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Obama fundraiser gripes about lack of valet parking at White House

A top fundraiser for President Obama on Monday noted the lack of valet parking at the White House and offered to pay for it himself — apparently in jest.

Haim Saban, a billionaire media mogul who was hosting a fundraiser for House and Senate Democrats featuring Obama, recalled his visit to the White House last week and the lack of someone to park his car.

"And we had a wonderful time – great food, great company, very inspiring. No valet parking!" he said. "You know what? I had to walk to the White House. We have valet parking at the Sabans! So, Mr. President, if you would, please, thank you. Taxpayers’ money? I’ll fund it, no problem.”

Obama responded to Saban's gripe later at the fundraiser, suggesting Saban personally was targeted for exclusion from the valet service but that it was offered to his wife, Cheryl.

"First of all, there was valet parking — for Cheryl," Obama said to laughter. "We thought it was appropriate for Haim to get some exercise. Cheryl, being the wonderful person that she is, declined the valet parking and so she might have joined him. But I would have been happy to have her drive right up into the South Lawn."

The Sabans are well-known Democratic fundraisers and donors and have also donated extensively to the Clintons.

Haim Saban heads an entertainment company perhaps best known for the children's show "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers."

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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