Michelle Obama Has 'Sunday of Fun' at Gwen Stefani's Home
Kicking off a two-day fundraising tour of Los Angeles, First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Gwen Stefani's Beverly Hills home Sunday afternoon for a "family day," complete with face painting and balloon sculptures for the kids.
Tickets for the event, which was hosted by Stefani and members of her band, No Doubt, started at $2,500 for a family of four. Approximately 400 people were on the guest list, according a campaign official. Following the fundraiser, Obama was set to attend a reception at Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer's home, with tickets ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. On Monday, the First Lady will attend a luncheon fundraiser in Ladera Heights before taping a segment for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
"Barack can't do it alone," Obama told the crowd of parents and younsters at Stefani's house. "He's not Spider-Man. He's not a superhero. He's a human, so we need your help. I am not just talking to the adults here today. I am talking to the young people here as well. All of our young people--you might not be old enough to vote. You vote at school, I know--I met several young people who are going to be voting for my husband, who are 10 and under--we accept those votes," she said, to cheers and laughter. "But you can play an important role in this election, too. I want you all to feel empowered."Stefani and No Doubt members tweeted their enthusiasm for the First Lady's visit.
Obama's visit to Hollywood comes on the heels of Mitt Romney's announcement that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will be his running mate. Industry politicos are hopeful that a Romney-Ryan ticket will prompt Hollywood holdouts to donate to the president's reelection campaign.
Drummer Adrian Young wrote: "On our way to meet the First Lady! Life in (No Doubt) land gets more strange and wonderful everyday."
Afterwards, guitarist Tom Dumont wrote: "Just met the First Lady! @michelleobama -wow she is so warm and sincere."
L.A.-based handbag designer Clare Vivier sent out a photo over Twitter of Stefan and Obama with the message: "Power women." [See the photo at the end of this post.