HOLLYWOOD: OBAMA’S FRIENDLIEST STAGE OF ALL
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.