Empty Seats Line Obama Fundraiser

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 11:59 AM

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What if they threw a fundraiser and nobody showed up? It wasn’t quite that bad for President Barack Obama at a Miami fundraiser Monday. But it wasn’t that good either, Politico reports.

obama fundraiser empty seatsEven with tickets for the event starting at $44 a pop, the top level of the 2,200-seat concert hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts was completely bereft of attendees, as were some seats on the second and third levels.

A Democratic official looked at the glass as half full. “"The expectation was 900," the official told Politico, and more than 980 tickets were sold.

During Obama’s speech, he was interrupted at one point by a protester repeatedly yelling, "Keep your promise, stop AIDS now." But audience chants of "Obama, Obama, Obama" quickly drowned the screamer.




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