Obama In Boston For School Visit, Fundraiser

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – President Barack Obama will talk education innovation with philanthropist Melinda Gates and pitch politics to Democratic Party donors in Boston Tuesday afternoon.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

The president landed at Logan Airport on Air Force One around 2:30 p.m.

He will visit TechBoston Academy in Dorchester at 3:15 p.m.  The public school opened in 2002 with money from a foundation headed by Gates and her husband, Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft.

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The president also plans to address a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser at the Museum of Fine Arts Tuesday evening.

Tickets for the dinner start at $5,000 per person.

WBZ’s Political Roundtable on Obama visit

The school visit is designed to draw attention to Obama’s call for the creation of a federal agency designed to pursue breakthroughs in education technology.  Obama requested $90 million for the agency’s first year in the budget blueprint he sent to Congress last month.

Read: Excitement, Disappointment Ahead Of Obama Visit

TechBoston, a grades 6-12 pilot school within the Boston school district, represents the combined effort of government, businesses, philanthropists and communities.  The school integrates technology in all its academic courses and relies on partnerships with a series of high-tech business partners, including Cisco Systems, Microsoft, IBM and Google.

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  • Tracey Anne Lopes

    Whoopty bleeping do! Glad I don’t have to go…..

  • NickW

    Just what he should be doing. We have an oil war going on and gas is nearing 5.00 a gallon.

    Give me a break Obama!

  • Denise

    Maybe I would be impressed if it wasn’t a school founded by the Gates Billions. Why isn’t he going to an “inner-city” public school! So far he hasn’t done anything that has impressed me.

  • response

    90 Million to create another government agency for breakthrough education technology? In this economy?
    Our town can’t afford to put a new roof on the elementary school.
    There are ways to better invest in our childrens education.

  • Christina

    Hello, we seem to have an oil and gas crisis and this is how you are helping us?

  • J. Poe

    Honestly, what would you have him do? Since Libya only supplies 2% of worldwide oil and OPEC is about to release more …. why don’t you folks pick on the CFTC, you know the commission that continually allows speculators to drive up oil prices on Wall Street? You know those folks. The commission that will not follow the passed (2008) Dodd/Frank bill that limits speculating? You know those folks? Get some facts before you rant against a President who is driving the economy back to what it was in 2007 in spite of the republican forces of evil. Take a look at the big picture here.

  • Sharon

    Denise–President Obama visited an inner city school last Friday in Miami. A school that typifies the stereotype in its history, but through great determination has made dramatic strides in improvement. Education is vitally important to the future of this country. A bipartisan agreement.

    • fortguy

      TechBoston is an inner city school which received a one time 500,000 grant ten years ago as a start up…it receives no money from gates…and most of its students qualify for reduced lunch…..

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  • Ellen

    Well since for some reason I can’t comment on the Boston Globe about President Obama’s visit to this school then I will comment here. It must be exciting for these teachers and kids to see the President, and wish I was there with you. Hope you all had a great day, and a day you will remember for a long, long time.

  • dannie

    nice to see that people can pay $5000.00 to go to the fund raiser. how about the celtics players who can afford that should do something to make them worth the fame they have like helping to educate the students in boston school who need a education to surive in the world. TO THE CELTICS PLAYERS WHO ARE OVER PAID TO NOTHING GOOD, MAKE A DIFFERANCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT EDUCATION IN BOSTONS SCHOOLS. THEN YOU WILL BE ON YOUR WAY TO EARNING THE REPECT OF YOUR COMMUNITY.

  • J. Poe

    Sounds like quite a bit of hate being misdirected here. The original report is an applause to the Tech School and what they have accomplished and the fact that our President congratulates them on his visit.
    The further part of the broadcast spoke of the success of the fund raiser at the MFA.
    To link the Celtics participation in the fund raiser with their perceived lack of community support is illogical. There is no question that Celtics players and indeed sports personalities in Boston across all sports have made a difference. Is there factual information that this particular Celtic did or DOES NOT give back?

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