President Obama departed Los Angeles on Friday morning, but a White House pool report hints of what may have been on his agenda before he left the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City.
Spotted in the lobby of the hotel was Zach Galifianakis, the actor, comic and host of Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns.” That is the mock talk show that taped a White House interview with Obama in February 2014. The episode got so many Web hits that it was credited with helping boost enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.
Also spotted, along with senior White House officials, was manager and producer Eric Ortner, co-chair of the White House’s Entertainment Advisory Council. That group organized showbiz messaging efforts around the launch of the Affordable Care Act and, more recently, a segment during this year’s Grammys to stop domestic violence. Obama appeared in a pre-recorded video, followed by a performance by Katy Perry. The segment directed viewers to the ItsOnUs.org site, which focuses on stopping sexual assault.
First lady Michelle Obama also was in Southern California on Thursday to tape an appearance on “The Ellen Show,” but she traveled separately from her husband.