Could Michelle and Barack Obama Join the Romneys as La Jolla Residents?

First lady hints interest in moving here after White House, telling fundraiser: “It’s one of those [places] we’re kind of looking at when this is all over, don’t you think?”

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney—neighbors?

So suggests Michelle Obama.

In the first lady’s opening remarks at a $1,000-a-plate La Jolla fundraiser Friday attended by 100 people, she said: “It is just such a beautiful city. It’s one of those we’re kind of looking at when this is all over, don’t you think?”

The crowd of supporters reportedly cheered the remark made at the home of some of Obama’s biggest financial supporters—Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan.

Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president, also owns in La Jolla. And 2008 presidential candidate John McCain’s wife, Cindy, has property in La Jolla Shores.

Although possibly said in flattering jest, Michelle Obama’s remark reflects a history of presidents seeking retirement respite on the California coast—such as Richard Nixon and his Western White House in San Clemente.

The visit was the first lady’s third third visit to San Diego since her husband became president in January 2009.

The event raised money for President Barack Obama’s 2012 Victory Fund.

The Jacobses recently were listed as the second-largest contributors to the president’s campaign and political action committees, giving more than $2.1 million, according to U-T San Diego.

The largest Obama campaign benefactor, at $2.56 million, is reported to be DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The event brought a heavy law enforcement presence to the normally quiet neighborhood, plus a few protesters.

Here is a portion of Michelle Obama’s speech at the Jacobses’ La Jolla home: 

So now that we’re at 11 days out—and I know you’re going to be out there, right? You’re going to be taking to people. When people ask you what this president has done for our country, when you run into people who are still deciding which of these guys is going to be the best one to help keep America moving forward, a few things you can tell them.

In addition to everything he has done for our economy, for health care, for education, for women, I want you to tell them how Barack ended the war in Iraq. Tell them how he took out Osama bin Laden. Remind them how he is fighting every day to get veterans and military families the benefits that they have earned.  

Tell them about all the young immigrants in this country who will no longer have to live in fear of being deported from the only country they have ever called home. Remind them, tell them about the brave service members who will never again have to lie about who they are to serve the country they love.

And remind them of the concrete plans—do you hear me? I emphasize “concrete”—real plans that Barack has laid out for the next four years.

Send them to our website. We’ve got one. BarackObama.com/plans. And there, they can learn how he’s going to create millions of new jobs, train the best workforce in the world, boost American-made energy, reduce our deficit, end the war in Afghanistan so—did I say Afghanistan? I do know how to say the word—so that we can do some nation building here at home.

And tell them, please—this is the most important thing that I want you to tell them about their president. I want you to tell them that Barack Obama knows the American Dream because he’s lived it. He has lived it. And he is fighting every day so that every single one of us in this country can have that same opportunity—no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love. 

But let’s be very clear. While he is proud of all that we have achieved together—and we have done this together—my husband is nowhere near satisfied. Of all the people on this planet, Barack knows that too many people are still hurting.  He knows very well that there is plenty of work left to be done.  As President Clinton said, it’s going to take a lot longer than four years to finish rebuilding an economy from the brink of collapse.

On Thursday, the first lady attended a campaign event at the Los Angeles-area home of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and taped an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

After leaving the Jacobses’ home just after noon, the first lady flew to Las Vegas. Nevada is one of the closely watched swing states.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Cheryl Pronchick October 27, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Sherylnne, your racism is showing. A wife can't make a comment about how proud she is of her husband without being called "racist?" Please! And I'll bet you have never, ever, ever said ANYTHING in your entire life that was less than eloquent and completely appropriate, right? Brave to you!!
Cheryl Pronchick October 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I meant to say "Bravo to you."
Jay Berman October 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
God forbid ! Go to Hawaii 1/20/2013 - Good Riddance ....
Lydia October 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I'd like to go surfing with President Obama and Michelle! They're welcome at my favorite surf breaks anytime.
Sherylynne October 27, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Cheryl, I guess YOU missed the "proud" announcement I was referring to. Either that or you share her sentiment. Michelle is the racist. I am a proud American...and always have been! And, no, I never, ever, ever have said ANYTHING, not even CLOSE, to what Michelle said. I love this country, proud to be a part of it and I don't divide my country by COLOR. And, hopefully, that will end in 2013. We need to forward and unite as Americans. The Obamas had a wonderful opportunity to move us forward, but instead they chose to wipe out the last 60 years. He admitted he was prejudice when he said, "I will set my prejudice aside while I am in White House." Well, actions speak louder than words.
Sherylynne October 27, 2012 at 08:43 PM
"Could Michelle and Barack Obama Join the Romneys as La Jolla Residents? " NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I'll be glad when this election is over, if for no other reason than the Obamas will stop coming here!
Mike S October 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I'd rather have them living in La Jolla than Washington.
Cheryl Pronchick October 28, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Sherylynne, you present yourself as someone who loves America but you're very rigid in that it's only on your terms, which means you don't love America as you say you do. Rich, poor, fat, skinny, gay, liberal, conservative - you have to accept, or at least tolerate, it all. Please don't say you don't divide the country because that is all you are doing, and you're basing your entire argument on one comment. I don't agree with your assessment of Michelle Obama, so I guess that means I should pack my bags, right? No need to respond. Your point is very clear.
Lynn Marr October 28, 2012 at 05:34 AM
I envision a country where we are accepting of and tolerant of all, that we could live and work together in kindness and cooperation. I did miss the so called "proud announcement!" We are all entitled to be proud (or sometimes disappointed) in our spouses and family members, in our country! The Obamas are welcome, just as the Romneys were. Politics and racial prejudice can both be very divisive. I trust that our social understanding and conscience is evolving. It's a long process, but I and many others are advocating for compassion, which puts the community into passion for our convictions.
Things I Learned October 28, 2012 at 05:45 AM
We should put the community into passion for our convictions.
Cheryl Pronchick October 28, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Nicely said, Lynn Marr. I heartily agree.
David B Secor October 28, 2012 at 08:23 AM
RWNJ's = I LOVE America, I just HATE everybody living there.
Sherylynne October 28, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Obviously, you not only missed Michelle's statement, but Obama's as well. Typical of his constituency. If you want to address prejudices, maybe you ought to pay more attention. Obama stated that he would "put his prejudices aside while in the White House." Of course, he has not, but he said he would. But, then again, in 2008, he said he would do a lot of things. Four years later, we're still waiting. BTW, if you're going to comment about something might be a good idea to know what you're talking about. Michelle's offensive statement was about America, not her husband!
Things I Learned October 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM
It shows.
Colton October 28, 2012 at 01:31 PM
The First Lady and President would never move to boring La Jolla. Hello...this is the city of the boring, old farts club.
Things I Learned October 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
All class: "The Tea Party faithful gathered Saturday for a loud and enthusiastic rally aimed at to getting out the vote on Nov. 6 and putting Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the White House. A crowd of around 1,000 grew to about 2,500 at the rally, which took place inside the old Sam's Club on Regency West Drive.... Before the event could get under way, though, organizers say a truck affixed with "Obama" stickers drove through the parking lot and dumped quantities of nails. "We went outside and picked up what we could," said Lou D'Abbraccio, holding a cup filled with nails. "But this was just wrong." Lora Halberstadt, a Tea party member, said the group did call the Racine Police Department to file a report." http://mountpleasant.patch.com/articles/racine-tea-party-fires-up-the-faithful#photo-11923828
RATSJ October 28, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Wherever they move, they will be a welcome addition to any community.
Things I Learned October 28, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Ruby Rod October 28, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Sounds to me like whoever dumped the nails wanted the act to be linked to the Obama campaign. Hmmmmmmm????
Sherylynne October 28, 2012 at 04:07 PM
LOL! I suggest the "community" of Kenya.
Komfort October 28, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Things I Learned October 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Ed Sorrels October 28, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Won't happen ! Square peg in a round hole ! altho the boost to the economy would be nice, fitting out another california white house especially in la Jolla will be expensive, Methink's, Imperial Beach would be a better fit, If they can get a building permit, and get thru the building dept.! Land at Ream field and they are home and don't have to try to get to the freeway to leave. Maybe a Presidential Suite In our New Hotel ? Think of the increase in budget to our sheriff's dept. to provide security like they charge for Sandcastle Days ? A real boost for the economy !!!!!!!!! Or Not !
Sherylynne October 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Obama still owes the City of Newport Beach $30,000 for security rendered when he was there for a fundraising dinner. That was in May!! He ignored the statements sent to him. They sent him a letter explaining to him that he had not visited on government business and, therefore, it was not a taxpayer event and he was personally responsible for campaign costs. Pretty sad when the POTUS had to be told the taxpayers are not responsible for his personal campaigning costs. Harvard must have lowered their academic standards back in the day when Obama was admitted. Well, now he knows and he still hasn't paid. CA does not need an unemployed deadbeat democrat in January. Chicago...Detroit...Kenya (welcome home...remember his visit to Kenya when Obama told them it felt to good to be home?), but NOT HERE.
Things I Learned October 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM
$30,000 would buy a lot of choom if Barack Obama didn't keep raiding the cannabis clubs.
Sherylynne October 30, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Do they have "surf breaks" in Kenya?
Bill Kay October 30, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I 2nd the motion .
Bill Kay October 30, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Interesting info then again Nothing would supprise me about the inept clown .
David B Secor November 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM
"I'mWhiteYou'reWrong" gang members in San Diego County! Shocking. The funny (both "weird" AND "ha-ha") thing is this: The IWYW racist commenters here from inland SD County don't know that people who actually live in La Jolla would much prefer having the Obamas as their neighbors to low-life racist losers like YOU. IWYW, what a pitiful non-organization. If IWYW members don't think so - go to La Jolla - knock on some doors - and ask residents if they would prefer the Obamas next door - or you. Please post your survey results here. (Let me guess - you call yourselves "christians," too, don't you?)
Things I Learned November 11, 2012 at 07:16 PM


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