SAN ANTONIO — President Barack Obama was greeted by city leaders and throngs of supporters Tuesday during his first visit to San Antonio since taking office.
Obama made the trip to Texas on Tuesday to raise an expected $5 million at four fundraisers -- two in San Antonio and another two in Austin.
The president addressed a crowd of 1,300 supporters at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio just after noon.
Tuesday marks Obama's first visit to the Alamo City as president. His last visit was in 2008.
Actress Eva Longoria is also in town to show her support. Along with a handful of city leaders, Longoria will be attending the president's second fundraiser, which is a private event.
Pockets of protesters set up downtown among supporters pushing their way to the convention center. Among those protesting were supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
Obama was expected to wrap up his trip to the Alamo City around 3:30 p.m. before heading to Austin.
Meanwhile, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was campaigning in the swing state of Pennsylvania. Romney is hoping to take the attention away from his business record and instead shift the focus on the president's economic record.
Some analysts believe the president's attacks have begun to stick to Romney, while others say the polls tell a different story. The race so far is considered a dead heat with the latest Gallup Poll showing Obama in the lead by two percentage points.