Neighbors Gather Outside the San Vicente Bungalows to Welcome Michelle Obama

San Vicente Bungalows 845 N. San Vicente Blvd.

A crowd gathered outside the San Vicente Bungalows on San Vicente Boulevard yesterday to welcome the arrival of the First Lady – the one married to the president that most West Hollywood voters love.

Michelle Obama was arriving for lunch at the private club, surrounded by an entourage that included her Secret Service security detail and deputies from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

Michelle Obama during an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning.

“It was in the middle of the day for lunch,” a person on the scene told WEHOville. “A lot of the neighbors came out. They were clapping. It was just like the Queen Mother. It was a cool little moment.”

The enthusiasm apparently had the Secret Service a bit worried, with officers watching carefully as windows opened at nearby apartments with people waiting to see Obama emerge from her lunch.

The San Vicente Bungalows, located at 845 N. San Vicente Blvd. north of Santa Monica Boulevard, is a project of Jeff Klein, best known as the owner of the Sunset Tower hotel, an historic property whose restaurant is popular among the powerful and famous. Klein created the Bungalows as part of his restoration of the San Vicente Inn, once a seedy clothing-optional motel known as the “sin bin” for housing meth users. His intent was to provide a very, very private venue for celebrities in a city whose sidewalks sometimes are jammed by paparazzi.  The San Vicente Bungalows is said to be the most exclusive club in West Hollywood and perhaps all of California with a secret committee that reaches out to prospective members and offers them the chance to apply. It is unclear whether or not Michelle Obama was a member or was just visiting a member.

Klein declined to offer an official comment on Michelle Obama’s visit, noting that the club had strict rules to protect the privacy of its members and guests. 

It’s no surprise that her surprise visit drew a crowd. She ranked No. 1 Gallup’s Most Admired List, with 15% of the votes. Current First Lady Melania Trump got 4% of the votes, leaving her one percentage point behind Oprah Winfrey (5%) and on par with former First Lady Hillary Clinton (4%).

Also featured on the most-admired women list were First Lady Melania Trump (4%), Queen Elizabeth (2%), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2%) and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres (1%)

Neither Donald nor Melania Trump has visited West Hollywood since its founding in 1984 as best as anyone can remember. City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath ruffled some (Republican) feathers in March 2016 when, then serving as the city’s mayor, she declared that Trump was not welcome in WeHo.

In fact, Trump has visited California only three times since entering the White House. He recently sold his Tudor-style house on North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills for $13.5 million. A story in the Los Angeles Times says he bought it in 2007 for $7 million and had its gray walls painted orange.


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Alan Strasburg
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Alan Strasburg

I hope she was here to announce her candidacy for Mayor of West Hollywood. We need her brilliance, wit, charm and class, all of which is in short supply on the West Hollywood Student Council. I await replies that don’t recognize the art of tongue-in-cheek rhetoric.

Michael Grace
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Michael Grace

Unfortunately, although Mrs. Obama has class and charm, she’s not a big enough name to even compete against someone like Mayor John Duran, who besides being a star, he invented Homosexuality. He’s a historical figure, one of the great humorists on gay trailer trash humor of the past and is top publicity chasers on the planet. He’ll appear anywhere. A frog jumping contest in LaVerne for example. He’s too famous for her to beat.

The Frog
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The Frog

“I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you-Nobody-too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell, they’ll advertise -you know!

How dreary-to be Somebody!
How public-like a Frog
To tell one’s name-the livelong June-
To an admiring Bog!”

Emily Dickinson 1830-1886

Observer
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Observer

With so many dining options in WeHo, why would she decide to patronize an exclusive and elitist establishment ?

Sidebar…Once a President leaves office, they and their family become private citizens. There should be no perks, such as Secret Service, free postage, and they should be barred for five years from writing any books about their presidency which will enrich themselves, let alone obscene amounts garnered from speaking engagements.

Discretion
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Discretion

Perhaps she was invited by others. We don’t know what her personal choice may have been but it hardly seems she would be an advocate of “elitist”.

Wehojagman
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Wehojagman

Interesting, so the San Vicente Bungalows (SVB) is said to be the most exclusive club in West Hollywood and perhaps all of California with a secret committee that reaches out to prospective members and offers them the chance to apply. Compared to the new costly trendy private clubs in San Francisco, the SVB is rather cheap and tacky. A critical eye immediately spots the signs of slapdash paint jobs and a conversion that avoided replacing motel-style sliding glass doors and exposed water faucets next to the pool. The SVB also has a clinging feeling, attempting to prevent appearing like a… Read more »

Discretion
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Discretion

At least The San Vicente Inn could be discreet about Mrs. Obama’s attendance.
Oh, no……the art of discretion has evaporated because few understand how powerful it can be.

FB1
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FB1

With all the homeless we have, we applaud a woman who eats at a member’s only club where membership goes for $4k a year. Where’s the outrage?! To demonstrate such privilege while so many suffer. And we applaud. How sad.

Jim Nasium
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Jim Nasium

I heard she tried French Market first but it was closed.

Judith Fellows
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Judith Fellows

I loved French Market. What a lovely place. Sad it’s just sat empty for so many years. Probably be another hi-rise for the well-heeled Hollywood types.

Awesome Weho
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Awesome Weho

OMG, life is not a zero sum game. We can admire a smart, strong woman who exudes class in the face of racism and still care about the homeless. The applause was for Michelle, not the owner of the Bungalows.

Alan Strasburg
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Alan Strasburg

Bravo, Awesome. Big picture thinking, rather than the dull pointed attacks that often spew forth in these commentaries.

FB1
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FB1

My point was is that she is an elitist and the left goes wile over her – she can do no wrong. If a republican visited a private club that charges 4k a year membership the left jumps all over it. Just pointing out the double standard. I don’t give a crap where she eats, I just hoped she saved a little something for the guy that lives in the alley behind Rage which is few hundred feet away.

Woody McBreairty
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Woody McBreairty

I assume John Duran was in attendance

enemyofthestate
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enemyofthestate

I assume the menu adhered strictly to her school lunch guidelines.