Open Thread: Obama's Hollywood Ties
Besides stopping by for an appearance with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" yesterday, President Obama held an undisclosed meeting with high-level Hollywood executives and celebrity representatives.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the event was not a fundraiser and attendees were not expected to donate to Obama's campaign, but those in attendance were all previous Obama supporters and are considered "'influencers' with the ability to help Obama shape the national political conversation heading into...2012."
What do you make of the secretive Hollywood meeting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Among those invited to the event were Miramax co-founder head Harvey Weinstein, CAA's managing partner and music head Rob Light, "Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan, Atlantic Records chairman Craig Kallman, Warner Bros. Records president Livia Tortella, and actor Kal Penn.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the meeting was fairly laid back.
...[T]he vibe was casual. The president appeared for about 25 to 30 minutes, telling the group that his campaign would be tough and he needed their help to engage the Hollywood community in particular and the general public at large.
This meeting followed Obama's Monday night fundraiser at the home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, which cost at least $5,000 to attend. At the fundraiser, Obama told the 200 guests, "We've got about 60 percent done...I'm pretty confident we can get the next 40 percent done in the next five years." The attendees of yesterday's executive meeting all have the power to continue delivering more celebrities to major campaign events in the future.
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