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Obama raises party cash at Gwyneth Paltrow's home

President Barack Obama, right, talks with Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., during a visit to the campaign office State Senator Ted Lieu, left, who is running for Congress, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument.
President Barack Obama, right, talks with Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., during a visit to the campaign office State Senator Ted Lieu, left, who is running for Congress, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument.
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Update 6:38 p.m. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says she couldn't speak properly because President Barack Obama is so handsome.

Paltrow welcomed Obama and dozens of supporters to a Democratic fundraising reception and dinner at her Los Angeles home Thursday night.

In a brief introduction punctuated by "ums," Paltrow declared herself one of Obama's biggest fans. She also says he's an "incredible role model" for this generation.

Paltrow says the Nov. 4 elections are a "critical time" for Democrats and that it would be wonderful to give Obama the power he needs to pass what he needs to pass.

She wrapped up by saying Obama is, quote, "so handsome that I can't speak properly."

Democratic officials say tickets for the reception started at $1,000. Dinner tickets started at $15,000.

5:58 p.m. Obama visits Lieu for Congress campaign office  

President Barack Obama has visited the Los Angeles campaign office of Democratic congressional candidate Ted Lieu.

The California state senator is campaigning to succeed long-serving congressman Henry Waxman, who is retiring.

Waxman represents a wealthy, heavily Democratic district that includes the movie star havens of Bel Air, Brentwood and Malibu.

Lieu is running against a prosecutor, Republican Elan Carr.

Obama greeted volunteers at Lieu's campaign office who were telephoning voters on behalf of several Democratic congressional candidates. Obama said their work "makes a difference."

He also told Lieu that state senators make "outstanding" members of Congress.

Obama was an Illinois state senator when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. Four years later, he was elected president.

This story has been updated.