The Beverly Hilton Hosts President Barack Obama
All roads that lead to the White House go through The Beverly Hilton.
In February 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama stood at the podium in the Beverly Hills Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton.
He made a promise to his constituents that he would win the 2008 election and will always “tell the truth.”
Two years later, Obama returned to The Beverly Hilton on Wednesday for a Democratic National Committee fundraising event, with tickets going for about $30,000 a couple for a small dinner that allowed for photographs and one-on-one with the president.
The event, attended by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ari Emanuel and Casey Wasserman, was expected to raise $3 million for the DNC.
Other attendees included an array of celebrities Kiefer Sutherland, Seth Rogen and industry moguls like Bruce Cohen and Chris Albrecht.
Obama was met by a series of demonstrators outside who asked the president to support same sex marriage and chanted, “Obama keep your promise.”
Obama affirmed his administration has kept the promise he made on the stage in February 2007. He does and always will tell the truth.
A less expensive reception was held following the dinner. The tickets, $1,000 per person, were reduced from $2,500 in light of the weak economy.
The larger reception welcomed hundreds of guests, including celebrities Jamie Foxx, Ryan Phillippe and girlfriend Abbie Cornish. They listened to a performance by Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind & Fire.
On the topic of entertainment, the president addressed the celebrity-filled ballroom by stating, “make movies that inspire us.”
He followed by outlining his accomplishments in his short time as president.
“I would put these first four months up against any prior administration since FDR,” said Obama as he stood in a room at the Hilton that has hosted every president since John F. Kennedy.
In fact,Vice-President Richard Nixon participated in the flag raising ceremony for the grand opening of the hotel in 1955.
Coincidentally, Ron Howard, who directed Frost/Nixon at The Beverly Hilton, sat in the audience Wednesday night.
“The people, sitting in the ballroom, coming into the hotel, are creating history with us,”said Hilton spokeswoman Lynda Simonetti.