Spielberg to give Obama 'ambassador to humanity' award

Greg Nash

President Obama will speak next month at a gala celebrating the 20th anniversary of a Holocaust history foundation established by director Steven Spielberg.

The USC Shoah Foundation, created by Spielberg after he completed the film "Schindler's List," will honor Obama with its Ambassador to Humanity Award at an event in Los Angeles on May 7.

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“President Obama's commitment to democracy and human rights has long been felt,” Spielberg said in a statement. “As a constitutional scholar and as president, his interest in expanding justice and opportunity and all is remarkably evident.”

The Shoah Foundation collects and preserves video testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust, and houses a nearly 52,000 testimonies in its archive.

Spielberg was among the president's top donors in 2012, donating $1 million to Priorities USA, the super-PAC backing the president's re-election.

While in California, Obama is also slated to attend a fundraiser jointly benefiting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the home of Alan Horn, the chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. According to The Associated Press, tickets to the dinner range from $10,000 per person to just under $65,000 for a couple.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will also attend the event.