LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — President Barack Obama Thursday wrapped up a two-day fundraising trip to the Southland.
He attended a roundtable fundraiser discussion at the Brentwood home of Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation in the morning.
Tickets to the event cost $32,400 each.
Obama then spoke at the L.A. Trade-Technical College at 1:15 p.m. where he focused “on the importance of job-driven skills training, particularly for fast-growing sectors such as health care,” according to the White House.
KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar reports hundreds stood in line at the downtown campus for hours in the blazing sun on one of the year’s hottest days yet, resulting in some injuries.
One woman had to be helped out after suffering from heat exhaustion. An ambulance also carried an overheated man out before the event began.
In his speech, the president said it’s the country’s job to provide training for its workforce.
“The job training programs can help folks who fell on hard times in the recession – help them find a solid path back to the middle class,” he said.
The president boasted that 10 million jobs have been added over the past five years and that unemployment is at its lowest since September 2008.
“Everybody who works their tail off is doing the right thing… who believes in the American dream [and] just wants a chance to build a decent life for themselves and their family – you are why I ran for president in the first place and I’m always going to be listening to you,” he said.
The president also emphasized his support for increasing the minimum wage and equal pay for women in the workplace.
Eva Cameron, a nursing student at the school who will soon begin looking for work, was among those enduring the heat to see the president’s address.
“There’s a lot of people looking and not a lot of positions available,” Cameron said. “I have to stay optimistic. I can’t just give up. I have to keep fighting and keep looking and I’ll make it.”
The president departed for Washington, D.C. from LAX following the event.
He arrived in the Southland Wednesday and attended a Democratic National Committee event for about 450 donors at the Hancock Park home of Shonda Rhimes, the producer of the Washington, D.C.-based drama “Scandal.” Kerry Washington, who plays the lead role on the show, was among the hosts. Tickets ranged from $1,000 to $10,000.
The president also made an unexpected stop at Canter’s Deli during his trip, which marks his 19th visit to Los Angeles since he took office in 2009.
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