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Thursday
Jun142012

Sarah Jessica Parker Hosts the Obamas

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facing a tightening presidential race and onslaught of cash from pro-Republican outside groups, President Obama Thursday night got a boost from some of his loyal allies in the film and fashion industries with an exclusive multimillion dollar campaign fundraiser at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, actor Matthew Broderick.

A party of 50 donors, each paying $40,000 to attend, gathered around a long table just inside the entryway of Parker’s four-story brownstone in the West Village to dine with the president and First Lady Michelle Obama. Spotted at the table were actress Meryl Streep, producer Andy Cohen, designer Michael Kors, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and actress Olivia Wilde.  (Broderick was not in attendance; the president noted he “had a show to run off to.”)

President Obama, standing in close quarters with his guests and members of the press brought in to hear the remarks, spoke candidly about the challenges of the general election race underway.

“We’re going to have to fight for it because the American people are tired, they’ve gone through a very tough economy. They’re still having a tough time. And that’s why this election is going to be close,” Obama said.

“The other side is going to spend $500 million with a very simple message, which is ‘You’re frustrated, you’re disappointed, and it’s the fault of the guy in the White House.’ And that’s an elegant message. It happens to be wrong. But it’s crisp. You can fit it on a bumper sticker."

“So we’re going to have to work hard in this election. We’re going to have to work harder than we did in 2008,” he said.

Obama underscored a point he made earlier in the day during a campaign speech in Cleveland, casting the November vote as a stark choice between his economic visions and those of GOP rival Mitt Romney. And he charged his supporters with helping to make the case to the American people.

“What we’re going to have to do is present that choice,” he said. “You’re the tie-breaker, you’re the ultimate arbiter.”

Parker -- dressed in a navy lace cocktail dress with three-quarter length sleeves, a jewel-studded necklace and an enormous diamond ring -- appeared emotionally engaged with the president’s message, indicating in her introduction of the Obamas that she is eager to help him win a second term.

“It is a great, a rare, a very special -- and I’m assuming a singular -- treat to welcome you into our home … our radiant, our extraordinary first lady,” Parker said motioning to Michelle Obama, who was seated beside her at the head of the table.

“You’ve done amazing important things these past four years…. I very much look forward to the things you’re going to accomplish in the next four years,” she said of the first lady.  Parker then turned to the president, standing a few feet away, saying the crowd was gathered “hopefully and with enormous enthusiasm” for the “beloved current and future president of the United States.”

Taking the microphone in the intimate space, Obama thanked “Sarah Jessica” and “her whole crew” as “great friends” and a “great leader and champion on behalf of the arts.” He also hailed Wintour, calling her “Anna,” as a “great friend” who is “working really hard here … and in Chicago as well.”

“I recognize that most of you are here to see Michelle,” Obama joked. “I always explain I rank fifth in the hierarchy in the White House. There’s Michelle, my mother-in-law, the two girls and Bo. So that actually makes it six. In terms of star wattage, people come to the White House and say, Where’s Michelle?”

The president then publicly hailed his wife: “Some of you know that Michelle had some skepticism about a life in politics. I think that’s well known. And so the grace and the strength and the poise and the warmth that she has brought to an extraordinarily difficult task as first lady and still being the best mom couldn’t make me prouder. I’m very pleased she’s here. This is sort of our date night.”

As Obama spoke, holding a microphone in the small space, Parker’s 9-year-old son -- sporting a short sleeve dress shirt and tie -- looked on from a few feet away. When the president mentioned that U.S. automaker GM is “back on top,” the child started clapping, impromptu. “That’s worth applauding,” Obama said with a grin as the room laughed and joined in. “Right on cue,” Obama said.

The Parker event was expected to net more than $2 million in ticket sales alone for the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising account for the Obama Campaign and Democratic National Committee.  An online grassroots fundraising contest in conjunction with the dinner also netted several million dollars, officials said.

Robin Hunt of Baltimore, Md., was named the lucky winner of the contest, according to the campaign.  She and her mother, Elvita, of Winston-Salem, N.C., received an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the dinner and meet the president and first lady.

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Monday
Jun042012

Sarah Jessica Parker Ad Touts Obama as 'That Guy' Who Created Jobs

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama campaign aired its first national TV ad of the election cycle Sunday night -- a 30-second spot on the MTV Network that features actress Sarah Jessica Parker plugging President Obama’s record and soliciting donations for a campaign sweepstakes.

“OK, the guy who ended the war in Iraq; the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want; the guy who created four million new jobs.  That guy -- President Obama -- and his wife Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14th,” Parker says in the video.

“And I want you to be there too.  But, you have to go to JoinObama.com for a chance to win and the contest ends tomorrow night.  So go right here right now because we need him and he needs us,” she says.

The spot, an appeal to younger Obama supporters, aired three times Sunday night during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, a campaign official said.  It comes as part of a major fundraising push to kick off the month of June.

A similar grassroots fundraising contest for an event last month at actor George Clooney’s Los Angeles home brought in millions of dollars above what was raised from high-dollar ticket sales, according to the campaign.

On Friday, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, an Obama bundler and co-host for the June 14 event, starred in a campaign web video pushing the contest.

“Sarah Jessica and I have our own reasons for supporting President Obama.  And we want to hear yours.  So please join us,” Wintour says.  “Just don’t be late.”

Republicans have criticized the star-powered fundraising appeals to grassroots donors as “out of touch,” given the state of the economy.

“The Obama campaign showed once again how out of touch they are, releasing a fundraising contest featuring Vogue chief Anna Wintour the same day as a dismal jobs report highlighted how millions of Americans continue to struggle,” said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski.

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