President Barack Obama returned to California this week to hob-knob with Hollywood and business elites at Democratic fundraisers.
Obama arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday to attend an event at the home of "Two and A Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre in Pacific Palisades, which was followed by dinner at the home of filmmaker Tyler Perry in Beverly Hills. Dinner tickets cost up to $33,400 per person.
Before flying to San Francisco for more fundraisers Friday, the president headed to Northeast L.A. to visit the "cat ranch" — comedian Marc Maron's Highland park garage, out of which he records his popular "WTF" podcast.
"If everything goes as planned, on Monday, I will post a WTF ... featuring myself in conversation with — talking to — at my home, in my garage, me talking to, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama," Maron announced on "WTF" Thursday. (Tune in to KPCC Friday at 3:30 p.m. for The Frame's interview about the interview."
In anticipation of the visit, Highland Park residents — a clown was also there — gathered around the sidewalks near Maron’s house, holding signs for the president and taking pictures of his motorcade.
Residents said they learned of Obama’s visit on Wednesday when they saw “no parking” signs on trees and poles. Some, like Trish Escobedo, have never heard of Maron’s podcast.
Escobedo said she’d search for the podcast’s website when she got home, according to the White House press pool.
"That’s the first thing I’m going to do," Escobedo said. “I really want to know what he has to say in that particular interview."
The neighborhood isn’t far from the president’s alma mater, Occidental College.
The president flies to San Francisco Friday for more fundraisers, including a $10,000-a-person reception hosted by billionaire Tom Steyer.
He'll also deliver remarks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors before leaving California on Saturday.
Obama has visited California some two dozen times during his presidency.
Hillary Clinton also plans a fundraising California sweep on Friday and Saturday but she and Obama aren't expected to meet.
This story has been updated.