After traveling to El Paso to deliver a speech on immigration reform, President Barack Obama headed to Austin for two campaign fundraisers.
About 750 people attended the first fundraiser at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. More than 50 attended a more expensive fundraiser at a private home.
Ticket prices ranged from $44 to the legal maximum limit of $35,800. The total amount raised for the two events is expected to be about $2 million.
During the first fundraiser Obama touched on many of his usual talking points, which include health care, national defense and renewable energy. He also made sure to touch on his visit to El Paso.
“I was just down in El Paso before I came here,” he told the crowd in Austin. When some in the crowd shouted out in excitement at the mention of the border city, Obama said “Yeah, nice place El Paso.”
“We need to confront the challenge of immigration and pass comprehensive immigration reform that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants,” he said. “We can do that.
The President spoke about his vision for a “bold and optimistic America” that gives people a shot at the American dream.
A vision “where we live up to the idea that no matter who you -- what you look like, or who you are, no matter whether your ancestors landed on Ellis Island or came over here on a slave ship or crossed the Rio Grande, that we’re all connected to one another, and that we rise or fall together,” Obama said.
Obama also mentioned the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“We’re taking the fight to Al Qaeda and because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation’s uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America,” he said.