President Obama dropped by Lieu’s campaign office in Venice on Thursday | Photo courtesy of Ted Lieu


On his way to hanging out with Gwyneth Paltrow at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Brentwood on Thursday, President Barack Obama paid an impromptu visit to the Venice campaign office of state Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat in Congress.

Lieu said he found out the president would stop by his 724 Lincoln Blvd. campaign office only about 10 minutes before the visit.

Obama spent a few minutes making phone calls to Westside voters on Lieu’s behalf.

“It was the best phone bank in campaign history,” Lieu said. “I was very ecstatic and surprised to have the president of the United States stop by our campaign office.”

Lieu is running against gang prosecutor Elan Carr, a Republican endorsed by former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, in the Nov. 4 election.

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