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Obama Rewards Fundraiser Katzenberg with Private Dinner

by Keith Koffler on August 7, 2013, 2:10 pm

President Obama rewarded DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who spent millions on his reelection effort, with a private dinner at the hotel where Obama was staying in Los Angeles.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney spouted some nonsense today about them having dinner together because they are simply the closest of friends. From a pool report released late-morning Pacific Time:

Press Secretary Jay Carney tells pool that POTUS had dinner with “his longtime friend, Jeffrey Katzenberg,” the CEO of DreamWorks, last night in Los Angeles.

The two dined alone at POTUS’s hotel, the Hilton Woodland Hills.

Carney did not answer questions about where in the hotel the dinner was held or who paid.

The White House did not release information about POTUS’s plans last night despite questions from pool.

I’ve never heard anything about a personal friendship between Obama and Katzenberg. What I have heard about, and what would better explain why the White House may have tried to keep the dinner secret – it wasn’t announced until today – is that Katzenberg is one of Obama’s biggest donors ever.

Just before Election Day, the Associated Press ranked Katzenberg third on the list of Obama’s “Top five fundraisers.” From the piece:

A reliable Democratic Party mega-donor in past years, Katzenberg has given $3 million to Priorities USA Action (the pro-Obama PAC) this election cycle. Katzenberg has helped bundle more than $500,000 for the president’s second term, making him among the campaign’s top volunteer fundraisers. He’s also given more than $66,000 to Obama’s campaign and the Democratic Party.

So I think that answers the question about who, ultimately, paid for dinner.

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gracepmc August 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Well, since we paid for it we should at least be privy to the menu.

Julie Brueckheimer August 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

My ability to post went out yesterday afternoon. Juan McCain, good one!

scottso August 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Any one who wants to give me $3 million can be my friend too.


Star August 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I would pay not to have dinner with him. Not that I am in any danger.

Langley Spook August 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

…I would pay $3 million to have lunch with Keith and all of you WhiteHouseDossier regulars :-)

Sadie August 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

LS, that’s nice. We’ll go ‘dutch’. I hope Keith can arrange it all.

ImNoDhimmi August 8, 2013 at 8:02 am

Where shall we eat? Minibar? City Zen? There are so many terribly trendy, terribly pricey Washington restaurants from which to choose.

srdem65 August 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

That’s what they wanted to know; who paid for the meal?!!

Money talks, always did, always will. Nothin’ new.

Mandy Manners August 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Roasted Kobe.

Star August 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Really–is his contract up? (kidding.)

Mandy Manners August 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm


Star August 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I am sure they are planning to make it fair and we will all become as rich as Jeffrey.

Mandy Manners August 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Two narcissists bathing in each other’s glory.

Girly1 August 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Can’t accuse Obama of being a spendthrift this time. The Woodland Hills Hilton Hotel is a moderately priced, 3 Star Hilton located in the heart of Warner Center in the San Fernando Valley. It is surrounded by office complexes, shopping malls and movie theaters. This is probably their first Presidential visit…ever. Rush hour traffic on the 101 is always horrendous – can’t imagine what it’s going to be for everyone in Woodland Hills tonight! Hopefully, Obama and Katzenberg will stay inside the hotel and order room service!

Star August 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Three-star restaurant! Heaven forfend.

Girly1 August 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm


Lizzy August 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

He doesn’t have friends except for the store bought ones wonder why?
Perhaps because he’s a not very interesting narcissist. So he’s got to
pay for people to sit and listen to how wonderful he is ad nauseum.

Mandy Manners August 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

You have to tie a pork chop around his throat to get the others to play with him.

Mandy Manners August 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm

This was not the first time FCMABBHO honored Katzenberg, but the last time, in October 2012, he feted others, too, at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton.

I don’t know if there was a special menu, but here’s Puck’s regular menu.

A.J. August 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Mayhap Obama will appoint Katzengerg Ambassador to California!!??

jerry August 7, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I knew we had an El Cheapo President…but a three star hotel?????

Should have taken him to that french Dip place for dinner.

JP August 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Not to worry, Jerry….they have a presidential suite made up just for him :)