U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to the West Coast on Thursday for a two-day fundraising trip in advance of November’s midterm elections, according to reports. A Thursday night Democratic National Committee dinner hosted by Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow will headline the trip.
Tickets to the Paltrow-hosted event are fetching $1,000 to $32,400, Variety reports. During the dinner, Obama will reportedly meet with supporters and answer questions. A series of negative posters that appeared in the area around Paltrow’s Los Angeles home this week identified the actress as an “Obama Drone,” the Hollywood Reporter said.
The fundraising trip will take the president around southern California, with events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Aside from Thursday night’s dinner, Obama will attend a town hall event in Los Angeles at Cross Campus, an organization that supports business startups.
The president will speak on “the important economic progress our country has made and one generation in particular -- Millennial -- who will shape our economy for decades to come,” a White House statement said, according to USA Today. Millennials, those Americans between the ages of 18 and 34, are a key demographic for Democratic politicians ahead of the Nov. 4 elections.
On Friday, Obama will attend a roundtable fundraiser at the home of key Democrat supporter and restaurateur Michael Chow, followed by a trip to San Dimas to declare a portion of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune said.
The president is scheduled to return to the White House on Saturday.