Closed-press meeting is in the President's Hilton hotel suite...
President Barack Obama capped his day in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday with a private dinner with movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Press Secretary Jay Carney revealed on Wednesday. Katzenberg, 62, is a multi-millionaire and has been a longtime fundraiser for the President and the Democratic party (above, together at a 2009 DNC event).
The closed-press dinner was not listed on President Obama's official daily schedule and took place in the President's hotel suite at the Hilton Woodland Hills, Carney said.
"The president had dinner with his long-time
friend, Jeffrey Katzenberg," Carney told pool. "Just the two of them, at the
President Obama paid for the meal, said Carney. But Carney did not
specify if the two dined from the Hilton's room-service menu or enjoyed a feast of
take-out during the private meeting.
Located on Canoga Avenue in the Warner Center, the Hilton is in the San Fernando Valley, a short drive from the NBC studio where hours before dinner President Obama taped his sixth appearance on The Tonight Show, discussing a range of issues spanning from Syria to his 52nd birthday party with pals.
The President's dinner bill is a
pittance at any price, considering the massive amount of cash Katzenberg
drop into the President and Democratic party's war chests since 2009.
Katzenberg has a net worth of $957 million, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal, and was among the top "bundlers" for the Obama campaign, reports the Center for Responsive Politics, raising more than $500,000 from
donors supporting Mr. Obama's reelection. In the last cycle, Katzenberg and
his wife Marilyn donated more than $3.5 million to Democratic
campaigns and spending groups, including $3 million to the pro-Obama super
PAC Priorities USA, $2 million of which was donated in 2011.
In May of 2012 Katzenberg co-hosted a fundraising dinner at George Clooney's Studio City mansion, offered to supporters as a contest to dine with the President and the film star: The Obama, Clooney & You sweepstakes. Non-winners paid $40,000 per plate to attend, and celebrity guests included Eddie Murphy, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr, Salma Hayek, Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin, designers Trina Turk and Diane von Furstenberg, with her internet mogul husband Barry Diller.
Months later, just ahead of Election Day, in October of 2012 President Obama visited Katzenberg's mansion on Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills for a meeting with "twelve major donors." The outing included former President Bill Clinton, and was designed to thank the silk-pocketed faithful. Later, Katzenberg co-hosted a $25,000/plate fundraising dinner for 150 guests, cooked by and held at one of chef Wolfgang Puck's LA restaurants.
The President's junket outside of Washington also included a stop in Phoenix, Arizona to discuss housing issues and the middle class. Today he visited Camp Pendleton, in the San Diego area, to speak to more than 2,900 troops. The President was scheduled to return to the White House late on Wednesday.
*Photo by Charles Dharapak/AP.