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

LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
President Obama during his last visit to Austin for a Civil Rights Summit in April

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 DannyTrejo- along with singerDemi 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 Obamalast visited Austin in Aprilfor 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."

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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