Major donor to Obama: Where's the White House valet?
November 26th, 2013
03:06 PM ET
12 months ago

Major donor to Obama: Where's the White House valet?

(CNN) - The host of a fundraiser and major donor to the Democratic Party complimented President Barack Obama for his hospitality back in Washington but joked about the lack of valet parking at the White House, offering to pay for the addition.

Billionaire Haim Saban, and his wife Cheryl, hosted the President and a group of Hollywood and political elites at their estate in Beverly Hills Monday night for a fundraiser for Democratic House and Senate campaign committees.

"Last Friday, the President and First Lady were very generous and kind with their time, they invited us to the White House for a very small intimate dinner. And we had a wonderful time – great food, great company, very inspiring," Saban said while introducing the President, according to reporters who attended the event.

But Haim added: "No valet parking!"

"You know what? I had to walk to the White House. We have valet parking at the Sabans! So, Mr. President, if you would, please, thank you. Taxpayers' money? I'll fund it, no problem," he joked.

The President then took the stage, responding that there was valet parking... just not for him.

"Now, let me clarify something. First of all, there was valet parking for Cheryl," he said to laughs.

"We thought it was appropriate for Haim to get some exercise. Cheryl, being the wonderful person that she is, declined the valet parking and so she might have joined him. But I would have been happy to have her drive right up into the South Lawn."

The Israeli-American media mogul first hit it big in the 1990s, creating and producing the children's show the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Saban owns the Spanish-language media company Univision. In September, Saban's net worth amounted to $3.4 billion, according to Forbes.

The President's stop at the Beverly Hills fundraiser comes as a part of a three-day West Coast swing.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi also spoke at the event, along with DCCC Chairman Steve Israel and DSCC Chairman Michael Bennet, according to a DCCC official. Over one hundred people attended the dinner, paying between $16,200 and $32,400.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. much thunder..little rain

    jerks like that with smart ass comments is why americans dont trust obama and his rich pompus freinds...must been the same guy house when obama talk down to the ones who hold on to there guns and religon....he must want a elevator garage like romney

    November 26, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. just asking

    nice to see obama doing what he does best. campaign, fund raise, hob knob with celebrities, eat well and blame others when things go wrong and claim he didn't know anything about it until he read it in the newspapaers. meanwhile, back at the farm, millions are loosing their healthcare plans thanks to this pathological liar.

    how can people still give money to this criminal snake oil salesman? the american people should boycott every one of this hollywood types that enable obama and the lying democrat party.

    November 26, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Tommy G

    God how I wish this was January 2017 and that was a picture of Obama waving good bye to go back to his new home, Hollywood, CA. Only THEN will this country truly start to recover.

    November 26, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    He gave Romney the day off.

    November 26, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Q. Where are the Republican fund raisers?
    A. They are probably meeting secretly behind some closed and locked doors.

    Come on, man. You know that they're up to something. Always scheming and plotting. Fortunately for 99% of us, they're doing most of their current scheming and plotting against one another. LOL.

    November 26, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Gunderson

    Well Hiam it's in the mail.

    November 26, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. davecu

    No valet but $7 billion to Iran for a 6 month charade.
    No negotiation with the republicans but clandestine negotiations with Iran
    with a feel-good deal.
    The weasel-in-chief marches on.

    November 26, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    These donations without any restraints are the one killing this nation. There should be restrictions, strictures on these Tax-exempt donations be it for churches, temples,mosques, or campaign finances, or any political organizations–till then, we all say karma!!!

    November 26, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    davecu

    No valet but $7 billion to Iran for a 6 month charade.
    No negotiation with the republicans but clandestine negotiations with Iran
    with a feel-good deal.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except they would have just screamed "no" and DEMANDED another protracted ground war. It was all they talked about on the Sunday morning news shows.

    November 26, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. ProudDem

    Chuckle...I knew this would be red meat for the Obama haters. Come on folks, it was a joke told at a fundraiser. Last I checked all parties do fundraisers. If you want to talk about getting money out of politics, great....on both sides...but relax about a joke.

    November 26, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Donna

    When can billionaire Haim Saban expect to be appointed ambassador to France, or maybe Italy? Isn't that how it works with Obama? Plush ambassadorships for sale to the highest bidder. I think he's pricing France at $2,000,000 with Itally going for slightly less at $1,500,000.

    Democrats, party of the little people. HA! More lies.

    November 26, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. wendel

    there are plenty of repo fund raisers. Every time one of the dummies gives a speech it is to raise money. Rand and teddy are out almost every day giving speach's. That's what all politican's do even presidents. Just happens that the president's speach's make sense and the trolls do not. The election is over .

    November 26, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Go ahead Mr. President!
    Get that money honey, we need as many independents and Dems as we can get elected and re-elected to take back the House.
    Had no idea that the owner of Univision was an Israeli-American.
    Is no rwnj going to tell him that he cannot be BOTH as some idiot tried to tell me?

    November 26, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. rs

    just asking

    nice to see obama doing what he does best. campaign, fund raise, hob knob with celebrities, eat well and blame others when things go wrong and claim he didn't know anything about it until he read it in the newspapaers.
    _________________________
    Really JS? Are you ignorant that you actually think President Obama is the first President to fund raise in office? Or is it just your usual visceral hate shining through?

    November 26, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Donna

    When can billionaire Haim Saban expect to be appointed ambassador to France, or maybe Italy? Isn't that how it works with Obama? Plush ambassadorships for sale to the highest bidder. I think he's pricing France at $2,000,000 with Itally going for slightly less at $1,500,000.

    Democrats, party of the little people. HA! More lies.
    **************************************
    The GOP, party of the people with small minds and short memories.

    November 26, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. rs

    davecu

    No valet but $7 billion to Iran for a 6 month charade.
    _____________________________
    2 points:
    1. It is far cheaper than the damage the GOP did last month with their little shut down/wreck the economy act last month
    2. It THEIR money, frozen in accounts in banks here

    November 26, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    nice to see obama doing what he does best. campaign, fund raise, hob knob with celebrities, eat well and blame others when things go wrong and claim he didn't know anything about it until he read it in the newspapaers. meanwhile, back at the farm, millions are loosing their healthcare plans thanks to this pathological liar.
    ------------------------–
    You'd better hope and pray that when he goes to Magic Johnson's place that they don't invoke "We Shall Overcome" on you.

    November 26, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Bigdoglv

    Plenty of time to hob nob with his Hollywood buddies but no time to honor the Gettysburg Address. I guess he has his priorities.

    November 26, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Gurgyl

    @Donna, every time you write–I bet you are under dope. Check fact then write.

    November 26, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -davecu

    No valet but $7 billion to Iran for a 6 month charade.
    No negotiation with the republicans but clandestine negotiations with Iran
    with a feel-good deal.
    The weasel-in-chief marches on.
    **************
    The valet is not needed, and its a sad day when you get further with the Iranians on nuclear weapons development than you do with the GOP over routine business. The GOP has nothing to offer this country except shrill empty cries of fake outrage.

    November 26, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. al

    Guess this is worthy news????? Trivia among the elitists. Will continue until this jerk is out of office!

    November 26, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    davecu

    No valet but $7 billion to Iran for a 6 month charade.
    ---------------------–
    Your poor misguided individual. No one is giving Iran a dime. They're being permitted a few billion dollars of international trade, which most likely means that they're being permitted to put that amount of oil on the world market.

    November 26, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. al

    Wonder when CNN will become a news organization vs. a troll for the ruling dictator??? Someone in WWII had that same asset up. Didn't help in the end.

    November 26, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. just saying

    your tax dollars hard at work.... how many millions is this costing the taxpayers? so the taxpayers foot the bill and then millions get stuffed into democrat accounts? the definition of governemnt corruption.

    November 26, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    al

    Wonder when CNN will become a news organization vs. a troll for the ruling dictator??? Someone in WWII had that same asset up. Didn't help in the end.
    ------------------
    Were it not for the fact that Republicans are meeting secretly and privately behind locked doors, then they would be covered, too.

    November 26, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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