Michelle Obama drops out of California fundraisers

October 9, 2013
First lady Michelle Obama attends the ceremony to present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. The 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizing millions of people to take action that is changing the world and recognizes individuals who are making a difference through service and volunteerism. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony in July. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Bad timing for a pair of West Coast fundraisers this weekend: Headliner Michelle Obama has dropped out, causing organizers to scrap their plans.The first lady was scheduled to appear at two big-ticket events: A $32,000-per-person roundtable Friday at the Los Angeles home of “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Philip Rosenthal (Obama was subbing for her husband, who canceled a similar party in September) benefiting the Democratic National Committee. Ditto for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “women’s brunch” Sunday in San Francisco (tickets up to $32,000) hosted by Nancy Pelosi, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Looks like stumping for Democratic dollars during the shutdown is considered bad form. The White House didn’t get back to us; a spokesman for Pelosi said the brunch will be rescheduled.

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