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Obama Greets Out-Going, Incoming L.A. Mayors

(EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

Like Old Friends: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greeted President Barack Obama last Friday with a handshake and hug, before both boarded the Marine One helicopter for the commute to Santa Monica where the president was scheduled to speak at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

At Santa Monica Airport, they were greeted by Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, who then rode with Obama in his motorcade to the fundraiser while Villaraigosa took a separate vehicle.

At the fundraiser, Obama congratulated Garcetti’s recent election win.

“To see him now have the opportunity to take on all the enormous challenges, but also realize the unbelievable potential of this great city, is just really encouraging,” Obama said. “So I’m looking for great things out of Eric Garcetti. We’re really proud of him.”