New Kids on the Barack Block

by Mark Steyn

My weekend column is about President Obama’s assiduous courtship of small-town America (Beverly Hills). But I missed this one. The other day, the Leader of the Free World had a private meeting with …Angela Merkel? Putin? the Chinese Politburo? Perish the thought:

Before heading off for a breakfast Thursday that officially concluded his two-day fundraising trip to Los Angeles, President Barack Obama met privately at the Beverly Hilton with two dozen of Hollywood’s hottest young stars, urging them to involve themselves in his re-election campaign.

Among those who met with the president were The Avengers star Jeremy Renner, Glee actress Dianna Agron, Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, Southland’s Ben McKenzie, Jessica Alba, Bryan Greenberg, Adam Rodriguez, Zach Braff, Brandon Routh, Ian Somerhalder, Jared Leto, Kal Penn and Sophia Bush.

No relation, presumably. As Miss Bush subsequently tweeted:

Bush: “It was amazing to see @iansomerhalder @ZacharyQuinto @DiannaAgron and @BryanGreenberg with the POTUS today. Good peeps. #YoungAmericans.”

Alba: “Got up bright & early to hear @BarackObama speak w an awesome group”

Somerhalder: “Totally surreal morning. Met up with some friends, had coffee with President Obama now tweeting.The 21st century… Let’s do this.” Sooh after, he followed up with, “Just spent my morning w/this man talkn green energy,a better America&being a young American-wow”

Wow indeed. I’m inclined to agree that POTUS talking green energy with an awesome group of young American peeps is totally 21st century.

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