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President Obama's 24-hour stop in LA included a surprise for diners at Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles in the Mid-City area



    President Obama's trip to LA includes a stop at NBC Studio which could mean traffic problems in the San Fernando Valley. Kim Baldonado reports. (Published Monday, Oct. 24, 2011)

    President Barack Obama will make another appearance on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday as part of a two-day campaign swing through California that includes a 2 hour visit to the Bay Area.

    Mr. Obama has a fundraiser at the W. Hotel in the City this afternoon.

    Obama was the first sitting president to appear on the show March 19, 2009.

     After the 10:30 a.m. visit with Jay Leno, President Obama is scheduled to leave LAX at about noon for San Francisco.

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    He arrived in Los Angeles Monday for two fundraisers after stopping in Las Vegas to discuss his mortgage relief plan.

    After arriving at LAX at about 4:30 p.m., President Obama pumped a few bucks into the local economy by making a surprise appearance at Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles on Pico Boulevard. The restaurant was full of diners when the president walked in and order the No. 9 -- the Country Boy comes with three wings and a side (the president ordered candied yams) for $9.

    "It's healthy fried food," said an employee when asked about the First Lady's healthy foods initiative. "This is not deep-fried. This is skillet fried."

    Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, joined Obama at the counter. He greeted customers in each booth, shook hands and posed for pictures.

    His next stop was the home of movie producer James Lassiter. Supporters paid $35,800 to attend the Hancock Park fundraiser, at which Obama spoke about the different between his re-election campaign and his first campaign for president.

    "Back then, it was still fresh and new,'' Obama said. "I didn't have  any gray hair. Everybody loved the 'Hope' posters and all that. This time, we've got to grind it out a little bit. We've got to grind  it out. But the cause is the same. And my passion is the same. And my  commitment is the same."

    Attendees included actor Will Smith, who starred in Lassiter's film "Hitch,'' and former Laker Magic Johnson. Obama discussed the mortgage refinance program and said homeowners would be able to refinance at lower  rates, so they would have more money to "shop, go to Will's movies'' and  patronize Johnson's businesses.

    Obama then went to the nearby home of actors Antonio Banderas and  Melanie Griffith for a fundraiser organized by the Futuro Fund, a group of  Latino supporters of Obama. "Desperate Housewives'' star Eva Longoria, a co-host of the event,  introduced Obama by saying that he "speaks to the Latino community because he  knows he's the president of all Americans.''

    About 200 people attended the event, at which the president said "we've got much work left to do.'' Obama said he keeps a check list in his desk and that he has  accomplished "about 60 percent'' of his goals.

    "I'm pretty confident we can get the next 40 percent done in the next  five years,'' Obama said.

    Tickets for the event ranged from $5,000 to $35,800. The upper price was  determined by the contribution limits of $2,500 for a primary campaign,  $2,500 for a general election campaign and $30,800 for a national party  committee.

    Obama has made eight visits to the Los Angeles area since being elected president. He has spoken at political fundraisers during all but his first  visit. Of the eight trips, this is the third that includes an event other than a fundraiser. 

    The first visit on "The Tonight Show" included a gaffe when he said his bowling score -- 129 -- "was like Special Olympics, or something.'' Obama called Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver to  apologize.