When all you do is throw parties at the WH and attend fat-cat fundraisers with multi-millionaires it's easy to forget that there's a recession
President Obama raised $15 million for his reelection bid at actor George Clooney's Los Angeles home Thursday night. That amount includes the $40,000 per ticket price and the proceeds from an online auction, where two people were selected to attend the event.
DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, who co-hosted the fundraiser, announced the record amount at the event, according to a White House pool report. Obama thanked him and Clooney for their support.
"We raised a lot of money because everybody loves George. They like me; they love him," he said. The fundraiser was filled with famous faces. Spotted in the crowd: Tobey Maguire, Stacy Kiebler, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Salma Hayek, Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Billy Crystal.
During his remarks, Obama joked about his gray hair, causing Clooney to quip: "Look at me!" The president also pointed out that Clooney owned a print of Shepard Fairey's "Hope" poster from the 2008 campaign. "People don't realize that the photograph of me is actually me sitting next to George," he said, noting it was taken when Clooney had come to Washington to speak about Darfur. "We struck up a friendship. And this is the first time that George Clooney has ever been Photoshopped out of a picture."