Barack Obama has been having a few rough weeks in Washington, so he took a trip to Hollywood. Specifically, he went to DreamWorks Animation Studios, owned by one of his biggest supporters.
The President rubbed elbows with the likes of Steve Martin and Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory, who were there to demonstrate voice recordings for their movie, Home.
Obama viewed first hand motion capture technology being used in the animated movie and was even treated to a line using his own voice: “Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Welcome to the White House.”
Speaking to a few thousand guests that were invited to Barack Obama’s visit, he said:
“Hundreds of millions of people may never set foot in the U.S., but thanks to you they’ve experienced a small part of what makes our country successful. We have shaped a world culture through you.”
During the motion capture demonstration, two actors, a woman and a man, were seen wearing full black body suits with colored polka dot-like marks applied all over them.
A large screen showed them transform into two animated characters: a young boy, “Hiccup,” and a young girl, “Astrid, from the upcoming movie How to Train Your Dragon 2.
But the main reason President Barack Obama went to DreamWorks, was to give a speech on the state of the movie industry, how it creates jobs in California, and to raise funds for the Democratic Party.
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— TheWrap (@TheWrap) November 27, 2013
The President also mentioned the troubled rollout of his Obamacare website Healthcare.gov and said it’s getting better, so people should “check it out.”
President Obama took a jab at Republicans and their role in the government shutdown. Without mentioning the Tea Party and Ted Cruz, he accused the opposition of “obstructionism” of his economic agenda.
He fought back against those opposed to Obamacare, saying the majority of people wanted the law, which is not in tune with recent polls in which over 50 percent of the population now have an unfavorable opinion of the legislation.
Some thought that Barack Obama should not have gone to Hollywood and rub elbows with famous celebrities.
— Eli Rubenstein (@EliRubenstein) November 27, 2013
DreamWorks is headed by Jeffrey Katzenberg, who raised millions for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.