Major donor to Obama: Where's the White House valet?
November 26th, 2013
03:06 PM ET
8 years 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. Stuffit

    Ah the stupidity and hypocrisy of the people who support Obama can never be fully detailed, but this can be added to the anectdotal evidence.

    November 26, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Retired Boomer

    @Rudy NYC, rs, The Real Tom Paine, Gurgyl, Dominican Mama 4 Obama
    I really like your posts, keep up the good work.

    November 26, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Nothing the donors to a dictator can say.........make supporting that dictator acceptable.

    November 26, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    No one should be supporting this dictator.

    November 26, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine


    Ah the stupidity and hypocrisy of the people who support Obama can never be fully detailed, but this can be added to the anectdotal evidence

    Ah, the shrill cries of wiredwierdinSF, the man who changed his name after the election. Nice to see you are still staying consistent with your whining because you, once again, have nothing to ofer except snide comments and ad hominem attacks on people who you clearly envy.

    November 26, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. RIchard Long

    The Obama-Elite... got to love'em!

    November 26, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    No one should be supporting this dictator.
    Since when do dictators ask for contributions?

    November 26, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. tom l

    @The Real TP,
    You have taken a whole new theme with your posts. You literally think that you're better, have higher morals and are envied by those on the right? I mean, honestly, how arrogant can you possibly be to think that. My goodness. Just because someone has a difference of opinion does not make you better nor have higher morals. Sheeesh.

    November 26, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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