Michelle Obama cancels a trip to Los Angeles amid the government shutdown. On Oct. 8, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Mrs. Obama was forced to cancel her trip which was a "$32,000-a-head" fundraiser for the DNC. This is the second time this month that an LA trip was canceled by the Obamas.
This particular event consisted of an "'off-the-cuff' discussion of current issues" that the First Lady was going to hold with several wealthy donors paying thousands of bucks to sit in on the chat. The event was set to take place at the Hancock Park home of "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Philip Rosenthal. The money was going to help "Democrats' efforts to hold onto its Senate majority and regain control of the House in the 2014 mid-term elections" according to THR.
Michelle Obama cancels this trip just weeks after her husband had to cancel his trip to Los Angeles. So far, their plan to raise money for the DNC hasn't played out too well. They are expected to reschedule these events but with no end in sight for the government shutdown, no dates have been set in stone. So far, DNC fundraising has not had much of a kick start thanks to these canceled events.
"The shutdown now has put the whole affair on a back-burner, as even privately financed travel is a non-starter for the first family," according to THR.
Michelle Obama might cancel another trip depending on her schedule and the shutdown.
© Effie Orfanides 2013