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The Best And Worst Of President Obama's Fundraiser At The Apollo

I went to President Obama's fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem last night. Here are some of the best and worst parts about it.

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Best

This guy. I'm not sure if he was a volunteer or worked for the Obama campaign. Either way, he was the press escort. He had to bring us to the bathroom. What you can't see in this picture is that he was chewing on a toothpick and had a pretty badass Batman belt buckle.

Best

Ticket prices. Tickets were between $100 and $5,000 per ticket. Pretty affordable for a Presidential fundraiser. According to the NY Times, last March the President held a $38,800-a-person fundraiser at celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson's popular Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem.

Worst

The security. The security messed up. I overheard a volunteer say someone from TMZ snuck in. They also accidentally let half of the media leave when they weren't supposed to.

Worst

View this video on YouTube

Brooks & Dunn playing during every break. Major buzzkill. After every performance they played this song. I heard it at least 3 times. We were at the Apollo!! C'mon.

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View this video on YouTube

Obama singing "Let's Stay Together." He opened with this. The crowd loved it.

The crowd also loved whenever he talked about education.

Worst

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The second half of his speech. Obama totally nailed the first half of his speech, but it seemed like the crowd got a little tired midway through.

He spoke for about 30 minutes. Longer than I expected.

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