Obama Visits Atlanta For One-Day Fundraiser

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ATLANTA (AP) -- President Barack Obama visited Atlanta for a few hours on Friday as part of a fundraising trip.

He arrived at the Atlanta airport Friday afternoon and left town
at 11:01 p.m. It was the first time Obama visited Georgia in 18
months.

Obama's visit included a big draw event with film producer Tyler
Perry and performer Cee Lo Green. It was part of three Atlanta
fundraisers in the hopes of increasing his fundraising pace to
prepare for a showdown with a Republican presidential nominee.

Obama lost Georgia in the 2008 general election by five
percentage points and is hoping to rally voters for a better
showing this fall.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and U.S. Rep. John Lewis were among
those who were scheduled to meet the president.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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