UPDATE, 6:52PM: President Obama addressed a crowd of about 450 supporters tonight during a fundraiser hosted by Shonda Rhimes and her Scandal star Kerry Washington. According to White House pool reports, the president gave his traditional fundraising remarks but couldn’t resist citing the ABC drama about a D.C. fixer and her capital intrigue. “No offense — Scandal‘s a great show,” Obama said, “but it’s not necessarily something we want to be living day in and day out.” Earlier, Washington introduced Rhimes as “my boss,” then the prolific producer said of the president, “He’s been doing his job like a boss.” Obama later returned the compliment, saying “there were few people who worked harder” on his campaign than Rhimes did. She was a big supporter of both of his presidential bids as a donor and a volunteer – even pitching in at a campaign phone bank. He also joked about her having a video of him trying to keep up with Usher on the dance floor. “She can blackmail me at any time,” he said of the video. “I did not drop and split, but I did bust a move.”
Pool reports say the commander in chief arrived at Rhimes’ Spanish-style Hancock Park home a little after 5PM. The $32,400-a-ticket event was held in the backyard, which was adorned with white umbrellas and U.S. and California flags.