F-16s Intercept Small Plane in President Obama's Airspace
The fundraiser came just a week after Obama officially kicked off his re-election campaign.
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People line Laurel Canyon Boulevard to photograph and wave at President Obama's motorcade as it makes its way to actor George Clooneys home in Studio City. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times / May 10, 2012)
"The fighters responded to a temporary flight restriction violation by a Piper 28 aircraft," NORAD said in a statement.
The fighter jets guided the plane to El Monte Airport.
"After intercepting the aircraft, the F-16s followed it until it landed without incident, at approximately 9:50 a.m. PST where the plane was met by local law enforcement."
Law enforcement sources told The L.A. Times that Secret Service agents interviewed the pilot and that he has been arrested.
Obama arrived at LAX from Cheviot Hills by helicopter, then left LAX on Air Force One at 9:53 a.m.
Large parts of L.A.'s airspace were under flight restrictions because of the president's trip.
Obama was in town for a fundraiser at the home of actor George Clooney that brought in a record $15 million to his campaign war chest.
Obama spent the night at the Beverly Hilton, and played basketball Friday morning with Clooney, Tobey Maguire and a few staffers.
He arrived at LAX in Marine One around 9:45 a.m. Friday. The president is heading to Nevada next.
He was in town for a star-studded fundraiser Thursday evening, which generated what might be the largest one-night campaign haul ever.
The fundraiser came just a week after Obama officially kicked off his re-election campaign, and a day after he announced his support for gay marriage -- a popular issue with the Hollywood crowd.
"Obviously yesterday we made some news," Obama said, prompting applause. "But the truth is it was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be."
"Are we a country that includes everybody and gives everybody a shot and treats everybody fairly and is that going to make us stronger? Are we welcoming to immigrants? Are we welcoming to people who aren't like us -- does that make us stronger? I believe it does. So that's what's at stake."
About 150 people, including many Hollywood A-listers, paid $40,000 each to attend the soiree.
It was hosted by DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg and catered by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
The guest list included Barbara Streisand, Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, Billy Crystal, Salma Hayek and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
But their contributions were expected to account for just over one-third of the haul from the event.
The rest came from general public donations for a chance to attend the party.