LOS ANGELES -- President Obama arrived in Los Angeles Thursday and, as he so often does when he is here, attended a fundraiser. This one was at the home of actress and founder of the "eminent lifestyle publication" GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Paltrow's children, Apple and Moses, attended the fundraiser at her house in Brentwood. Paltrow hosted the fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, which said that 200 people came to a reception at Paltrow's home and 50 for a dinner.
Tickets for the reception started at $1,000 each, and the dinner was predictably pricey, starting at $15,000 a head. Julia Roberts and Bradley Whitford were spotted. Paltrow told Obama she is "one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest.”
Both Paltrow and Obama recalled how she hosted an expat fundraiser for Obama’s reelection campaign in London.
“And, Gwyneth, thank you for not just what you did this time, but what you did last time, because it did make a huge difference to us,” Obama said. “Even though I couldn’t go, I wanted to go, but they said there are no voters that I can knock on doors in London.”
“I’m trying to remember who drew the tough job of attending that event. I think it was Messina, wasn’t it?” the president added, referring to his campaign manager Jim Messina, who now works as a campaign adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, “What a scam.”
For her part, Paltrow said of Obama, "It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass."
Paltrow spoke about Obama's efforts on the environment and equal pay for women, telling the crowd that they are "very important to me as a working mother.”
Obama, meanwhile, touched on subjects ranging from the Islamic State to equal pay for women, the environment and Ebola.
While the likelihood of an Ebola epidemic in the United States is very small, "there’s a humanitarian crisis that’s happening in West Africa right now where children not much older, and in some cases younger, than Apple and Moses, are dying on the streets alone," Obama said.
The president said people are still anxious about the economy, in large part because while it has improved, wages have not risen. "Most of the gains in our economy go to the folks who are in this lovely yard," Obama said to the audience, who were seated on white holding chairs in Paltrow's backyard.
And in one more reference to the idyllic setting, Obama thanked Paltrow and her two children for "letting us crash at your house." "I promised that I would put everything back," he said.