President Obama will start a three-day swing that blends politics and policy with a town hall Tuesday at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale.
From Tuesday to Thursday, Obama is scheduled to speak at two other town halls, one in Reno, Nev., the other at the headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto, Calif. He will also attend at least four fundraisers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, where the president will end his trip before returning to Washington on Friday.
White House officials say the president’s schedule is not being shaped by politics. But the next three days have an obvious political tenor. Virginia and Nevada are two important swing states, and the president is likely to bring in millions of dollars for his 2012 campaign through the fundraisers in California, one of which requires donors to give $35,800 to attend.
The fundraisers are part of the official kick-off for Obama’s 2012 campaign. The president spoke at three fundraisers in Chicago last week and will attend another in New York City next week.
This trip comes after Obama spent much of Monday speaking with reporters from local television stations in swing states, including Indiana, Colorado and North Carolina.
“We look at where he hasn’t spoken before, where the market is, and proceed from there,” said White House Spokesman Jay Carney, in discussing the interviews, denying the choices are made according to 2012 considerations.
The president will spend Tuesday at the White House before leaving for California early Wednesday. He will speak at an Easter prayer breakfast that includes religious leaders such as T.D. Jakes, who runs a megachurch called The Potter’s House in Dallas.
Obama will also hold a meeting on immigration reform. The White House has not yet released a full list of attendees for the breakfast or the meeting.
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