POTUS Raises Money From Hollywood
President Obama raised $1 million for House Democrats last night at a fundraiser in Los Angeles at the home of John Wells, a producer of television shows such as West Wing, ER and China Beach. The price of attendance was $2,500 per person, but co-hosts — who included J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Barbra Streisand — paid $30,400 per couple.
A few flowery passages from the rather lyrical pool report are worth quoting:
First the scene: the pool was ushered back through the Wells’ estate and onto a veranda overlooking a walled courtyard with a pool, surrounded by grass lawn, manicured lemon trees, sage, rose bushes and Japanese maples. The crowd milled around, drinking wine brought by waiters. A string quartet stood down as first Chris Van Hollen spoke, then Nancy Pelosi, who praised “a very, very successful event,” then introduced Potus.
He bound on to a brightly lit stage at 7:22, the air cool, the sun softening, and declared, “What a spectacular evening. Let’s just hang out.”
Despite his inclination, Potus didn’t stay long:
“Even as the other side wants to offer fear, we’re going to offer hope,” he concluded at 7:51, wrapping up a half-hour speech to loud applause.
He did not linger. The motorcade zipped back to Beverly Hills as the sun set over Olympic Boulevard. Good night, all.