President Barack Obama returned to the city this afternoon for a trio of star-studded fund-raising events.
Mr. Obama’s first stop was the West Village home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, where about 65 people paying between $16,200 and $20,000 gathered around tables draped in white linen to hear the president speak.
Among those spotted in the crowd: Justin Timberlake, decked out in trendy, black-rimmed glasses and slicked-back hair, his wife, actress Jessica Biel, and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, according to pool reports.
In remarks to the group, the president talked about the Boston Marathon bombing and the West, Texas explosion, and how they had brought the nation together.
“Over the last three weeks, month, you know, the country’s gone through some tough times,” the president reportedly told the audience members, who were served parfait and finger sandwiches.
“Everybody has the same sense that we live in the greatest country on earth, that we’ve gone through some tough times, but we’re resilient and we can overcome whatever challenges are thrown at us. And there’s a desire to get outside of the constant squabbling and bickering and positioning and gamesmanship and get to the business of figuring out how do we make sure that the next generation does better than this generation,” he reportedly said.
He also spoke about his second term and how his perspective had changed.
“You start thinking about history and start thinking in longer sweeps of time. And you start saying to yourself, the three-and-a-half years you’ve got is not a lot. More than anything, what I will be striving for over the next three-and-a-half years is to see if that spirit we saw in Boston and West Texas, if we can institutionalize that. If we can create a framework where everybody’s working together and moving this country forward,” he reportedly said.
The president then headed to a second home, this time in TriBeCa, for a dinner hosted by Alexandra Stanton, a former advisory to ex-Gov. David Paterson, and her husband, Sam Natapoff. Approximately 60 guests paid between $16,200 and $20,000 to attend the event, a Democratic National Committee official said.
The president once again spoke about the recent events, but also spoke about the immigration bill, the escalating situation in Syria, the Middle East peace process, and his goal of “reinvigorating a sense of hope and possibility” for both Israel and the Palestinians.
“Deep down there is still this incredible appetite for peace,” he reportedly told the group, while warning that the “window of opportunity is growing smaller by the day.”
After dinner, Mr. Obama was set too head to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for a final event with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, attended by approximately 140 guests paying between $7,500 and $32,400.
Rep. Steve Israel, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair, and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chair, are both expected to speak.
The president also caused his usual traffic chaos as his motorcade snaked through Manhattan, with residents and tourists snapping photos and shooting videos from behind police barricades.