Obama Raises Cash With Some Celebrity Help

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) - President Barack Obama used a pair of fund-raisers in New York Thursday to further the message he laid out in a speech earlier in the day in Ohio, painting the November election as a choice between two starkly different visions for the United States.

"What we're going to have to do is present the choice," Obama told a group of supporters at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, according to a pool report. "You're the tie-breaker, you're the ultimate arbiter."

Obama warned, as he did in Ohio, that Mitt Romney and Republicans will largely blame him for the current economy and say it's "the other guy's fault."

"It's an elegant message. It happens to be wrong, but it's crisp. You can fit it on a bumper sticker," Obama said, noting the GOP will spend "$500 million" on ads.
The president delivered a similar message of caution during the speech in Ohio, the battleground state he and Romney visited on the same day.

"The other side will spend over a billion dollars on ads that tell you the economy is bad, that it is my fault," Obama said. "That's what the scary voice in the ads will say. That's what Mr. Romney will say … That may be their plan to win the election, but it is not a plan to create jobs."

The first of two campaign events Thursday night took place at Parker's townhouse with actor Matthew Broderick, where the president addressed a star-filled room of enthusiasts who each paid $40,000 to attend, according to an Obama campaign official.

Actresses Meryl Streep and Olivia Wilde, television host Andy Cohen, designer Michael Kors and musician Aretha Franklin were among those present at the Parker soiree.

Parker, of "Sex and the City" fame, is a high-profile supporter of Obama and narrated his first national campaign ad that aired earlier in the month. She co-hosted Thursday's reception with the notorious and famous Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. Wintour, who recently appeared in an Obama video, is a campaign bundler, a financer who donates the maximum legal limit to a campaign and enlists others to do the same.

Obama and Michelle Obama also attended a dinner at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel later Thursday night, at which singers Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys performed. The some 250 guests paid $10,000 each to bear witness to what the first lady said "qualifies as date night in the Obama household."

Thursday's events came amid a month of escalating presidential fund-raising. Obama has attended 19 fund-raisers in June, more than April and May combined. Romney and the Republican National Committee out-raised his rival and the Democratic National Committee in May, $76.8 million to $60 million, a fact Democrats have used to help bolster their coffers.

But it was the first couple who made the most recent pitch.

"You have to multiply yourselves," Michelle Obama told the Plaza crowd, as reported by the pool. "I'm going to be out there. I'm going to be out there as much as possible with as much passion and as much conviction as this little body can muster up."

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