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Report: Obama needs to reassure Hollywood backers

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by David Jackson, USA TODAY
The schedule says President Obama is flying to Los Angeles on Sunday for campaign fundraisers.

The Hollywood Reporter says he has another mission: Reassuring high-dollar Hollywood supporters after last week's less-than-successful debate performance against Republican Mitt Romney.

"Everyone is in shock," said a long-time Democratic activist to the Reporter. "No one can understand what happened."

Obama's events Sunday in Los Angeles include a concert at the Nokia Theater featuring Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and Jon Bon Jovi. The president also headlines a $25,000-a-plate dinner at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant WP24, and a private meeting with a dozen top donors in Beverly Hills.

The president will be joined at that last event by former president Bill Clinton.

Citing "several longtime Obama supporters," The Hollywood Reporter said Obama can expect to get a lot of advice from acting types about future debates -- namely, "some directorial notes on how to tailor his performance to television's split screen."

One "veteran Dem" told THR: "Everyone with a connection to the president is reaching out to him -- at the end of the day, the best coach he has is himself."

The president's trip to California lasts until Tuesday, when he flies to Columbus, Ohio, for a campaign event, and then returns to Washington.

USA TODAY

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