By JOSH LEDERMAN
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, before boarding the Marine One helicopter. Obama is traveling to Texas for a Democratic fundraiser in Dallas and tomorrow he will attend dedication ceremony for President George W. Bush’s library. He will also attend a memorial service for the victims of the fertilizer plant on Thursday at Baylor University. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
DALLAS (AP) — A day before sharing the stage with his Republican predecessor, President Barack Obama is raising Democratic money in Texas.
Obama arrived in Dallas on Wednesday, where he and first lady Michelle Obama will headline a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.
Obama has been raising money for Democratic Party organizations during recent travels, an effort to replenish funds the party spent during his re-election last year and to build up party accounts that could be used to help add Democrats to Congress.
Wednesday’s event will be at the home of prominent Obama fundraiser Naomi Aberly. Also in attendance will be the former U.S trade representative and Dallas mayor, Ron Kirk. About 60 donors are expected; tickets for the event range from $10,000 to $32,000.
On Thursday, the president and Mrs. Obama will attend the dedication ceremony for former President George W. Bush’s presidential library at Southern Methodist University. The ceremony will be a rare joint appearance for Obama and Bush, plus other living former presidents.
Obama will also travel to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, for a memorial service for victims of the fertilizer plant explosion last week in the nearby town of West. The blast left 14 people dead and hundreds more injured.