President Obama's swing through California has been rife with star power: Movie mogul Tyler Perry hosted a Democratic National Committee fundraiser the president headlined Thursday night, which was attended by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and actress January Jones, among others.
But a dinner with famed director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg didn't make the president's official schedule—and no one told the press.
It's typical for the president to meet with celebrities during Hollywood fundraising trips. However, the dinner was not on Obama's public schedule, and a source familiar with the dinner only confirmed it occurred after Spielberg and Katzenberg were seen leaving Obama's Beverly Hills hotel Thursday night, Deadline Hollywood reported.
The private dinner comes on the heels of another star-studded event the administration did not disclose to the press corps: A 500-person Prince and Stevie Wonder concert at the White House on Saturday. Despite a storm of questions Monday on the secrecy of the event, Press Secretary Josh Earnest did little more than confirm the concert.
"The president and first lady are going to reserve the right to host private parties at the White House," Earnest said. "And they did it on their own dime, and I think that's consistent with the kinds of values that they have talked about."