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Report: Obama wants to visit Atlanta movie set

President Barack Obama and Tyler Perry at a March campaign event at Tyler Perry Studios. AP photo

President Barack Obama and Tyler Perry at a March campaign event at Tyler Perry Studios. AP photo

President Barack Obama heads back to Atlanta for more fundraising this week, and reportedly wants to visit the set of a movie filming here.

Deadline reports that Obama wants to visit the set of “42,” the movie about baseball great Jackie Robinson. Actor Chadwick Boseman plays the athlete who broke MLB’s color line by joining the Dodgers in 1947, and Harrison Ford stars as Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. The movie, which has been filming in Birmingham, Chattanooga and Macon, is wrapping up with some final background scenes in Atlanta this week.

AwMBRKyCMAAFla4According to signs going up in Midtown over the weekend, filming will take place this week in Midtown – on Cypress, West Peachtree and Peachtree streets. Thanks to Travis Nichols for sending the image of the notice, at the left. The notice points out that off-duty Atlanta police officers will be there to direct traffic. Traffic’s always affected when movies take over a city street, and of course if the president shows up that’s going to kick things up a notch.

“Well, of course I said it would be OK” for Obama to visit, Legendary Entertainment chief Thomas Tull told Deadline. He has donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012, Deadline reported.

Alliances with the stars helped Obama’s war chest when he was here in March for a number of fundraisers, including one hosted by entertainment mogul Tyler Perry. Obama raised more than $734,000 from Georgians that month.

The president’s star-studded March event did cause a minor dust-up, though, as entertainer Cee-Lo performed the original version of the song rendered into the family friendlier “Forget You” on commercial radio. Cee-Lo’s performance featured a hand gesture familiar to Atlanta drivers who have just been cut off in traffic, too, and a video of the episode made the rounds online.

Details of the movie set visit were still being worked out.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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The Man

June 24th, 2012
8:50 pm

Obama 2008 …. “HOPE and CHANGE”

Helluva campaign slogan/promise, Sir ……… In the immortal words of Judge Smells (Caddyshack):

“WELL……WE’RE WAITING!!”

I swear-to-god, a black person could come up with an argument (a.k.a. excuse) that the USA is in the Southern Hemisphere! And if you didn’t agree with him/her it would be “because he/she is BLACK!”

99.8% of BLACK voters that voted for Obama did so b/c he’s …… BLACK!

This is a no-brainer. Just like I don’t need someone to tell me the sky is blue! Dam* bros & hos, just accept it when the “jig-is-up!” U people are hilarious sometimes! The sky isn’t blue, Haaaaaa! Santa Claus isn’t white, haaaaaa! I don’t like watermelon, haaaaa!

marie

June 24th, 2012
8:52 pm

Too many of the posters here are incapable of hiding their racism. Pure and simple racism.

The Man

June 24th, 2012
9:00 pm

Atlanta Sky …

Go eat some more fried chichen & collard greens. What flavor Kool-Aid would you like with that!?

Question…..how much was a gallon of gas when the black wonder took office?
Answer….$1.80.

How much is it now? Yeah, he’s looking out for the public interest. And that’s just ONE item he’s failed the American people on. BTW … why don’t you ask contries that have FREE health care how well that works instead of only thinking about your own, stupid “handout mentality” agenda!

American Black:
“I’m living in the greatest country on the planet, against my will” …. “I wanna go back to my homeland (Africa), and live in a third world country”. Please go, crime rates in the USA will definitely drop! Hate to state the facts, but oh well….

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metro observer

June 24th, 2012
9:26 pm

Not surprising Obama coming to view a movie with a black theme. The city can spend tons of overtime and gobs of money to tought him. But come Nov will be for nothing. The organizer will be back in Chicago lamenting his time in the WHITE House

metro observer

June 24th, 2012
9:30 pm

How is that hopey changey thing working for you. …That’s what I thought. Still waiting for your motgage payment to be paid, gas in your car, at double the price in 2009. Keep on believen as you are hearded over the cliff.
Another thing ,listen to your hero, he wants you to give up your vacation and donate the funds to him. Be sure to wire quickly, Michelle needs the funds for her European vacation :-)

shirley

June 24th, 2012
9:30 pm

the next few days they will be filming in Inman Park. I have a notice on the tree in front of my house

sleestak

June 24th, 2012
10:24 pm

The “racist” Obama going to get slapped down this week! His healthcare law is done for, ha ha

Talker

June 24th, 2012
10:43 pm

Why does Obama dislike the caucasian side of his family tree? He his both half African black and Midwest white – tired of the racist sheet from both sides. Herman Cain is an American black man and 90% of Black Americans hate him – brain washing apparently runs for generations…. Learn to think for yourself folks.

Black Boortz

June 24th, 2012
10:56 pm

Ok, let’s say Romney’s policies hurt the poor. Obama’s hurt the rich, middle class, and those striving for more in life. Now, tell me: who would YOU rather hurt? I don’t know about you, but I think the earner can better spend his/her money than the government.

TruthLies

June 24th, 2012
11:24 pm

Hey @The Man

Santa Claus IS White, but he is NOT REAL! Jesus Christ ON THE OTHER HAND was ANYTHING BUT WHITE! However, the world seems to have no problem accepting THAT lie!

Truth just IS fool. It does not need your validation.

TruthLies

June 24th, 2012
11:39 pm

@Talker So then explain to us why Herman Cain (a “Black” man) could not garner Black support?? After all.. he IS “Black”, right?? Black people do in fact have no ability to discern otherwise, rather support the candidate SIMPLY BECAUSE he’s “Black”, right?? Just goes to show you how limited your critical thinking skills are. It is because what Herman Cain stands for and who he aligns himself with. We are not stupid. We have always battled against forces in our own community who were propped up and installed as agents provocateur by those thirsty for oppression maintenance. Herman Cain is one such individual, no different than the RNC was trying to use that fool of a Black radio host in Chicago Larry Elder to sew seeds of discontent regarding Jeremiah Wright. Alan Keys – another such willing particapant. Clarence Thomas. Michael Steele knows HE got played (now). He was another such participant. He is now a REGULAR contributor on MSNBC because now that “y’all” have used him up, you have no more use for him! Ooohh…he’s trying to coalesce but we see what’s going on with him. He’s just too prideful. So, get schooled some more before you come out here with all that yang.

Talker

June 24th, 2012
11:53 pm

@truth lies how is life on the plantation? You been out chasing runaways this weekend? Why do you so desire a leviathan ( look it up) state? You are better than that aren’t you? Or should the man always run your life?

Holly

June 25th, 2012
4:58 am

I know Obama probably won’t win in Georgia, but he should. There are many uninsured people in GA who desperately need health care and who have no access to it without Obama’s plan being enacted. As for people talking about the economy, you have to be out of your mind to blame Obama for this economy. Bush squandered our surpluses and put us into massive deficit spending. It took him eight years to destroy Clinton’s economy. Nobody could fix that disaster in less than 4 years. It’s going to take time to undo what republicans have done to this country.

Rufus

June 25th, 2012
5:09 am

Love the President! Somebody who gets it and cares about the common man. Its hard cleaning up mess and especially when you dont have the support of republicans. I really believe a lot more people see whats really going on in Washington.

American

June 25th, 2012
6:01 am

To ALL you 1% on this blog who thinks 4 more years with PRESIDENT OBAMA is a mistake. Imagine Mitt cutting social security benefits to fund another CRAZY WAR, can you imagine that? I still am amazed at the stupidity of some people. Bush took a surplus and went to an imaginary WAR sent jobs overseas, have you called a customer service for an American company lately and he destroyed our country in 8 yes 8 YEARS! How in the name of GOD do you want to be 1% think that we would recover in 4 yes 4 YEARS? You can add right. Now seeing also our wonderful REPUBLICAN Congress and all that they are doing to help get our jobs back, oh, what, you don’t want to talk about that, well how about how mitt plans to get our jobs back, oh, I see, he NEVER give a DIRECT answer to that and many other questions. People all I see is a President trying with great odds against him and what is it that you see…be honest. This is AMERICAN we are not a corporation! Peace

[...] President Obama Expected In Atlanta Today For Fundraising & To Appear On A Movie Set [...]

Out and proud LIBERAL

June 25th, 2012
7:47 am

The republican hasn’t been born who would get my vote over President Obama. It just feels good to finally have a president we can all be proud of….. after eight long years of the National Embarassment. Welcome to Atlanta, Mr. President!

[...] Perry in March. It comes as no surprise then that in between fundraisers in town the President will drop by the set of ’42′, a film about Jackie Robinson’s first year in the Bigs. Deadline reports that Obama wants to [...]

howard harlow

June 25th, 2012
8:24 am

can any of u venters tell me what color or race u have to be too get to heaven. HELLO!

NotYou

June 25th, 2012
8:26 am

@shady – this is one of those times when, just because you think it is true and you wished it were, doesn’t necessarily make it true.

Nickie

June 25th, 2012
8:31 am

I think that town in New England has it right. When a candidate come to town to campaign (as opposed to an official presidential visit and this is a campaign stop) then that person’s campaign organization should pay the cost of all special security, etc. No exceptions -

tool

June 25th, 2012
8:38 am

OMG 2012 OMG 2012 OMG 2012

LeRoy

June 25th, 2012
8:55 am

How many millions does it cost us for Drama Obama to visit Atlanta? His big 747, unbelievable security, inconvenience of citizens, etc. I know, who cares!

Lisa

June 25th, 2012
9:11 am

When is he coming? I got stuck in downtown last time he came and don’t want to do it again!

TruthLies

June 25th, 2012
9:32 am

@Talker

See you just don’t get it. “The man” has no bearing or rule over my personal existence whatsoever. In fact, “the man” can kiss my @–, which is the REAL problem you have with me because you know that’s what my attitude is. You just try to spin it into something else because that has always been a part of the game of maintaining the status quo. Now pucker up…

Darlene Hogan

June 25th, 2012
9:34 am

When is this man going to realize that he is NOT a movie star but the President of the United States (of course it would be nice if he knew exactly how many states there are in the US). I would vote for a Morman over a moron.

ACE

June 25th, 2012
9:39 am

The celebrident is coming

muddy

June 25th, 2012
9:40 am

American, the answer to your question is you are a moron too. Mr. Oblamer couldn’t tell the truth if he had to. Lies, Lies, Lies. That is what he is about. Yes, Bush was not the best President ever but this man has accumulated more debt than all President’s put together in 3 and 1/2 years. He is so unqualified to run a country. He couldn’t run a ice cream palor if he had to. He has been nothing but an embrassment to this country. He is a lunatic.

muddy

June 25th, 2012
9:42 am

Holly, keep drinking the cool aid. You are still living on the democratic planation

No Obama

June 25th, 2012
9:44 am

MANY blacks voted for Obama simply based on race – if you don’t believe it check interviews with Tyler Perry who said openly, he had never voted in the past but registered and voted for Obama – tell me that wasn’t race related. Or the lady behind me to vote who said – what are all these lines for on the form, ain’t we just votin for Obama – oh and she was black as well. Too many people had these experiences to deny the truth!

muddy

June 25th, 2012
9:59 am

Sorry Dww, moron and idiots do not deserve respect. Did he respect you when he went over seas and stated that Americans are not a christian nation. What does he want them to be, Muslim like him. A community organizer who hangs around communist people, haters of America. That must be what you are. If you want to live in a socialize country then move. I am fed up with working hard and my tax money going to support lazy ass people like you and illegals who are draining our systems. His one and only reason for passing the dream act was for VOTES. He is a liar and a disgrace to this country.

Orlando

June 25th, 2012
10:01 am

Darlene you vote does not count, u can’t spell, so go ahead and vote for your MORMAN.

facebook fans

June 25th, 2012
10:04 am

Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!?

hokie4life

June 25th, 2012
10:04 am

PLEASE turn off the comments for this article! It ALWAYS turns ugly and most post are pointless. This post is about OUR president – like it or not- visiting Atlanta, comment on that.

No Obama

June 25th, 2012
10:16 am

OK – I think rather than spend the money for security allowing the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES to visit a MOVIE SET maybe he should stay in DC and work on some of the promises he made last election!

OBAMA 2012

June 25th, 2012
10:20 am

ALL IDIOTS SPEAKING NEGATIVELY ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA. YOU WERE QUIET AS A CHURCH MOUSE WHEN THAT DUMB AS A DOORKNOB BUSH WAS IN OFFICE. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS FOR THE WORKING CLASS. BUSH & ALL OF GOP IS FOR THE WEALTHY, SO IF YOU ARE JUST WHITE & THINKS THE GOP CARES ANYTHING ABOUT YOU, YOU ARE SERIOUSLY CONFUSED & PATHETIC. STOP LOOKING AT RACE & LOOK AT WHAT’S BEST FOR AMERICA.I’M NOT VOTING FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS BLACK, I AM VOTING FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS FOR THE WORKING CLASS & TRYING TO STOP THE GOP FROM MAKING THE WEALTHY RICHER & NOT PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. PEOPLE WAKE UP!! BUSH HAS SCREWED UP THE ECONOMY, PRES. OBAMA INHERITED ALL THE WRONGS OF 8 YEARS OF BUSH. IT DOESN’T TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO USE COMMON SENSE. I JUST DON’T GET YOU PEOPLE, AS IN ANYONE THAT IS TALKING AGAINST PRES. OBAMA. LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE. SOME OF YOU MAY NEED GLASSES. AND FOR THE IDIOT THAT CALLED PRES. OBAMA AN IDIOT, HE IS ANYTHING BUT. HIGHLY EDUCATED, UNLIKE BUSH PARTYING & DRINKING HIS WAY THROUGH COLLEGE WITH THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS.

OBAMA 2012

June 25th, 2012
10:22 am

IMIGRATION HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOREVER. IT DIDN’T START WITH PRES. OBAMA. ILLEGAL IMIGRANTS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO CROSS THE BORDER SO WHY NOT LEGALIZE THEM & THEY PAY THEIR SHARE OF TAXES. THERE IS NO EASY ANSWER. IN FACT, UNLESS YOU ARE NATIVE AMERICAN, YOU ARE ILLEGAL ALSO.

Jack Jones

June 25th, 2012
10:35 am

There are a lot of IGNORANT people posting on here I see. FYI, to say that xxx% of black people voted for Obama “because he’s black” really shows how dumb you are, because Black people as a whole have voted 90 something percent for the Democrat candidate for 2 decades or more. Do your homework people (check the %age Clinton got, the %age Kerry got of the Black vote…all in the 90+%) and stop using that argument. It really shows how much of a hack you are.

dee

June 25th, 2012
10:37 am

President Obama is the greatest president ever…. He isn’t racist and continues to fight for ALL AMERICANS despite their race or gender. Although I do not support gays, they are humans.

TruthLies

June 25th, 2012
10:58 am

@Hokie

You are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! One thing that kills me about AJC blogs, more “race wars” are fought on them than news discussion, and in the most vile manner. I would like nothing more than to come om. blog and engage in a civil, thoughtful discussion. However, too many readers of AJC simply desire to perpetuate the same evil and lies that have been perpetuated about minorities in this country for 400 years. Why the hell are they so bitter? Simply because the image they see holding the highest position in the world is exactly the one they love to ridicule. And so, they feel the need to deligitimize the man, and in some of the most disrespectful ways. The moderators of AJC blogs are wholly complicit in that they allow it to happen. Of course we have freedom of speech, can’t argue that. So with that I choose to give people back what they put out. I am NOT a turn-the-other-cheek type of person. Oppressive personalities love people who are because they effectively submit to the oppression. Honestly, and ultimately I would never subscribe to AJC or financially support any of its entities because it is a socially irresponsible news outlet in my opinion. Do I come out here from time to time? Yes. It is the only game in town. I’d never put my money behind it though.

Missing the Point

June 25th, 2012
11:03 am

Why is this becoming a black/white/rich/poor issue? You are all missing the point. There is no reason for our President to be hanging out on a movie set when there are bigger fish to fry – “Fast and Furious” (no, not an installment of a crappy movie franchise), health care, job creation, finding alternative sources of fuel. I don’t care if my President is a Republican or a Democrat, but if they’re making visiting a movie set a priority over matters of national attention, it is a serious problem.

Quit focusing on the demographics and start focusing on the issues, people.

HENRY

June 25th, 2012
11:05 am

THE DAMN EQUIPMENT TRUCK HAD FORSYTH STREET BLOCK AT 6 AM. WHO CARES ABOUT THIS CRAP????????

GO AWAY OBLOMMA

HENRY

June 25th, 2012
11:05 am

DOE IS STUPID AND YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID

howard harlow

June 25th, 2012
11:06 am

YOU CAN’T PRAISE THE LORD ON SUNDAYS AND THEN ON MONDAY MORING VENT THE OPPOSITE. YOU PEOPLE WHO DO THIS ARE REALLY TWO FACED HYOCRITES.

Vladimir Sonovabitch

June 25th, 2012
11:09 am

Oy My God!!! You Obama supporters are so ignorant. How is it that record spending to give us the highest increase in national debt in the shortest amount of time in history, record unemployment levels since the Great Depression, lowest and worst economic growth rate over an extended period of time, the highest corporate taxes in the WORLD, driving more businesses and jobs overseas, lying to the American people about,…. oh I don’t know… about 100+ things, like the REAL cost of Obamacare, making the US the laughing stock in International Affairs (We ranked 5th at the last summit)…. I can go on…. How in the HELL does that make him deserving of another 4 years? HOW? I just don’t get it!! HOW? Tell me!! You’re all so caught up in the fact that hes black (When hes really only half) you’ll vote for him If you’re on public assistance for more than 12 months and or have an IQ less than 125, you should’nt be allowed to vote. Period.

If you’re too stupid to not be able to take care of yourself and all you want is a handout, then you’re too stupid to understand the consequences of your vote. You’re too stupid to understand the complexities of government, capitalism, taxation, economics. If you don’t know the difference between profit and a profit margin and how they relate, then you’re too stupid to vote. Stay home and let the real people vote for what’s best for this country.

Randall "Jeff" Simmons

June 25th, 2012
11:14 am

He should focus on keeping his job and running the country.

soapbox

June 25th, 2012
11:16 am

I dont hate Obama, i dont like his policies, he is not a King!!and you dont know him personally..so this love fest is ridicoulus..He is just a man that got media attention and support because he is black…he didnt have experence, background or leadership skills…and its starting to show..he blames everything and everybody on his failures..and there are plenty..is he a bad guy? no! he is over his head….$5 trill more in debt in less than 4 yrs, socialist, devicisive , and has not done one thing he promised…nothing!!! his transparency is crap,like all politicians
Romney,i dont know him either, but i do know he has made good decisions his entire career.. i will vote republican and hold the same a$$ clowns in office at check as i do dems…We the people deserve better..vote out the cronies and progressive liberals and lets vote in character and leadership…this persone can be black, white, hispanic, asian…no women..lol kidding…but the libs you watch your media talking heads and repubs you watch fox..we’re all sucked into the drama..just recognize it…
im not voting for romney because he is white..im not NOT voting for Obama becuase he is black…
im better of than i was 4 yrs ago, because i did it…not anyone else..

TruthLies

June 25th, 2012
11:16 am

Henry you act like President Obama put the damned movie truck there!!! Remember how all you TAX HAWKS were so happy that Gov. Deal extended all these tax incentives to Holloywood filmmakers in order to entice them to come to Atlanta to film and boost our economy and status in the film industry??? The movie will be shot here and the street will be blocked off whether Obama was here for a fundraiser or not. Please aim all your b@@@hing at the Director, crybaby. You cannot have it both ways. Some of you clowns expect the President to just sit on his @– and not campaign for his own re-election! Just sit in Washington and NOT COMPETE, 4 months out from election! Yeah, tie one hand behind your back Mr. President, that’s the way those who fight dirty like it. They like you handicapped, because they know how powerless they truly are when you are at full strength. Cowards.

Jack Jones

June 25th, 2012
11:20 am

HENRY

June 25th, 2012
11:05 am

Henry is clearly an example of how ignorant some GOP folks are. He’s blaming Obama for the truck being on the street at 6am…LOL. Poor Henry, please don’t procreate.