President Obama arrived in Los Angeles on Monday evening for a quick trip that includes appearances at three fundraisers and a tour of DreamWorks Animation SKG.
Just after 5:30 p.m., the president stepped off Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport, jogged down the stairs and promptly boarded the Marine One helicopter that shuttled him to the Westside.
Local televsion news stations showed the president waving as he exited Air Force One.
Obama was to appear at two fundraisers Monday night to benefit Democrats running for Congress and the Senate. The first is a reception at the Beverly Hills home of Earvin “Magic” Johnson; also in attendance were Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The second event was a dinner at the home of Israeli American billionaire Haim Saban.
On Tuesday morning, the president is scheduled to attend a Democratic fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of Marta Kauffman, creator of the television show “Friends.” That afternoon he is set to visit the DreamWorks animation studio in Glendale to tour the site and deliver a speech about the economy.
Jeffrey Katzenberg, the chief executive of DreamWorks Animation, is one of Obama’s biggest contributors and fundraisers.
A May 2012 fundraiser hosted by Katzenberg at George Clooney’s house raised nearly $15 million for Obama’s reelection campaign. In September, Obama met Katzenberg for dinner at the Hilton Woodland Hills after an appearance by the president on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
The president’s trip to Los Angeles is the last stop on a West Coast swing that includes events in Seattle and San Francisco. Obama had planned a similar fundraising trip in September, but it was scrapped because of the government shutdown and possible military action in Syria.