President Obama raised up to $1.8 million at a fundraiser last night at Spike Lee’s home in New York City.
The event was one of an incredible four Manhattan fundraisers attended in a single evening by president. Obama also held court twice at the swank Daniel restaurant in Midtown and appeared at the Apollo Theater before getting home to the White House after midnight.
The campaign did not release the fundraising total, but tickets for the Lee shindig were $35,800, according to reports, and the pool report said seating was for 50.
The Middle Class Warrior-in-Chief last August mingled with Lee at a party on Martha’s Vineyard, where the director apparently also takes his vacations during the summer.
Other Famous and Fabulous People were in attendance, including Mariah Carey, her husband Nick Cannon, and retired New York Knicks guard Allan Houston.
From the pool report:
At about 8 pm the pool was ushered through the foyer and a corridor of Spike Lee’s Upper East Side home and into a small dining room with 5 tables of 10 seats each as the director’s wife, writer Tonya Lewis Lee, was introducing POTUS.
She noted that Spike’s hosting the fundraiser might seem odd to some since he has been critical of POTUS on occasion. But, she added, “I’m sure he doesn’t like all of Spike’s movies.” (Laughter, including from SL; fyi, as POTUS would recall, Lee also hosted an event at his Martha’s Vineyard home during a presidential vacation there.)
She called for “another four years” and to warm applause POTUS took the mic.
He said Spike Lee has long been special to him because, as he previously recalled at the MV event, “on my first official date with Michelle” he took her to see “Do The Right Thing” — “I was showing my sophistication” by taking her to a movie by a hot new director.
“Good thing you didn’t choose ‘Driving Miss Daisy,'” Spike Lee interjected, cracking himself up.
POTUS hit the same points as at the prior two fundraisers — “We’re obviously at a historic moment …but this is also a moment of great promise…”
I give the White House credit for having Obama deliver formal remarks, which opens the event up to the press. Many private residence fundraisers are off limits.