By Pat Sherman
First Lady Michelle Obama was in town Friday morning, Oct. 26, for a fundraising breakfast at the La Jolla Shores home of Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and wife, Joan, to raise money for President Obama’s reelection campaign. The minimum donation to attend the breakfast was $1,000. A photo with Mrs. Obama could be taken for $5,000.
The Jacobs are among the top donors to the Obama campaign, having contributed more than $2 million.
The host committee for the event included former U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Schenk and philanthropists Murray and Elaine Galinson.
Following the event, Elaine Galinson called Michelle Obama’s speech “absolutely terrific.”
“She is so dynamic and so exciting to listen to,” Galinson said. “It was well attended. More people wanted to come than were able to.”
Galinson said the First Lady reminded attendees that time was running out before the election.
“She said, ‘Turn off your television sets, get out and work, and turn out the vote,’ Galinson recalled. “She said these last few days are like the end of a really hard workout, but you know that the end is in site and you can get it done.”
The head of Obama's statewide reelection campaign urged attendees to travel to Nevada and help get out the vote.
The Jacobs’ granddaughter, Sara, largely organized the event, Galinson said, and did a "wonderful job."
Not everybody was ecstatic about the First Lady’s visit.
Down the block, a handful of protestors stood under the watchful eye of police and secret service, brandishing signs either deriding Obama or supporting his opponent, part-time La Jolla resident, Mitt Romney.
Roger Ogden, who identified himself as part of a group called “Stop Obama Now San Diego” said the public was not fully vetted about President Obama’s “radical affiliations” before he became president.
Prestwick Court resident and Romney supporter Jim Skeen, who walked down the block to witness the First Lady's arrival, added only: “We welcome the First Lady to the home of the next president of the United States.”
After encountering the protestors during her morning walk, Barbara Blomgren returned home to produce a sign welcoming the First Lady, which she posted on her garage door. She recalled when President Clinton attended a fundraiser at the Jacobs’ home in 1999, which she said said drew a positive reaction from neighbors.
“I think it’s rude to have hecklers on the corner with a sitting First Lady coming to lunch,” she said.
Andrew and Robin Baldwin also responded with their own sign, which read: “Way To Go Michelle: No More Obese Kids. Say Yes to Healthy School Lunches.”
“We’re very proud, very impressed with what she’s doing, and fully support her and her husband in their pursuit for another four years,” Andrew Baldwin said.