Michelle Obama's very Hollywood fundraiser; Sasha and Malia tour Universal Studios
Obama is making the fundraising and speech rounds in support of her husband's reelection campaign, with the L.A. jaunt culminating in a star-studded garden party Monday evening.
At the Holmby Hills home of designer Michael S. Smith and TV executive James Costos, Obama greeted celebs and powerbrokers in the backyard — no doubt a gracious setting, as the Obamas tapped Smith to be White House decorator in 2009.
The spacious yard, which boasts a sparkling pool and off-white garden arbor, was packed with names like Drew Barrymore, Ellen and Portia DeGeneres, and Ryan Phillippe, an onlooker told the Ministry.
The first lady reportedly raised $1 million with her shmoozing Monday — but the awesome Universal Studios Hollywood VIP tour that Sasha and Malia got? Priceless.
Barack's two girls were accompanied by Michelle's mother, Marian Robinson, for the private tour, a witness tells us, experiencing many park attractions, including "King Kong 360 3-D" and "Jurassic Park: The Ride."
Little Sasha, who turned 10 on Sunday, got birthday wishes granted: She and her sister rode "Revenge of the Mummy" twice.
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: Michelle Obama attends a Writers Guild of America panel, moderated by J.J. Abrams, where she discussed her initiative to help military families on Monday. Later that evening, she attended a star-studded garden party in the Holmby Hills. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.