Obama at work: One president, two days and seven fundraisers 

All last week, President Barack Obama continued a cross-country tour to promote his jobs bill. But as the quarterly deadline for fundraising approached, he also found plenty of time to woo the West Coast’s rich and famous in search of their campaign dollars.

In fact, Obama attended seven fundraisers in the space of two days — a crash course cash-crawl that may have grossed his campaign up to $10 million.

On Sept. 25, Obama began his tour at 12:33 p.m. with a fundraiser at the 27,000-square foot, art-draped home of former Microsoft chief operating officer Jon Shirley in Medina, Wash., where 65 attendees paid $35,800 per couple to join Obama at an intimate dinner. Attendees included Jim Sinegal, CEO of Costco.

Afterwards, Obama took the stage at 2:38 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle where local basketball greats Bill Russell and Lenny Wilkins hosted a 1,700-donor fundraiser.

Luncheon tickets began at $1,000. A picture with the president went for $7,500.

“I need you to decide right here and right now,” Obama said, “talk to your friends and neighbors and co-workers and tell them, ‘You know what? We’re not finished yet.’”

Obama then flew to the Bay Area, and by 6:15 p.m. was at the Woodside home of John Thompson, chairman of tech company Symantec, who hosted a fundraiser for 350 people at $2,500 per ticket.

At 7:30, Obama’s motorcade departed for the most exclusive and expensive fundraiser, at the home of Facebook exec Cheryl Sandberg and David Goldberg in Atherton. Lady Gaga was there, and 70 donors paid $35,800 per couple to attend. “I’m just letting Zuckerberg know, I’m taking her on the road,” Obama jokingly said of Sandberg (not of Lady Gaga).

On Monday, Obama landed in San Diego and went to a $5,000-a-head fundraiser at the La Jolla home of wealthy philanthropists Mason and Elizabeth Phelps. The event began at 12:30 p.m.

“There is a season for campaigning and it’s coming soon.” Obama told the group.

Obama moved on to West Hollywood’s famous House of Blues, at 4:30 p.m. where a crowd of about 1,000 people paid between $250 and $10,000 to attend. Obama was introduced by Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family.” “Michelle and the girls love them some ‘Modern Family,’” Obama told the crowd.

By 6 p.m., Obama had arrived at West Hollywood’s Fig and Olive to attend a fundraiser hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg, a DreamWorks studio executive. The event, which cost $17,900 per person, was attended by Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, will.i.am, Danny DeVito and Judd Apatow.

“It is a remarkable group.” Obama said.

In about 21 hours, Obama chalked up millions of dollars for his re-election campaign.

Charlie Spiering is a Washington Examiner commentary staff writer.

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