Empty Seats Abound at Obama's Fundraiser
Event draws 980, one protester
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2011 8:24 AM CDT
Barack Obama greets people after addressing a crowd at an event dubbed the 'Obama Victory Fund 2012 Kickoff Reception,' on June 13, 2011 in Miami, Florida.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – President Obama held a relatively cheap fundraiser in Florida last night, and Politico wasn't impressed with the turnout. Obama filled around 980 seats in the 2,200-seat Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts, leaving the entire top level empty. Tickets cost $44. One Democratic official downplayed the turnout: “The expectation was 900."

The presentation itself began with an introduction from Alonzo Mourning, and was interrupted at one point by a protester, who yelled, “Keep your promise, stop AIDS now!” But the crowd quickly drowned out the protester with shouts of “Obama! Obama! Obama!” The president did not address the AIDS issue.