Jay-Z, Beyoncé at NYC Obama Fundraiser: 'We Believe in His Vision'
One is the leader of the free world; the other is a trailblazing hip-hop mogul. But President Barack Obama and Jay-Z are more alike than it seems.
That's the message Obama sent as he addressed about 100 guests at a $40,000-per-head fundraiser hosted by Jay and his wife, platinum-selling singer Beyoncé, at Jay's 40/40 Club in New York City.
"I can't tell you how proud we are to host tonight's event with President Obama," Queen B said in introducing the man of the hour, according to pool reports. "We believe in his vision."
Then the POTUS began by expressing his gratitude to his star supporters. "To Jay and Bey, thank you so much for your friendship," he said. "We are so grateful." The Commander-in-Chief went on to praise his hosts. "Beyoncé couldn’t be a better role model for our daughters," Obama boasted, "because she carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent."
"And Jay-Z now knows what my life is like," the president said, sending the audience into a roar of laughter.
"We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are," Obama explained. "So we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard, but it’s okay. It’s okay."
And though the president was flying solo for the event — which pulled in $4 million for his reelection campaign — he admitted his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters were bummed to miss out on a night with the musical power couple. "Michelle and Malia and Sasha are mad at me because they are not here," the POTUS said. "That doesn’t usually happen. Usually they’re like, we’re glad you’re going — we don’t need to go. But every time they get a chance to see these two they are thrilled, partly because they are just both so generous, particularly to my kids. And Malia and Sasha just love both of them."
As his speech turned to politics, Obama said he's pushing for a “more fair, more just” world. "We’ve made history in the past and we’re going to make history in the next seven weeks."
Earlier in the night, the president sat down with David Letterman on The Late Show — for the first time in almost three years — where he touched on Clint Eastwood's phantom chair bit from the Republican National Convention, the inflammatory anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims and newly-leaked videos of Mitt Romney dismissing the "47 percent" of voters who are "dependent on government."
Next up from Obama's Hollywood supporters, Katy Perry is set to perform as part the president's concert-fundraiser 30 Days To Victory, billed for Oct. 7 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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