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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.

By Scott Wilson  |  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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Comments

OK, who here elected this guy to Campaign and Vacation?

Wait a Minute!

On second thought, he COULD actually be back in Washington promoting his Agendas!

Never mind! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | August 17, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama belongs with HOLLWEIRD people and should move there and be with those in the land of fruit and nuts.

Posted by: rd62561 | August 17, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama belongs with the HOLLYWIERD people..he should move there it's the land of fruit and nuts.

Posted by: rd62561 | August 17, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

When will Obama stop fundraising, taking one vacation after another, and stop the lavish parties at the White House?
27 Hours at the gulf. What a laugh.
Meanwhile China is building up its Military in an alarming way, and Obama sits by while Iran gets the nuke.
China is now the second biggest world economy, growing at 10% a year. They own us and are now selling off our dollars to buy euros.
Yes, the truth is finally out . Obama is a far left progressive, and the progressive agenda is destroy the USA from within by bringing down our economy and weakening our military. Just look at the people he surrounds himself with.They are all socialist, pro Muslim, and don't believe in fighting Terrorism.
Huge debt, bloated corrupt government, and Obama fiddles while the USA goes down.

Posted by: joanz3 | August 17, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

California is controlled by public unions that in turn control the progressive controlled legislature. The governor can only veto and then watch as his veto is overridden. Californian pay top taxes, has among the highest unemployment rates in the country, with some counties as high as 27% and certain pockets up to 40%. Companies are fleeing California because of their strict unneeded regulations on business and their withering business taxes. California is being overrun with illegals that are afraid to go to Arizona. California's budget deficit is over 19 billion dollars and no budget has been agreed upon yet. The State has to hand out I.O.U.s to vendors and furlough public employees and yet they seem to want Jerry Brown a known enemy of job creation, but a friend of tax raising as much as they want Meg Whitman a known job creator who can save them.
"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," Obama said. Yes and the progressive agenda is killing jobs and weakening America.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to leave Los Angeles Tuesday morning, bound for Seattle, the next stop on a five-state trip, primarily for fundraising. (file)

President Barack Obama is scheduled to leave Los Angeles Tuesday morning, bound for Seattle, the next stop on a five-state trip, primarily for fundraising. He just loves Air Force One.

In his only public appearance during 17 1/2 hours in Southern California, Obama used a $1 million Hancock Park fundraiser Monday night to remind donors about his successes in the midst of criticism from both ends of the political spectrum.
In addition to criticism from conservatives for the stimulus bill and health care legislation, Obama has drawn criticism recently from liberals for abandoning the public option in health care.

The fundraiser at the home of television producer John Wells raised $1 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official campaign arm of Democrats in the House of Representatives, organizers said.

This was Obama's fourth trip to the Southland since taking office, the last three of which have been exclusively for political fundraising.

Posted by: mharwick | August 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama owes the people of Los Angles an apology for scheduling this fund raiser in the middle of rush hour and shutting down traffic for hours.

We are aware that he holds the common folk in disdain but this was beyond incredible!

Posted by: mwhoke | August 17, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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