By Natasha Brown and Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Presidential motorcade rolled through Philadelphia Thursday evening. President Obama was in town for a high-priced Democratic fundraiser in Mount Airy.
About 120 people attended the fundraiser. The President was here to promote a very serious agenda, including the Affordable Care Act.
It’s not everyday the Commander in Chief is just a few blocks away.
“We definitely feel safe because there’s a lot of police protection right about now,” Karen said.
She was one of the dozens or so who waited for a glimpse of the motorcade.
“You know, you know don’t see the President every day,” a resident said.
“It was exciting. I mean, this is history in the making,” another resident said.
The President arrived in Philadelphia Thursday evening to attend a Democratic Senatorial campaign fundraiser at a private residence. Few could resist the chance to capture the moment on camera.
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey was in attendance at the $10,000 to $30,000-a-plate fundraiser.
“It’s also especially significant that he’s here when times are tough. We’ve got a big debate about healthcare in the country, we’ve got an economy that’s moving in the right direction, but still a lot of folks out of work and it’s a tough time for the country,” Casey said.
Just hours before greeting cheering fans in Philadelphia, the President addressed the nation about the Affordable Care Act.
“The roll-out has been rough so far and I think everybody understands that I’m not happy,” Obama said.
Just six weeks into launching the Healthcare.gov marketplace it’s been plagued with problems, something the President admits is concerning, yet not crippling his efforts to fix the problem.
“We’re going to solve the problems that are there. We are going to get it right. And the Affordable Care Act is going to work for the American people,” Obama said.
In addition to talking about fixing the Healthcare.gov website, the President also talked about rebuilding infrastructure and also strengthening childhood education as well. We understand that at least $1 million was raised at tonight’s fundraiser.
Three hours in the city for the President, then close to 9 p.m. Air Force One was back in the air.