Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson and George Clooney: Hollywood Celebrates Obama (VIDEO & PHOTOS)
Tinseltown came together to stump for President Barack Obama during the "30 Days to Victory" concert fundraiser at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre Sunday night. During the star-studded show — for which general admissions tickets ran upwards of $250 — Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi, Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder all took the stage to sing for the Commander-in-Chief.
"Today I am so honored to play for the President!" Perry tweeted before lending her booming vocals in support of Obama.
And following the performances, the candidate took to a flag-adorned podium to address the 6,000 attendees.
"Everybody here is incredible professionals," Obama said of his celebrity supporters. "They're such great friends and they just perform flawlessly night after night. I can't always say the same," he quipped in reference to his lackluster showing at the first presidential debate last week.
"Everything we fought so hard for in 2008 is on the line in 2012," he continued. "And I need your help to finish what we started.... Here’s the good news; we’ve got a better vision for our country. We have a better plan for the next four years. And that’s why we’re here tonight."
After an almost 30-minute speech, Obama waved to the cheering crowd and headed out to the Ritz-Carlton, where he dedicated the rest of his evening to deep-pocketed donors. About 150 or so supporters gathered at Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 restaurant for the $25,000-a-ticket affair, where Obama asserted he was still determined to clinch four more years in the White House.
"To all of you here tonight, I want to say how grateful I am," said the POTUS. "But I also want to tell you we're not finished yet. So you will see me working as hard as I have ever worked for the next [30 days]. … And then, you'll see me working as hard as I ever have over the next four years.... I intend to win."
Earlier in the day, Obama attended his most private campaign affair of the weekend, meeting with a dozen chief contributors — along with former President Bill Clinton — at DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's Beverly Hills home. And Obama's California cash-in trip isn't slowing down yet. Next up, the president is in Northern California, where he will show his face at three San Francisco fundraisers on Monday, including a concert featuring John Legend.
Hear Obama speak to the Nokia Theatre crowd, below.