Michelle Obama visit draws big donors, protests

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — About 230 people attended a $1,000 a plate fundraiser Friday that featured first lady Michelle Obama at the La Jolla home of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan.

The event raised money for President Barack Obama‘s “2012 Victory Fund.” The luncheon cost $1,000 a plate, but a photo with Michelle Obama cost $5,000.

No media was allowed at the event, but plenty of attendees spoke to Fox 5 afterwards.

“She’s very poised and very kind. She spoke the importance of voting and coming together,” said attendee Payten Hughes.

Mrs. Obama spent just over an hour at the luncheon.  She spoke about future goals, highlighted her husband’s accomplishments and energized the crowd about the upcoming election.

“It’s really important we all get out there and do what we can over the next 11 days,” said Obama supporter Barbara Bry.

“Michelle was unbelievable. She is exciting, she is on target, and she says what she thinks she is believable.  She could be president,” gushed Natasha Josefowitz, supporter.

Not everyone was as enthusiastic.  One block away from the Jacobs’ home, a group of protesters stood to send another message.

“He’s committed acts while in office that are illegal or unconstitutional,” said Roger Ogden, a protester. “We wanted to use this publicity to show our country is going in the wrong direction.”

Other protestors hired an aircraft that flew a banner that read: “Remove Dictator Obama.”

Jacobs recently was listed as the second-largest contributor to the president’s campaign and political action committees, giving more than $2.1 million, according to U-T San Diego. The largest Obama campaign benefactor, at $2.56 million, is reported to be DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The visit to San Diego was the first lady’s third since her husband became president in January 2009.

She attended a campaign event Thursday at the Los Angeles-area home of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and taped an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

After leaving the Jacobs’ home just after noon, the first lady flew to Las Vegas. Nevada is one of the closely watched swing states where her husband is showing a slight lead over Mitt Romney.

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