President Obama made his second campaign stop in Los Angeles in as many months on Wednesday, capitalizing on the goodwill he gained from his recent marriage-equality endorsement with two fund-raisers geared toward the LGBT community.
The first event drew around 600 supporters to the Beverly Wilshire hotel, while the second was a much smaller affair at the Beverly Hills home of “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy.
At the Beverly Wilshire, the president stressed the progress his administration made over his first term and cased out the challenges ahead. “I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on behalf of the LGBT community,” Obama said, following a series of opening acts and a boisterous standing ovation.
During his half-hour speech, the president blended familiar campaign slogans from 2008 with themes targeting his audience’s interests. He recalled a memorable workout at a Marine base in Hawaii during which several Marines paused to thank him for ending the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.