Rock stars and Leno: Michelle Obama on two-day L.A. campaign swing
First Lady Michelle Obama continued her two-day fundraising swing through Los Angeles on Monday, heading to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" a day after she chatted up campaign contributors at the home of rock star Gwen Stefani.
Stefani and her fellow members in the band No Doubt hosted Sunday’s event in Beverly Hills, where Obama warned the crowd it should expect “nail-biting moments” as her husband seeks reelection in November, according to remarks released by the White House.
“I’m not going to kid you, especially the grown-ups here," Obama said in the remarks. "This journey is going to be long and it is going to be hard, and there will be plenty of twists and turns, highs and lows, dramatic moments, nail-biting moments ... where you want to throw the TV into the lake.”
Stefani’s fundraiser had been billed as a “Sunday of Fun,” with tickets starting at $2,500 for a family of four. Partygoers included Nicole Richie and her husband, Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden; actress Alyson Hannigan; and actor Jeffrey Tambor.
A second fundraiser was held Sunday at the home Barry Meyer, chief executive of Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. Pictures, in a gated community near the Getty Museum.
On Monday, the first lady planned to talk to Leno about leading the U.S. Olympic delegation for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London and also about Let’s Move, her initiative to address childhood obesity. She had a third fundraising event scheduled for Monday afternoon.
-- David Zahniser
Photo: Michelle Obama in January on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Credit: Stacie McChesney / NBC