President In Boston for $40K per person Fundraiser
Here's the pool report from the media covering the president's arrival in Boston on Monday afternoon.
Air Force One touched down at Logan International Airport at 4:36 p.m. under threatening skies. President Obama stepped briskly out of the plane after a short flight from New Hampshire, waving to about 100 guests who had been invited to greet him on the tarmac in a secure area near the cargo terminals.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino was the first to greet the president, who embraced the mayor warmly. "Welcome to Boston," Menino said with a wide smile. Obama greeted several other people before heading to supporters waiting behind a barricade, smiling, signing autographs, posing for photos, and shaking hands.
After 10 minutes, he entered the presidential limousine, accompanied by Menino, for a motorcade to Hamersley's Bistro in the South End, where he was joined by 25 supporters, including advertising magnate Jack Connors, who had each paid $40,000 to attend the fundraiser.
The convoy used the Ted Williams Tunnel and continued on the Mass. Pike until Fenway Park, where the vehicles made a U-turn through an opening in the median barrier before exiting at Copley Square.
Hundreds of workers, just finishing their shifts, watched the procession and its heavy security with passers-by -- gawking, pointing, and taking photos of Obama's limousine.
Several streets in Boston's historic South End were closed during the private fund-raiser, which was closed to the media.