President Obama spoke to a small group of supporters including George Clooney and Jim Belushi Wednesday night, telling them he understands that some of his backers are frustrated with the pace of progress.
He noted that the prison at Guantanemo Bay in Cuba is still open and that the war in Afghanistan continues.
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"I understand" the frustration, he said. "I feel the same way sometimes."
The president spoke at the Beverly Hills home of Bradley and Colleen Bell. Bradley Bell is executive producer of the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful."
The second was a $38,500-per-person dinner for about 80. Clooney, Belushi, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant were among the guests at the smaller dinner.
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Avant's father is Democratic activist and music executive Clarence Avant. Nicole Avant, an early supporter of the president, has been tasked with helping boost Obama's relationship with Hollywood.
Will Ferrell, billed as a co-host of the event, did not appear, but his wife, Viveca Paulin, was there.
Obama spoke in the Bells' dining room, where guests were seated at seven tables, each with centerpieces of pink orchids.
The president entered the room around 8 p.m. and left the house at 9:15 p.m. His motorcade arrived at the Beverly Hilton six minutes later.