Jun 07, 2012 03:26 PM EDT
President Obama Rallies in Hollywood
President Obama made his second campaign stop in Los Angeles on Wednesday, capitalizing on the goodwill he gained from his gay-marriage endorsement with two fundraisers geared toward the LGBT community.
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At the Beverly Wilshire, the president spoke about his administration's progress in its first term, and the need for a second, among other things.
"I could not be prouder of the work that we've done on behalf of the LGBT community," Obama said, according to an article by The Wrap.
During his half-hour speech, the president blended familiar campaign slogans from 2008 with themes targeting his audience's interests. He recalled a memorable workout at a Marine base in Hawaii during which several Marines paused to thank him for ending the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
"I tell that story so that if anybody out there asks you what this campaign's about, you tell 'em it's still about hope and change," he said.
A number of star-studded celebrities, political higher-ups, and corporate moguls were in attendance. Including Ellen DeGeneres, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Peter Roth, CEO of Warner Bros. Television; Dana Perlman, co-chair of the LGBT Leadership Council; Chad Griffin, incoming president of the Human Rights Campaign and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson showed up at the Beverly Wilshire.
"I will not be singing tonight," the president joked following his host's introduction, as roughly 70 guests gathered at tables arranged around a fountain in Murphy's courtyard.
"A whole lot of progress has been made but ... you recognize that the journey we started in 2008 isn't finished" Obama said, calling for supporters to drum up "even greater determination" than they did four years ago.
Guests at the second event included Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon, "Glee" actress Jane Lynch, Banana Republic/Gap Inc. president Jack Calhoun, and HBO executive Michael Lombardo, according to the White House pool report.
These two latest Hollywood-heavy events follow on the heels of Obama's hugely successful May 10 fund-raiser at George Clooney's Studio City home, which raised $15 million for the president's re-election campaign.