudes) she cycles through is fascinating in itself. She can't help being evocative, it would seem.
Tonto February 22, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Well met00, Oblamer had it rigged with his majority congress for two years. So why no shangra-la he promised? Communist / muslim....you are probably correct. I don't think the glorious stock market will go over Bush's 14,000 mark though. Robin Hod may come trough for you. I wouldn't expect more then a few meager crumbs though :)
tinytom February 22, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Even though I don't like her concept of the "global village", I hear she would be better than the puppet.
Panglonymous February 22, 2012 at 04:09 AM
tiny, the "it takes a village to raise a child" theme, the Clinton Global Initiative foundation, or? How come?
tinytom February 22, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Because a village concept is going backwards like the green agenda - it's less than a city-state or nation-state - it's a fairyland.
tinytom February 22, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I just mean it's a fantasy and I don't know who she was playing to.
Panglonymous February 22, 2012 at 07:14 AM
I don't know, does this seem regressive? http://americanrhetoric.com/speeches/hillaryclintontakesavillage.htm btw, part one (covering 50 years) was more satisfying (as a movie) than part two (covering 4!)
tinytom February 22, 2012 at 01:50 PM
"It Takes a Village" is a book by her emphasizing is takes a whole community to raise children - obvious, and that's what a city and nation is for. Dole countered that it takes a family to raise a child - typical political stuff. The saying "It takes a village" comes from a common African proverb about children being as much part of the community as the family. But, this global village term means also the shrinking world from the electronic communications media, thereby making the world like a single village. But except for the communications media the term village kind of advocates a less developed world as the norm whereby supporting 7 billion people with in a more developed way of life isn't conjured up with the term.
Heather Pritchard February 22, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It was the Bush Administration who set light bulb standards not Obama. It was the Bush Administration that started down the road on Solyndra. Free abortions and Free contraception? No, covered health care for women so they have the choice, which is none of our business, it should be between them and their doctor. As for educating undocumented workers? He did not inact that LAW either! Insurance mandates was originally a Republican idea, McCain pushed it, it was in Dole care. Most of what is in "Obamacare" was what Republicans wanted in health care reform during the Clinton administration. The amnesia is close to insanity. The lack history is appalling.
Joker Joe February 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Is part 2 where Bill has the intern do him and he did not know it was called sex? Must be a Democrat or a liar!
Joker Joe February 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Forget the child and village. She should of taken care of her own... How do you explain to your daughter why your husband is on tv for a month trying to explain why his intern is in the Oval office doing him. How do you explain to your daughter that what you told her was sex is really not sex, according to her father? That women has no class what so ever. Send her to Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia. Make her secretary of state. Let her talk with the Mus lims and make treaties.... They know how to respect women..... lol
Panglonymous February 22, 2012 at 04:52 PM
So, the community values of a literal village derive from its small scale and the physical proximity/intimacy the villagers enjoy. Electronic communications media "shrink" space and time virtually, but the physical scale of the world remains the same, and its "villagers" are still remote. Virtual proximity/intimacy is not the same as the physical intimacy of walking the same paths, drawing from the same well, breaking bread together, and the community values are discrete. I guess "village" is just a warm metaphor to lay over what amounts (essentially) to a chilly neural network. Eh? :-)
Joker Joe February 22, 2012 at 05:08 PM
met00 O.K. Everything you say is true. I blame Bush. I blame Eisenhower. I blame everyone you want to blame. Now where is the CHANGE?
Joker Joe February 22, 2012 at 05:12 PM
met00 Quit calling Tonto stupid, stupid!
Joker Joe February 22, 2012 at 05:26 PM
PBC As I follow the stock market EVERY day I will tell you why we are at record profitability. 1st it is because of the high unemployment numbers. The less employees you have the more profits. 2nd. Industries have slimmed down due to the pull back in quantities of merchandise being able to afford. If your not working we can lower the on hand inventories. 3rd. Less taxes are paid because less goods are moving. Bad for the economy but better for companies. I will say this is a thank you to BO... He is about as worthless as you can get. Corporate greed is deplorable as you indicate and I agree. So what did Bo do about it? Billion dollar bailouts. You say Bo has been ham stringed. NO. He uses executive orders to get around congress but only when he wants to. We might just get rid of congress and save the money. Worthless. Or if that is to hard of a change to accomplish then let them stay home and mail them their checks. Bo can take over. He has done it already...
tinytom February 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Wonder what you think the 1% might think of the term global village?
Panglonymous February 22, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Global? Probably an aphrodisiac. Increasingly so as the heir gets more rare, I expect.
tinytom February 22, 2012 at 11:28 PM
We know from historical studies like Sleeping Beauty that the peasants are not allowed spinning on distaff or spindle by the 1%, and instead must knit by hand only.
Panglonymous February 24, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Perhaps The Lady should be knitting? The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" -Emma Lazarus, 1883 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Colossus http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2011/10/28/the-125th-anniversary-of-the-statue-of-liberty/5059/
tinytom February 24, 2012 at 01:51 AM
history www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR4_wjjYe5A&feature=b-vrec
Panglonymous February 24, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Swell clip, tiny. Life is rich.


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