President Obama hit up an assortment of stars for money tonight in New York City as showbiz folks, who are already planning to release some type of hagiographical film just before Election Day celebrating the killing of Bin Laden, pitched in to the reelection effort some more.
A portion of the pool report from the second event runs below.
Each ticket cost $35,800, which is part of the reason I think why I was not invited. The first $5,000 goes to the Obama campaign, the rest to the DNC, which of course can use the money for Obama. Looks like about $1.7 million changed hands.
At an earlier fundraiser, 15 people also paid the maximum donation of $35,800 each at an intimate event at the Ritz Carlton, putting Obama’s total take for his New York City sojourn at about $2.2 million. He’s headed back to Washington now.
Hundreds of people packed the streets of West Village on a fine summer evening and police marksmen stood on rooftops as the President arrived at the residence, a smart, multi-story brick row house, of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Guests, including Gwyneth Paltrow, her husband Chris Martin, Jimmy Fallon, Vera Wang, co-host Anna Wintour, Alicia Keys and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo awaited, sitting round five round tables each holding 10 people in a hot basement room.
The president walked down the stairs into the very intimate setting with a characteristic “Hello, Hello, Hello,” and guests stood to applaud him.
Weinstein said he had been trying to persuade his wife for three years to have a housewarming party and it had taken president to make it happen.
He said that that last year in Martha’s Vineyard the president had asked him if he had any movies and he had given him a rough cut of the “King’s Speech.”
Obama quipped :”It was pretty good.”
Weinstein said this year he would send Obama Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher in the “Iron Lady” to watch on his vacation.