LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Soon after touching down at Los Angeles International Airport Monday afternoon, President Obama made a trip to Roscoe’s House Of Chicken & Waffles before heading to two fundraising events.
It’s not the first time a president has made sure to stop at the famed restaurant — Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have also eaten there.
Obama went from feasting on chicken and waffles to a private dinner in Hancock Park where donors paid $35,800 a plate. The fundraising event was at the home of producer James Lassiter. Fewer then 40 donors dined with the President as he chatted with actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett and with former Laker star Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
The President was also in town for a fundraising event at the home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, which was hosted by actress Eva Longoria.
The gathering of 100 invited guests included Latino community leaders, as well as other stars, as Obama tried to shore up a Latino voting base.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl said motorists should be prepared for blockades on major east-west boulevards linking West Los Angeles with Hancock Park. Delays can also be expected on north-south avenues that cross them.
“Tuesday morning, he goes over to NBC in Burbank to do the Jay Leno show, and then he flies out of LAX at 11:45,” Rosendahl said on KNX. “That will be the trick, and that exact route has not been shared with me.”
Airspace will be closed over western Los Angeles to all but scheduled commercial flights starting Monday afternoon.