Obama Returns to Harlem for a Lucrative Fund-Raiser

March 30, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — Add this to all the evidence that Harlem has been gentrified since Barack Obama’s days as a Columbia University student: He returned there on Tuesday evening as the nation’s first African-American president, and for a $30,800-a-person fund-raiser.  The fund-raiser at the new and wildly popular Red Rooster restaurant was expected to raise about $1.5 million for the Democratic National Committee, a party official said. Afterward, Mr. Obama attended an invitation-only reception at the Studio Museum in Harlem for past Democratic donors.  Manhattan, the nation’s financial capital, has long been a fund-raising magnet for presidents of both parties, including Mr. Obama. But since being elected this was Mr. Obama’s first visit to Harlem, the community that historically has been a center of African-American culture but by Mr. Obama’s college years had become synonymous with the definition of an American slum.

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