In Hollywood, Obama plays pitchman
By Scott Wilson
LOS ANGELES - Concluding a long day of fund raising before a Hollywood crowd, President Obama framed his legislative accomplishments Monday evening as the "most progressive" in generations.
His appearance at the home of John Wells, executive producer of television shows such as "The West Wing" and "ER," showed Obama tailoring his message to his audience, which was expected to include co-hosts Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg among other entertainment industry liberals.
Earlier in the day, Obama made clear to an audience in Milwaukee, Wis., that the economic progress he is working for is without ideology. Wisconsin is a swing state, however, and even Democrats who attend fundraisers there tend to be more conservative than the Hollywood brand.
"I hope you understand why we're here tonight," Obama told those gathered at the Wells' Hancock Park home. "It's not to take a picture with the president. We're here to make sure those who took the tough votes are rewarded."
Speaking without notes, Obama said, "We have been able to deliver the most progressive legislative agenda -- one that helps working families -- not just in one generation, maybe two, maybe three."
The event benefited the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and its chairman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), was in attendance. Couples paid $30,400 for dinner and a picture with Obama; a $2,500 ticket was good for the reception only,
There was no immediate estimate for how much Obama raised at the event, although it was expected to top $1 million. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who also attended, called it "a very, very successful event."
Obama will continue his five-state trip Tuesday in Washington state, where he will raise money for Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. He will also meet with small business owners at a bakery in downtown Seattle.
August 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency | Tags: Barbra Streisand, Chris van Hollen, Democrats, Hollywood, John Wells, Los Angeles, President Obama, Steven Spielberg, Wisconsin, fundraiser, president
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