Geffen on Obama’s Win

David Geffen talked to Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times about Barack Obama’s victory.

At least in Hollywood, one of the turning points in Obama’s campaign came when Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg threw a fund-raiser for him in February, 2007. It proved that Hillary Clinton’s support in the industry was not inevitable. What created waves was an interview that Geffen gave to Maureen Dowd at the time in which he was highly critical of Hillary Clinton and her husband. It was a big public break from one of their most prolific donors.

“It resonated because it was what everyone was thinking, but no one wanted to say, because they feared the wrath of the Clintons,” Geffen told Goldstein. “That’s also true of the press. They didn’t want to take on the Clintons, because they knew they’d lose all their access. But this put everything out in the open.”

Goldstein writes, “Geffen sounded bittersweet about last night’s results. He was pleased to see Obama win such a convincing victory, but saddened to see that California voters had approved Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in the state. I found myself eager to ask Geffen, who’s spent considerable time in private with Obama, if the public candidate is different from the private person. “Not at all,” Geffen says. “He’s really quite consistent. It’s why the Republicans were never able to bring him down. He’s a calm but commanding presence, thoughtful, measured and always consistent. He’ll be an inspiring president.””

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