Obama Rings Hollywood's Cash Register for $2.3M

President attends Conn. fundraiser with Anne Hathaway, Aaron Sorkin
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2012 8:10 AM CDT
President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after attending two fundraisers in Connecticut, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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(Newser) – President Obama was again feted by Hollywood VIPs last night, from Jerry Springer to Anne Hathaway, but this time Hollywood came to his coast for a Connecticut fundraiser. Harvey Weinstein hosted the fundraiser at his home, and the 60 attendees—who paid $38,500 each—also included Aaron Sorkin, Joanne Woodward, and Anna Wintour, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Obama showed off his fandom during his remarks, calling Hathaway "the best thing" in the new Dark Knight movie, and noting that West Wing writer Sorkin "writes the way every Democrat in Washington wished they spoke." The Republican National Committee, of course, spun the fundraiser this way in a press release: "While Americans Continue To Struggle Under Obamanomics, Obama Takes Another Break To Party With Celebrities." At an earlier event in Connecticut, Obama tried out a new line about "Romney Hood." (Read more President Obama stories.)

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