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Obama leaves L.A. after star-studded hoops game

May 11, 2012 | 11:46 am


After a morning workout on a city basketball court with "special guests" that included George Clooney and Tobey Maguire, President Obama left Los Angeles for Nevada today.

Air Force One took off from LAX at 9:53 a.m. and headed for Reno, ending Obama’s brief but highly lucrative campaign visit to L.A.

He spent Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton after a fundraising dinner at Clooney's Studio City home that raised nearly $15 million for his reelection effort.

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Before leaving town, Obama got in a quick workout. At 6:45 this morning, his motorcade headed to the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center on Motor Avenue, and the White House said he was playing basketball with "special guests" that included staff members, Clooney and "Spider-Man" actor Maguire.

After a quick trip back to the hotel, recorded by many a cellphone toting commuter, Obama was driven to a landing zone at Cheviot Hills Park. There, he boarded a helicopter for a 10-minute flight to the airport, whirring over rush-hour traffic and clogged freeways.


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