Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony in July. (Susan Walsh/AP/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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