- The Washington Times - Friday, February 12, 2016

As he is wont to do when he visits Los Angeles, President Obama dined secretly with moguls and stars.

Mr. Obama had dinner at a hotel Thursday night with Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks CEO and a major campaign donor; Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios; and actor Will Smith, most recently in “Concussion.”

The White House didn’t disclose the dinner, nor was it on Mr. Obama’s public schedule. It was first reported by Deadline.com.

White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz declined to answer questions about it Friday.

“I am going to protect the president’s ability to have private conversations, whether that’s with lawmakers, whether that’s with candidates for president, or whether that’s with Hollywood artists,” he told reporters.

Last year, on a trip to Los Angeles, Mr. Obama also had a private dinner with Mr. Katzenberg.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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