The Presidential Planner

By Gorman Gorman

Oct 15, 2009 9:32am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
The President today will travel to the Big Easy.  He’ll speak with students at the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School, the only school to re-open in the Lower 9th Ward since hurricane Katrina. Afterwards the President will hold a town hall at The University of New Orleans to hear from people in the region about the Gulf Coast rebuilding.

This will be the President’s first trip to the region as President. It will be a quick trip – just under four hours, and the President is already receiving criticism from some that it’s nothing more than a drive-by visit.  Read more from ABC’s Karen Travers and Matt Jaffe on this HERE.

The White House has strongly pushed back against the criticism by noting that the Gulf Coast region "has been only one of the most highly visited areas" for senior White House officials and cabinet members, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Later the President puts on his fundraising hat and will raise a little coin for the Democratic Party – with a fundraiser at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. The DNC is expecting to raise about $3 million during tonight’s fundraiser. Dinner is $30,400 per couple, and reception tickets are between $500 and $1000 each.

-Sunlen Miller

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