President Obama trekked to Melrose Place eatery Fig & Olive for his next event of the evening: A $17,900 dinner.
Stars who were there included Jack Black, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, as well as writer-director Judd Apatow, producer Jon Landau, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am, producer Quincy Jones, Legendary Entertainment’s Thomas Tull and California Gov. Jerry Brown. Also present among the 110 attendees were Eva Longoria and Gina Gershon.
Per the pool report, DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg introduced Obama, saying, “I have a dependency on President Obama. He inherited a crashing economy and two wars …yet he kept us moving forward….He was dealt adversity on all fronts, but he maintained his stature…We must keep fighting for him so he can keep fighting for us.”
Obama told the crowd, “Don’t get tired on me now.”
The co-chairs of the evening were Katzenberg, political consultant Andy Spahn, Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon and the Capital Group’s John Emerson. Solomon and Emerson are Southern California finance co-chairs of the re-election campaign.
While there have been reports of donor disenchantment, fundraisers I talked to say the big challenge has been to find high-dollar givers who have not yet reached the legal limit they can give this year. Obama’s Hollywood-centric fund-raisers in April and his wife Michelle’s events in June drew such stars as George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Barrymore and Ryan Phillipe. There’s talk of another event early next year, when donors will once again be able to write checks to the Democratic party.
“I think Hollywood is very positive,” Landau told the pool reporter. “I think they’re very excited about what’s going to happen next year. I know not everyone in the country is, but I think everybody here believes over the next 4 months you will see who the true leader of the country is.”
At the House of Blues event, Obama did address frustration among his supporters, but did not cite a smattering of protests outside, mainly from the left and over such issues as the war in Afghanistan and economic inequality.
Here’s video of Obama at the House of Blues event this evening.