Obama Visits Miami Today to Stump for Sink, Snap $10,000 Photos
A day after ex-prez Bill Clinton turned on the smiles for U.S. Senate-hopeful Kendrick Meek, none other than President Obama himself is set to visit Miami today to stump for the Democratic candidate for governor, Alex Sink.
And for those of you with $10,000 to burn and an empty picture frame next to your life-size scratch-n-sniff Jersey Shore Season 2 poster (FYI: Snooki smells like a Kmart dumpster), you're in luck: Obama will be posing for photos.
The fundraiser will take place this evening starting at 4 p.m. at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Police warn the visit could lead to "intermittent street closures" near the hotel, located at the corner of W 44th St. and Collins Ave.
Obama has been on a bi-coastal barnstorming tour to raise cash for his party ahead of mid-term elections this November, in which Dems could lose both the House and Senate to the mosquito-pitched, collective whine of "Noooooo!" that is the Republican Party.
NPC Southern States Bodybuilding Championships vs. NPC Southern States Fitness & Figure Championships
TicketsSat., Jul. 8, 6:00pm
Florida Launch vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks
TicketsSat., Jul. 15, 7:00pm
Florida Launch vs. Charlotte Hounds
TicketsSat., Jul. 22, 7:00pm
Intl. Champions Cup pres. by Heineken: Paris Saint-Germain v Juventus
TicketsWed., Jul. 26, 8:30pm
State CFO Sink could certainly use the help of Obama, who raised half a billion dollars in his campaign two years ago. Although currently ahead by a hair in the polls, Sink may very well face off against millionaire former hospital CEO Rick Scott in the general election. Scott has already poured tens of millions of his own dollars into his campaign, but must first defeat fellow Republican Bill McCollum in a primary next Tuesday.
General admission tickets are $250; $1,000 gets you a VIP ticket and "priority access" to the most powerful man in the world; and $10,000 earns you the title of event "host" and a photo with the deliberator-in-chief.
As you might expect, Florida Republicans didn't wait for Air Force One to touch down before bashing Obama's visit.
"It's always a privilege to have the President of the U.S, in our state," U.S. Senator George LeMieux said at a press conference Tuesday. "But know that the policies of this administration are killing jobs in Florida and putting us in a very difficult spot."
Not to be out-complained, Tea Party pretty boy Marco Rubio warned that America is "headed toward a Greece-like day of reckoning" if we don't heed that annoying little debt bell he's been wringing non-stop for the past six months.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Miami, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.