At Jay-Z's Obama Soiree: $280K Champagne Tower
350 of the $800 bottles are stacked in 'breathtaking' piece
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2012 1:03 PM CDT
President Barack Obama waves to supporters at Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus, Ohio, as he leaves the airport for a campaign event Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

(Newser) – President Obama will raise $4 million tonight in true "Big Pimpin'" fashion. Yes, Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé are hosting a New York fundraiser for the prez tonight, and it will feature a modest little 18-foot tower of champagne. Specifically, Armand de Brignac champagne, the $800-a-bottle, gold-labeled brand served at Jay's nightclub, where the fete will be held. "It’s floor-to-ceiling gold bottles in the entire space. It’s beautiful—breathtaking," a rep for the club tells the New York Post. "It’s the first thing you see when you walk in."

But don't expect to see any photos of Obama next to the $280,000, 350-bottle tower, the Post warns; the White House will surely keep any such images under wraps. About 100 people are expected to attend the $40,000-a-head event, and the Post describes the guest list as "an elite roster of hipsters and multimillionaires."

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Sep 19, 2012 11:49 AM CDT
I Voted for Obama. I was let down by Obama. I see that even those who are there to ''entertain us'' are keeping WAY more then their fair share. At $40,000 a plate. how many inner City families do you think will be able to attend this luscious event? I can answer that one. NONE. Politics is what runs this country. The only people allowed to bring on that process are the ones with all the MONEY. We are not going to be able to move forward until THE MIDDLE CLASS AS A WHOLE SEE THE TABLES ARE TURNED AGAINST US. No, right now they have us smack dab in the middle of the biggest division that our time has ever seen. The media took control of our feelings. They drained our brains with senseless nonsense. When they talk about ''Zombie Apocalypse'' i see it as more metaphorically speaking. I dont think it is in the right taste for the President to have an event hosted by a VERY WEALTHY icon. It makes me wonder what the ''catch'' is. Hey, maybe if we all pool our money together, we can get the $40k to buy one plate. Rock, Paper , Scissors for who gets to go! Seriously, there has to be another answer then making the middle class vote there futures a way to either one of these slim bags. Let's fire them all and Start over. If they really want their jobs back, they can prove it by leveling the playing field so that people who truly understand most of America's problems get a chance to go for it too. I have seen some amazing things come from some pretty hard places. All it took was coming together to understand our differences and work with what we connect on. I am done with the talking heads...Because there are too many of them and none of them are telling the FULL TRUTH. Obama enjoy your fuck $40k a head fundraiser. There are kids going to bed hungry ALL around you while you do this shit. It is disgusting. I bet you could take at least one of those donations to a shelter and they could use the money to put food in people's bellies. Just think of how many PB&J's $40k could make.
Sep 18, 2012 10:19 PM CDT
our embassy is burned to the ground and our ambassador is raped, murdered, and dragged through the streets. where is the president ?? he's sipping 280k champagne with a rapper.
Sep 18, 2012 8:05 PM CDT
How about 280,000 to an inner city youth charity instead. Maybe rebuild a few little league fields and buy them some uniforms and equipment or something. Or kiss Obama's ass, either one. Ironic that Jay-Z is supporting a supporter of the police state. Thought he didn't like police.