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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Photo of the Day: Obama visits Atlanta

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  • Dustin Chambers
  • President Barack Obama steps out after an intro by Tyler Perry
The president had a busy day in Atlanta yesterday.

After attending a private fundraiser where 75 people each paid $10,000 to hear him speak — and after shutting down I-20 during rush hour — President Barack Obama visited Tyler Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta.

The approximately 1,000 attendees, all dressed to the nines, were greeted by a wall with the phrase "A place where even dreams believe" upon entering the 200,000-square-foot facility. After a brief security line, attendees were led to the studio's backlot, a huge strip of faux facades used in the TV show "Meet the Browns."

The backlot at Tyler Perry Studios.

More photos and details about the fundraiser follow after the jump.

After an hour of hors d'oeuvre-ing in the backlot, attendees filled a brightly light sound studio. Cee Lo Green warmed up the crowd with a few songs from his latest album (and, of course, "Crazy"). He hilariously ended the performance with his single "Fuck You." The singer made it halfway through the first chorus of the unedited version before realizing that it wasn't the most appropriate way to introduce the president, and switched to the edited chant of "Forget You".

After Cee Lo stepped offstage, Mayor Kasim Reed took the stage to praise Obama. A screening of the 17-minute "documentary"/campaign ad "The Road We've Travelled" followed. The Tom Hanks-narrated film highlights some key events in the president's first four years, including: the revitalization of the American auto industry; the end of the Iraq War; the passing of the health care bill; and of course, killing Osama bin Laden.

Finally, Perry came on stage to introduce the president, comparing their difficult childhoods and success they've found. Obama came out to thunderous applause and spoke for 30 minutes, recapping his first term and outlining plans for his second.

To end the evening, Obama held one last fundraising party at Perry's house. Tickets to the intimate dinner cost $35,800.

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