When President Obama visits Los Angeles later on Wednesday for a series of fundraisers and a speech at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, it will be the 17th time he’s made the trek since taking office.
Most of his appearances have been for fundraising, and often his itinerary has included events at the home of prominent industry figures. On Wednesday evening, he will be at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, and will headline an event for the Democratic National Committee, with tickets starting at $1,000 per person. Several hundred people are expected. On Thursday, he will attend a more intimate reception, also for the DNC, at the home of Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, with tickets at the hefty amount of $32,400 each.
Undoubtedly there is a certain status attached to having the president visit your home, but it only can happen when the Secret Service clears a residence for logistical and security considerations. And there also is the issue of who will be able to draw on a strong network of donors who haven’t already been tapped for contributions. The DNC, for instance, asked Rhimes to host the event, something she has not done before.
Outside of Hollywood, Obama has attended fundraisers at the homes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Harvey Weinstein and Robert Rodriguez (in a recent visit to Austin, Texas). Here who in Los Angeles entertainment circles has had a visit from the commander in chief.