The president calls on his famous friends for reelection funds

By Kyle Anderson
Updated September 30, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Considering how vital the Hollywood community was in funding his campaign in 2008, it’s no surprise that Barack Obama made his way west to raise support (and money) for his reelection in 2012. With more than a year to go in the campaign, a handful of huge Hollywood names rallied around the president, who held court in a pair of events on Sept. 26 that brought in over $2 million. The first, which took place at House of Blues in West Hollywood and was MC’d by Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, attracted around 800 people and featured performances by DJ Adam 12, B.o.B, and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (who covered Cyndi Lauper’s ”True Colors” to celebrate the repeal of ”Don’t ask, don’t tell”). After the fund-raiser, Obama hosted a more intimate dinner at L.A. hot spot Fig & Olive, where he was joined by high-profile supporters including Jeffrey Katzenberg, Eva Longoria, Aaron Sorkin, Judd Apatow, and Avatar producer Jon Landau. ”I think Hollywood is very positive,” Landau told reporters of Obama’s chances. ”They’re very excited about what is going to happen next year.”