~ Jay-Z and Beyonce hosting Obama
President Obama will be hosted Sept. 18 in New York City by rap mogul Jay-Z and wife Beyonce. The fundraiser, organized by the two longtime Obama supporters, will be held in the rapper’s swanky 40/40 Club in the heart of Manhattan. Tickets are priced at $40,000 and the exclusive event will be limited to about 100 guests.
The mega-star power couple has an ongoing relationship with the first family. Beyonce sang at the president’s inauguration in 2008, and she also attended a fundraising dinner in March hosted by the first lady. The love of the ladies is mutual as Michelle Obama helped Beyonce with efforts to promote global humanitarianism.
Jay-Z and the president also have a bond. In early September, the president appeared in a pre-recorded video at a Jay-Z event in Philadelphia.
In an email to Obama supporters, Beyonce said she’s a huge fan and will do whatever it takes to help him win a close race.
~ Obama: Jay-Z ‘knows what my life is like’
“And Jay-Z now knows what my life is like: We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are,” Obama said to laughter and applause. “So we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard, but it’s okay.”
Obama, in an interview taped for broadcast on the “Late Show” with David Letterman, called the video “offensive” and underlined that the U.S. government “had nothing to do with it” but underlined “that’s never an excuse for violence.”
“The message we have to send, I think, to the Muslim world is, we expect you to work with us to keep our people safe,” the president said, one week after gunmen stormed the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi in an attack that claimed the lives of the U.S. ambassador there and three aides. Obama’s remarks were collected by pool reporter Anita Kumar of McClatchy Newspapers.
~ Obama responds to Mitt Romney’s 47% secret video
~ President of all Americans, but happy to have rich friends
– President Barack Obama invoked blue-collar workers on Tuesday to contrast himself with his Republican challenger Mitt Romney but later, he rubbed shoulders with a well-heeled crowd at a fundraiser in an elegant nightclub.
Romney struggled to steady his reeling White House campaign after a secretly recorded video showed him dismissing Obama’s supporters – almost half the country’s voters – as victims who are too dependent on government.
Obama chided Romney on “Late Night with David Letterman” for the comments, and talked about the hard work of single mothers and auto workers.