Obama In NYC For Fundraising Events, Gridlock Expected

Get ready for gridlock. The President and First Lady are arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport at at 4:35 p.m. before hopping a helicopter to Lower Manhattan. Then it is on to the World Trade Center site where Mr. Obama will tour the rising Freedom Tower skyscraper with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The president will also greet construction workers and sign a steel beam that will be installed in the tower.

The visit will likely cause headaches for PATH train riders as the PATH World Trade Center station will be closed at times from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then look for more gridlock as it's on to "Sex in the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker's West Village home for a 5:15 p.m. fundraiser.

In a campaign commercial, Parker says, "The President and Michelle Obama are coming to my house for dinner on June 14th." Tickets for the dinner cost $40,000 a pop, and 50 people are expected to attend.

Then look for more traffic problems including frozen zones and re-routed buses in the city as the President moves on to the Plaza Hotel for another fundraiser featuring Mariah Carey. Two hundred-fifty people are expected to shell out $10,000 per person to nosh and hear the songbird chirp for the campaign.

A little over a week ago Mr. Obama attended a similar fundraiser at the Waldorf where he told the faithful, "We will not go backward, we will go forward."

He closed by saying, "Thank you New York. I love you."

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