The quiet of Malibu was broken Sunday morning by a virtual armada of vehicles carrying President Bill Clinton to a gathering at the home of singer/actress/comedian/director Barbra Streisand.
The highway was closed in places for 15-20 minutes while the motorcade passed by, reported to us by surprised spectators as consisting of motorcycles, a presidential limousine without any flags flying, a communications van, an emergency medical vehicle, a fire truck (which they apparently picked up from the Zumirez fire station) and a bevy of Secret Service vehicles.
Clinton had been in Beverly Hills the day before for a large fund-raising dinner. No one was saying whether the visit to Malibu was spontaneous or long-planned.
The president has a number of show business friends in Malibu, and some rumors persist that he may be coming here after his term is over. In his last major trip to Malibu in November 1977, he stayed the weekend at the home of Jeffrey Katzenberg on PCH and went to dinner at Georgio Malibu, along with a few of his Hollywood pals, including Katzenberg, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Barry Diller, David Geffen, Mayor Richard Riordan and Kevin Spacey.
On that Sunday morning, he unexpectedly dropped in to Malibu Presbyterian Church for the 9:30 service.