Closed to the Press: Reporters Stuffed in Tobey Maguire’s Garage During Obama Fundraiser

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White House reporters following President Obama’s California fundraising tour were forced to wait in a garage, as President Obama attended an event hosted by Spiderman star Tobey Maguire, whose star role has since been replaced by two other younger actors.

“Greetings from Tobey Maguire’s garage,” wrote Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Keane on Twitter. “It’s sort of like an ordinary garage but neat and with a Tesla charger.”

“One of the most unusual White House pool holds I’ve been in: an LA garage decorated w greenery & flowers,” wrote the Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin on Twitter, sharing a picture of the garage.

The exclusive event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was closed to the press, one of two secret fundraisers closed to the press that the president was scheduled to attend on Friday.

Most presidential fundraisers allow the press in for remarks by the president before ushering them out into a separate room during the rest of the event. In recent years, Obama has attended more exclusive, speedier events with donors during the day described as “roundtables.” Those events are usually closed to the press.

Tickets for the event were listed at $33,400.

Later this afternoon, he will attend a second event for the Democratic National Committee, before his third fundraiser of the day this evening. Obama also attended a fundraiser last night in Los Angeles.


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