Politics
8:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Free Tickets Available for President Obama's Speech During This Week's Austin Visit

Update: President Barack Obama will give a public address during his visit to Austin this week.

Obama will be at The Paramount Theater on Thursday for a speech on the economy. Tickets are free and available to the public. They’ll be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 Tuesday morning at The Paramount (713 Congress Ave). The White House will only distribute a limited number of tickets.

Doors will open for the speech on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are required for entry and are not for sale or re-sale. The White House says all attendees will go through airport-like security.

Original Story (July 2, 2014): Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will host a fundraiser for President Obama on Wednesday, July 9, according to a Democratic Party source who wished to speak on background. Tickets for the event will range from $5,000 to the legal limit of $32,400. The proceeds will go to the Democratic National Committee.

The event was first reported last month by the Hollywood Reporter, which said actors Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Danny Trejo - along with singer Demi Lovato - are among those who have signed on to "support the event." The Reporter says Rodriguez and Obama first met in 2012. 

The next day, July 10, President Obama is scheduled to attend a private roundtable discussion at the home of Aimee Boone Cunningham, a Democratic party activist who also serves on the board of the Center for Reproductive Rights

President Obama last visited Austin in April for a Civil Right's Summit at the LBJ Library. 

Texas Governor Rick Perry, commenting speaking this morning on Fox and Friends, said the president should pay a visit to the border.

"He's coming for a fundraiser," Gov. Perry said. "If he doesn't go to the border, I think it's a real reflection of his lack of concern about what's really going on there."