President Barack Obama's fundraising trip to Los Angeles this weekend will provide a boost to his campaign coffers -- and also an opportunity to soothe his Hollywood supporters left shaken after his widely-panned debate performance against Republican rival Mitt Romney.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sunday night's star-studded concert and $25,000-per-plate dinner will now have Obama "reassuring" his donors that he's still committed to victory and ready for Romney in round two. As the Reporter noted, the entertainment industry has been a lucrative fountain for the president to tap this campaign cycle, but there is "no doubt" the Hollywood crowd was "deeply shaken" by what transpired in Denver on Wednesday.
“Everyone is in shock,” a "longtime Democratic activist" told the Hollywood Reporter. “No one can understand what happened.”
Citing "several longtime Obama supporters" the Reporter said Obama can also expect some camera-ready tips for the next go-around -- "directorial notes on how to tailor his performance to television’s split screen."
Obama's night will kick off at L.A.'s Nokia Theater with Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi and others before headlining the dinner at Wolfgang Puck's WP24. Both events could net more than $5 million for the campaign.
The trip will also include a private meeting with a dozen top donors in Beverly Hills, which former President Bill Clinton is expected to attend.
“Everyone with a connection to the president is reaching out to him,” another "veteran Dem" told the Reporter. “At the end of the day, the best coach he has is himself.”