President Obama’s fund-raising swing through Los Angeles — which had been anticipated to be in mid-spring — will be a joint event for the Democratic National Committee and Barbara Boxer. No location has been set, but he previously raised money at the Beverly Hilton in his last visit through L.A. donor circles in May of last year. (Via LAObserved).
Obama had a few contentious moments with Fox News’ Bret Baier, with Baier pressing the president to talk about the process of passing the healthcare bill and Obama wanting to talk about its contents. A highlight:
The Senate Commerce Committee will be the first up to bat in taking on the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, with a hearing scheduled for Tuesday. It’s expected that FCC officials will be among those called to testify.
Antonio Banderas will be a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, focusing on the fight against global poverty. The actor said he will have a focus on Africa and Latin America.
Steven Spielberg is attached as producer to a script about the like of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Los Angeles Times reports. The script comes from Noah Oppenheim, head of development at Reveille.
Kathy Griffin, in D.C. for her Bravo show, had a meeting with Barney Frank and “asked him if he’d ever had relations with Barbara Walters,” according to Politico. She also says she paid a visit to Sarah Palin’s home in Alaska along with her son-in-law, Levi Johnston, but Johnston refused to get out of the car.
Quotable: “Just this morning Rahm and I were talking about the importance of
passing health care and I said to him, ‘Rahm at least put on a towel.” Obama, in a videotaped message at tonight’s White House Correspondents Dinner. Vice President Joseph Biden appeared in person at the annual event, and had a few signature quips of his own.