Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Appearances: Obama Victory Fund 2012 Rally

4/21: Speaking at the Obama Victory Fund 2012 Kick-Off With The President And Jamie Foxx, a re-election fundraising rally at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

A couple reports about the rally
 Second fundraiser speech was much the same as the one last night. Some highlights and sightings: The audience shouted "Four more years! Four more years!" and President Obama joked, "Actually technically it’s more like five and a half."
Someone fainted during POTUS's remarks. "Give them some room," POTUS said, calling for the medics and saying the person probably just needed air or some juice.
POTUS was going on about the things he's gotten done when someone in the audience shouted, "We need your leadership." "I'm right here but I'm going to need yours as well," he replied.
He talked about how some Democrats are frustrated with him. He mimicked what some of them say, "I don't like that compromise with the Republicans. ... Health care took so long."
He joked about his age, which he has done regularly this entire trip, saying those Democrats are like, he's older and not so fresh. Earlier in the speech when he was remarking on his gray hair, someone shouted that gray was OK. "I’m gonna let Michelle know you said it’s OK," POTUS said. "Folks here in Hollywood can go gray for a part."
When he stopped speaking, "Your Love Is Lifting me Higher" started playing on the sound system and POTUS shook hands.
Dem official says before pool arrived Jamie Foxx emceed, Rashida Jones spoke, Jason Moraz performed and a choir from a public schoool in South LA sang.
Jamie Foxx and Rashida Jones were among a small group of VIPs that were standing in an area on the floor next to the stage. A couple White House staffers were mingling with them, including Jay Carney and Jon Favreau.

-- Pool Reports of Obama's California Trip, The Page @ TIME.com

At the large rally for younger donors, a group dubbed Gen44, singers Jamie Foxx and Jason Mraz and actress Rashida Jones warmed up the 2,000 plus audience in Sony’s Studio 30.
The soundstage was used to film parts of "Spiderman 4," "Cast Away," "Men in Black 2," "Iron Man 2," Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," "The Ring," "The Dirty Dozen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and many of Esther Williams' films, Sony VP Jim Kennedy told reporters.
Obama entered to his signature theme from the band U2, “City of Blinding Light” and chants of “Four more years!” (Though Obama corrected them to say it was more like five and a half.)
He launched into what are now becoming very familiar themes in his stump speech: the progress made coming back from recession and the challenges ahead, such as comprehensive immigration reform, revamping energy policy, reducing the deficit and implementing ‘shared sacrifice.’
-- Big Names in LA Raise Some Big Cash for Obama..., Political Punch @ abcnews

And according to Women's Wear Daily, Rashida will attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday night as a guest of Condé Nast and Glamour magazine.
Glamour’s Cindi Leive will play host to Rashida Jones; America Ferrera; Kristina Schake, special assistant to First Lady Michelle Obama, and Rachel Roy. David Remnick will miss Tracy Morgan this year, but Zach Galifianakis will be there to cheer him up at The New Yorker’s table, along with Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and the Coen brothers.

Dining with Time Inc. at Time magazine’s table are Sen. Scott Brown and Steve Buscemi and Terence Winter of “Boardwalk Empire.” They are joined by “Game Change” director Jay Roach and producer Danny Strong, Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper and designer Tara Subkoff. Fortune will host Mira Sorvino and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams.

At Tina Brown and Newsweek’s tables, Colin and Alma Powell will rub elbows with Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer of “True Blood,” Jason Sudeikis of “Saturday Night Live,” President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, Michael Kors and six-packed congressman Aaron Schock. Diane von Furstenberg will also sit with Newsweek to keep Barry Diller company.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will hold court at The Wall Street Journal’s table with CIA director Leon Panetta, Sen. Max Baucus, Gov. Nikki Haley and congressmen Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy.

The Atlantic and National Journal, in a combined tabling effort, will host Taylor Kitsch of “Friday Night Lights”, Maria Bello and Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev of “The Vampire Diaries.”

CBS will find a chair for Kerry Washington, Daniel Dae Kim, Morgan Fairchild and Hill Harper of “CSI.”

At ABC’s tables, Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger will host White House chief of staff William Daley; National Security adviser Tom Donilon; Cathy Russell, Jill Biden’s chief of staff; White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard; Sen. Marco Rubio; Attorney General Eric Holder; Adm. Mike Mullen; Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Salem Al-Sabah, ambassador from Kuwait; Gary Locke, U.S. ambassador to China, and Amy Rule, Rahm Emanuel’s wife. To lighten up the ABC crowd, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks will join ESPN anchor Erin Andrews, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family” and Jane Lynch of “Glee” at the network’s tables.

After the festivities, celebs will head to after parties held by Vanity Fair and Bloomberg at the French ambassador’s residence or Capitol File’s event at the Ronald Reagan Building. This year, MSNBC’s party will be harder than ever to get into at the Embassy of Italy.
-- Women's Wear Daily