Published: Aug 18, 2010 11:10 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 18, 2010 8:10 PM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Obama's brief visit to Miami Beach is bringing both cheers of support and signs of protest.

Obama arrived at the landmark Fontainebleau hotel just before 5 p.m. Wednesday at a benefit for gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink.

Hotel guests shrieked and yelled the president's name from their balcony while a handful of protesters congregated across the street.

The demonstrators held signs criticizing the president's position on an Islamic center in lower Manhattan and the country's continued involvement in overseas wars.

The Fontainbleau has hosted Hollywood celebrities and political luminaries throughout its history. Presidents Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy and Clinton have also visited the hotel.