His quick tour of the Westin hotel Downtown lasted less than half an hour, but the president managed to reel in hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash for the Democratic National Committee and four incumbents in Congress. The precise amount raised was not immediately available.
After leaping onto a ballroom stage in front of 650 people who dined on honey chicken breasts, cheesecake and champagne orzo, Obama proclaimed, "It's good to be back in Indiana."
"It reminds me of why I like getting out of Washington so much: People are friendly," he said to a round of laughter. "It brings back a lot of memories from all those days out here on the campaign trail. So, I want to start out tonight by saying thank you, thank you to all of you here in Indiana. I know that I'm here tonight because of you." . . .
About 650 people paid between $250 and $5,000 to hear Obama's 15-minute speech and support the four congressmen.Yves Kongolo, 25, Noblesville was one of them.
"Every time the president gives a speech, it motivates everybody," he said. "I got a handshake and a hug from the first black president of the United States. So of course, it was worth it.
"Obama also made a brief appearance at a DNC fundraiser in a small conference room filled with 30 to 40 people. That event cost $15,000 per couple, and the president spoke for less than five minutes.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
$15,000 For Five Minutes With Obama
That's how much wealthy Democrats paid to hear Obama speak briefly at the Westin Hotel late this afternoon at a fundraiser benefitting the Democratic Party. People who paid $500 to $5,000 at a fundraiser for U.S. Reps. Andre Carson, Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill got to hear Obama for about 15-20 minutes. His entire trip in Indianapolis lasted less than half an hour. The Star's Bill Ruthhart reports: