While speaking at his fundraiser at the New Amsterdam Theater in Times Square tonight, President Barack Obama mixed up Mitt Romney with his father, former Michigan Governor George Romney. The president made the mistake when he was attempting to contrast his economic policies with those of the younger Mr. Romney.
“We are not going back to a set of policies that say you’re on your own and that’s essentially the theory of the other side. You know, George Romney,” the president said as the audience immediately burst into loud laughter.
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama will attend a fundraising reception at the swank Pierre Hotel on 61st Street. According to a campaign official, tickets for the event will start at $250 per person with proceeds benefitting the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.
Prez in the City
Next month, President Barack Obama is having a fundraiser at the home of former “Sex and The City” star Sarah Jessica Parker. The Obama campaign sent an email from Ms. Parker to supporters this morning informing them that they can earn an invitation to the exclusive soiree if they make a donation.
“It’s my honor to invite you to take part in an event I’m hosting at my home with the President and First Lady on June 14th,” Ms. Parker wrote. “If you can make a donation of any amount today, you’ll be automatically entered to win two tickets to New York to join us.”
President Barack Obama has gone on the attack against Mitt Romney for his career at the private equity firm Bain Capital and cast himself as an aggressive crusader for reform in the financial industry, but he took decidedly more friendly tone toward big business last night at a fundraiser hosted by Hamilton “Tony” James, President and COO of the private equity giant Blackstone Group. In his speech at Mr. James’ home in Manhattan, the president argued his focus on social programs is actually better for big business than the Republicans’ push for more tax cuts.
“I think all of us benefit from the freedom of free enterprise. But if you look at our history, what we also realize is that what makes our markets work and what allows us then to go out and pursue our individual dreams is that there are some things we’ve done in concert,” President Obama said. “There are some things that we’ve done as a common enterprise — making sure that our schools are teaching our kids the skills that they need to compete in a new economy; making certain that we’re investing in science and research so that the next medical breakthrough or the next great business idea takes root right here in the United States; making sure we’re investing in roads and bridges and airports and broadband lines and wireless networks that allow–that provide a platform for businesses and individuals to succeed; and making sure that we’ve got basic rules of the road in place so that the markets function in a transparent, clear way so that small investors have confidence if they invest on Wall Street they’re not going to get bilked by somebody who has more information than them.”
President Barack Obama flew to attended a fundraising dinner at the home of actor George Clooney last night in Studio City, California. According to reports filed by the White House press pool, it was a star-studded event that raised almost $15 million for the president’s re-election campaign.
There were 150 supporters at the fundraiser including Read More
Massachusetts Republicans criticized Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren for having a New York fundraiser hosted by calypso singer Harry Belafonte. Mr. Belafonte drew the ire of conservatives in Ms. Warren’s home state because of his long history as an activist, which included vigorous, sometimes controversial, opposition to the Bush administration that has earned him villain status among some conservatives.
“Harry Belafonte’s anti-American views are extreme and repugnant. He has praised Castro and Chavez, blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks that took place on 9/11 and denounced America as a villain in world affairs,” MassGOP Executive Director Nate Little,” told the Boston Herald.
According to one of his aides, Congressman Charlie Rangel will make his first public appearance in about two months on Tuesday. Mr. Rangel has been in and out of the hospital two times and out of the public eye since February 9 with what his aides and allies have described as a serious back injury. Mr. Rangel’s appearance will kick off a week of events for the congressman.
“We’re rolling all next week, it’s going to be a big week for us,” Socrates Solano told The Politicker.
Last night, actress Scarlett Johansson hosted a packed fundraiser at the Maritime Hotel for Manhattan Borough President and likely mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. Ms. Johansson introduced Mr. Stringer as the “future mayor of New York City” and the candidate said his campaign was going to “take back City Hall.” Despite the obvious signs he has his sights set on the mayor’s office, Mr. Stringer told The Politicker he’s still not officially throwing his hat in the ring.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn hasn’t officially announced her campaign for mayor, but she’s definitely still fundraising for the job. Club promoter Michael Cohen has begun advertising a pricey bash to benefit Ms. Quinn’s campaign at the Standard Hotel’s rooftop lounge, Top of the Standard, which is still far better known by its old name, The Boom Boom Room.
ScarJo For Stringer
Actress Scarlett Johansson is holding her third fundraiser for Manhattan borough president and likely mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. The event, which will be held on the roof of the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, includes a two hour party preceded by an hour-and-a-half long “private reception.” Tickets for the party start at $50, access to the reception is reserved for chairs who pony up $2,500.