UPDATE 6:21 PM – President Obama tonight is raising more Hollywood millions in New York at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house and at another event at the Plaza Hotel with Mariah Carey. At Parker’s West Village brownstone, Obama called his fundraising visit tonight to NYC a “date night” for him and the First Lady. Introduced by Parker at the event co-hosted by the Sex and The Citystar and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Obama took on his Republican rivals and praised his hosts tonight. See the condensed verision of the White House pool report below:
The pool was led in as SJP in an elegant updo, was talking about the “unstoppable” Anna Wintour. SJP called FLOTUS “our radiant and extraordinary first lady” and said she had been doing “amazingly important things these last 4 years.” She introduced Obama and said they gathered “hopefully, with enormous enthusiasm.” She gave him a hug and kiss. POTUS noted that Broderick wasn’t there, “Matthew had a show,” he said. He said that the couple had “been great friends” and said WIntour too was “been just a great friend. She is working hard in NY and Chiicago,” he said. He self deprecatingly called himself the 5th or 6th in the “hierarchy in the WH,” behind FLOTUS, the girls, Bo and his mother in law. And joked it was the couple’s “date night.”
FLOTUS sat next to SJP, who was in a black lace dress (or top and skirt, couldn’t tell) and FLOTUS sat across from Bravo’s Andy Cohen. Other celebs spotted: Meryl Streep and designer Michael Kors, who sat next to Wintour. She was at the far end of the table.“We’ve got as fundamental a choice this time out than wee have had in 30, 40 or 50 years,, what we are going to have to do is present very clearly to the American people that choice,” he said.
At the end, as the pool was ushered out, Wintour got up and the president said “Anna is going to moderate to make sure I don’t call on the wrong person.”
He gave a standard stump speech and said the economy was recovering because of American grit. “Because of their resilence, we’ve begun to come back,” he said. He ticked off his accomplishments in health care and said he was committed to investing in science and technology. “That’s why I’m running for a second term, because our work is not yet done.” After he said that “GM is now back on top,” SJP’s young son began clapping. “He wanted to fire up the crowd,” POTUS said. “He knows an applause line,” Cohen said, roaring. “Right on cue!”
The guests sat at two long tables in two long rooms w dividing doors open. There was ample art on the wall, and a floor to ceiling bookshelves and two large marble fireplaces. The mantels on the fireplaces were covered in flowers, as were the tables, which were also decorated with votives. There were many attractive people seated at the tables, but your pooler sadly did not recognize them and there were no photos allowed.
There were about 50 guests at the $40,000 a ticket dinner. Broderick, who is one of the headliners at this year’s 4th of July celebrations in D.C., is currently starring in Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Imperial Theatre on NYC’s 45th Street. Tonight’s show was at 7 PM EST. The Obamas left the Parker/Wintour event at about 6:05 PM PST. Sarah Jessica and Anna came outside to wave goodbye Obama headed to his next fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel. There were hundreds of supporters outside on the streets. A bit less intimate that at Parker’s house, the Plaza event is a 250 guest gala. Tickets were $10,000 a piece. Mariah Carey is co-hosting; Alicia Keys will be there too.
4th UPDATE 4:06 PM The President and First Lady have arrived at Sarah Jessica Parker’s West Village brownstone, says the White House pool reports. The Obamas are there for the $40,000 ticket fundraiser the Sex and The City star and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour are holding for the incumbent. Dump trucks are blocking the street. The White House says that tonight’s lotto small donor winner to spend a “New York Night” with Obama is Robin Hunt, a project administrator at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Robin brought her mother Elvita as her guest to the Parker/Wintour fundraiser. Including tonight’s two events, Obama has had 19 celebrity fundraisers for his reelection campaign, raising an estimated $51 million.
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3RD UPDATE 3:47 PM Barack and Michelle Obama are on their way to Sarah Jessica Parker’s brownstone in the West Village for their first NYC fundraiser of the night. Earlier the Obamas toured the WTC site with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other local dignitaries. The President also met with some of the workers down at the One World Trade Center and told them their work is “what the American Spirit is all about.” At the site, which is expected to be completed in 2014, Obama signed a beam along with the Governors and the Mayor. The President wrote “We remember We rebuild We come back stronger! Barack Obama.”
2nd UPDATE 3:04 PM The President and First Lady aren’t expected for at least another 30 minutes or so, but other guests have already started showing up at Sarah Jessica Parker’s West Village home for the fundraiser the star is co-hosting with Vogue’s Anna Wintour for Obama’s campaign. Meryl Streep is there, so is Michael Kors and Aretha Franklin. The Obamas have arrived at the WTC site for the ceremony there, but have yet to appear for their tour of the 22nd floor of the One World Trade Center building. Traffic in lower Manhattan is at a standstill.
UPDATE 2:35 PM – Another week and another celebrity fundraiser for Barack Obama. This time the incumbent is in New York for an early evening event for 50 guests at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house. Another fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel later tonight co-hosted by Mariah Carey follows that. While its nowhere near the record breaking $15 million Obama raised on May 10 at the fundraiser at George Clooney’s house in LA, the NYC events today are estimated to raise about $4.5 million for the President’s re-election campaign. The Sex and The City star is co-hosting the intimate dinner at her and husband Matthew Broderick’s house with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Air Force One flew from campaign events in Cleveland and was scheduled to land at NYC’s JFK Airport at around 1:35 PST according to the White House schedule. The presidential plane actually touched down at 2:10 PM PST and the Obamas headed into Manhattan via Marine One. Before heading over to Parker’s place, the President and the First Lady will visit the World Trade Center site to get a tour of the construction there. Obama is scheduled to speak to the crowd at Parker’s West Village brownstone, some of whom paid a reported $40,000 a ticket, around 3:45 PM PST / 6:45 PM EST. Parker appeared in the campaign’s first national ad that debut on the MTV Movie Awards on June 3. People should vote for Obama because he’s “he guy who ended the war in Iraq, the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want, and the guy who created four million new jobs — that guy,” said Parker in the ad. The Parker/Wintour dinner will feature Italian cuisine from chef Michael White and a performance by New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty. The gala fundraiser at the Plaza will have 250 guests who have paid $10,000 a ticket.
Like with the May fundraiser at Clooney’s pad, the Parker/Wintour event will feature lucky winning lotto donors who only needed to donate $3 to get a chance to have dinner with the President, the celebs and the well-heeled. Like the Clooney and Parker events, there will of course be other guests who paid big bucks to be there. Tickets for the intimate dinner at Clooney’s house went for around $40,000 a pop. While there was no lotto when the President was in LA last week for more of Hollywood’s cash, individual tickets went for $25,000 each and $40,000 a couple for the fundraiser at Glee creator Ryan Murphy and his fiancé David Miller’s house. Two days ago the campaign introduced a new twist on the popular lotto dinner with the President by giving potential attendees the opportunity to not only bring a guest but also pick Obama’s guest. The Obama re-election campaign hasn’t offered a date or location for this latest dinner. Earlier last week, before coming to LA, Obama was in NYC with former President Bill Clinton and Jon Bon Jovi at side for more fundraising.