President woos Hollywood donors for DNC campaign coffers

President Obama wooed some of Hollywood's elite at a $10,000-a-plate Santa Monica fundraising luncheon Friday afternoon for the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The event, at the home of media executive Peter Chernin, featured a mix of celebrities and high-level politicos.

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In attendance, according to the White House pool report: J.J. Abrams, creator of "Lost" and director of the latest "Star Trek" movies, as well as Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, media mogul Haim Saban, actress Katie McGrath, and musicians Sonny Ward and Mike Lombardo.

The incoming and outgoing mayors of the Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti (D) and Antonio Villaraigosa (D), also attended, as did Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Los Angeles Schools Superintendent John Deasy (D).

Obama stressed his desire for Democrats to retake the House in 2014 and hold onto the Senate. The event was a quick stopover in Los Angeles before Obama's meeting out in the desert with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Due to a shooting at a nearby college, the president was set to motorcade to the Los Angeles airport instead of using Marine One to avoid any impact on the local response to the shooting.