HOL­LY­WOOD: OBAMA’S FRIENDLI­EST STAGE OF ALL

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

The dream meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Obama and the glit­ter­ing king­pins of Hol­ly­wood on Tues­day has been billed as “the en­ter­tain­ment sum­mit.” It’s more like the star-stud­ded fi­nale to a fundrais­ing ex­trav­a­ganza, with the word “Oba­macare” stricken from the script. It will mark the sev­enth mon­ey­mak­ing event in a mere 48 hours for the seem­ingly tire­less pres­i­dent.

In­deed, Mr. Obama meets with DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion CEO Jef­frey Katzen­berg, who founded the stu­dio with David Geffen and Steven Spiel­berg two decades ago. All three of them have been con­sis­tent mil­lion-dol­lar donors to the pres­i­dent’s cam­paign. Con­sider, for ex­am­ple that a sin­gle fundraiser hosted by Mr. Katzen­burg at the op­u­lent home of ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney last year brought in $15 mil­lion.

So this last event is the big op­por­tu­nity, per­haps, and one that brought a glint of fangs from White House deputy press sec­re­tary Josh Earnest, when he was asked if Mr. Katzen­berg’s fundrais­ing prow­ess had any in­flu­ence on Mr. Obama’s visit, which will in­clude a speech about the, uh, econ­omy.

“Con­tribut­ing to the pres­i­dent’s cam­paign or be­ing a po­lit­i­cal sup­porter of the pres­i­dent doesn’t guar­an­tee you a pres­i­den­tial visit, but it shouldn’t ex­clude you from one ei­ther,” Mr. Earnest told re­porters who were cu­ri­ous about this plot twist.

“DreamWorks ob­vi­ously is a thriv­ing busi­ness and is cre­at­ing lots of jobs in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and the fact of the mat­ter is Mr. Katzen­berg’s sup­port for the pres­i­dent’s poli­cies has no bear­ing on our de­ci­sion to visit there,” Mr. Earnest said.

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