Obama Coming to San Diego

President's West Coast tour includes fundraisers in Hollywood

By Michael Gehlken
|  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011  |  Updated 2:31 PM PDT
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President Barack Obama will visit San Diego next month as part of a three-day West Coast tour, a White House official said Wednesday.

The president's trip will start in Seattle on Sept. 25. He will also make three stops in California: San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. Obama's trip will wrap up in Denver on Sept. 27.

"I'm excited he's coming into San Diego," said Jess Durfee, county chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. "I think it's the first time since he was elected. I don't have any details yet ... All I've had are emails confirming that he will be in San Diego on Sept. 26."

The president is expected to attend a fundraiser held at a private La Jolla home, the Los Angeles Times reported, on the same day he attends two Hollywood fundraisers, which are expected to attract entertainment industry supporters, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Durfee considers the visit to be "good for a community," considering the number of federal expenditures in the area, from military and defense to research.

The president's travel schedule is picking up again following a summer that saw him largely stuck in Washington to deal with the contentious and protracted debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling and cutting government spending.

The official, who spoke to The Associated Press, insisted on anonymity because the trip has not been officially announced.

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