BREAKING… 11:45 PM, 5TH UPDATE: President Obama sat at each of the 14 tables — “This is like speed-dating. I’m a Leo.” — and chatted up his Hollywood donors and “spent longer at this fundraiser than any in memory, by a lot”. But he also used the occasion of his record $15 million reelection fundraiser at George Clooney’s Studio City home tonight to praise the host — “We raised a lot of money because everybody loves George. They like me, they love him.” — but also refer to himself and the actor as “Dope and Hope”. Obama also talked about what every $40,000-a-ticket guest there also was talking about: Obama’s new support for gay marriage. “Obviously yesterday we made some news. [Applause] But the truth is it was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be. It grew directly out of this difference in visions. Are we a country that includes everybody and gives everybody a shot and treats everybody fairly and is that going to make us stronger. Are we welcoming to immigrants? Are we welcoming to people who aren’t like us, does that make us stronger? I believe it does. So that’s what’s at stake.”
Here are the latest White House pool reports (combined and edited for length). The journalists really snarked at Hollywood at several points. Read and enjoy:
Per a campaign source, 150 people attended who paid $40,000 each. The proceeds will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, which is OFA, the DNC and several state parties. Attendees included Clooney, his girlfriend Stacy Kiebler, Robert Downey Jr., Diane Von Furstenberg, Trina Turk, Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, Tobey Maguire, Billy Crystal, Jack Black, Salma Hayek, Antonio Villaraigosa and Howard Berman. The campaign declined to say how much they expected to raise, though host Jeffrey Katzenberg was overheard telling the crowd that it was a “record nearly $15 million,” two-thirds of which came from the supporters who took part in a contest to win a seat here.
Guests had to pass two security checkpoints before they reached the valet station in front of Clooney’s house. Once they dropped off their cars, they rode golf carts up his steep curving driveway to the party. Your pooler saw little of the Tudor-style ivy-covered stone house, aside from the three-car garage she was housed in. And the garage doors were shut once people started being shuttled up, so we couldn’t see who all entered (though I did catch a brief glimpse of Tobey Maguire – Spider-Man is short). Garage was spotless with few visible signs of life aside from a bike helmet, a garden hose, a few jackets and some Pellegrino. (more…)