First Lady in LA at start of 3 days in California
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to be interviewed by Ryan Seacrest and speak at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Hancock Park today at the start of a three-day California visit.
Obama is set to appear on Seacrest’s nationally syndicated radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” discussing how to stay fit by eating healthy, getting active and signing up for health care, according to the White House. The interview will air Thursday.
Obama is scheduled to speak today at a fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Philip Rosenthal and his actress wife Monica Horan.
Tickets are priced at $1,000 for the reception; $2,500 per couple for a reception and photograph with Obama; $4,000 for a family of four for the reception and photo; and $10,000 for the reception, photograph and admission to a roundtable discussion, according to the entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter.
People raising $32,400 per guest will be allowed to attend all the events with Obama, plus a special “co-chair clutch,” The Hollywood Reporter reported.
“Hosting posh high-dollar fundraisers the day after the White House highlights income inequality — which has risen under this president — exemplifies just how out of touch this administration is with the American people,” Republican National Committee Press Secretary Kirsten Kukowski told City News Service.
“Makes it hard to sell a populist message when you jet off to $32,400 dinners the day after highlighting income inequality.”
There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the Democratic National Committee.
The $32,400 figure was arrived at because it is the maximum an individual can contribute to a national party committee in a calendar year.
Dozens of activists plan to conduct a rally and noisy demonstration against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement, near the fundraiser.
Opponents of the partnership claim it will undermine state, local and federal laws, including those governing food safety, environmental protections, Internet freedom, workers rights, health care, drug prices and banking and finance regulations.
The Obama administration says the partnership will boost economic growth by increasing American exports, support the creation and retention of American jobs and promote innovation. The partnership consists of the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Vietnam and Singapore.
Obama will spend the next two days in San Francisco, speaking at two Democratic National Committee fundraisers Thursday and one for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Friday.
The trip was initially planned for October, but rescheduled because of the federal government shutdown.