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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Celebrities Turn Out for Obama Fund-Raising Event


President Obama finished an evening of fund-raising at a star-studded event at the Connecticut home of the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Monday night, and even offered his personal review of the latest Batman movie.

Mr. Obama, who has made Mitt Romney's wealth a signature issue during this campaign season, had no problem hobnobbing with wealthy New York and Hollywood figures who joined him in the spacious house in Westport complete with swimming pool and badminton court within sight of Long Island Sound.

Two gold Oscar statues sat on shelves as Mr. Obama addressed 60 donors who forked over $35,800 each for the privilege. Among the guests were Anne Hathaway, who played Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” the new Batman film; Jerry Springer, the talk show host; Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine; Joanne Woodward, the actress and widow of Paul Newman; Aaron Sorkin, creator of television shows like “The Newsroom ” and “The West Wing”; and Gov. Daniel P. Malloy of Connecticut.

Mr. Obama made sure to single out Ms. Hathaway, who was wearing “a silver dress with puffed sleeves gathered from the elbow to the shoulder, and a tight bodice,” according to a pool report by Dave Boyer of The Washington Times. “She's spectacular,” Mr. Obama said. “And I did get a chance to see Batman. And she was the best thing in it. That's just my personal opinion.”

Mr. Obama also mentioned Mr. Sorkin, “who writes the way every Democrat in Washington wished they spoke.” And he paid tribute to Ms. Woodward. “Joanne and Paul were not only I think what was best about American film but also just embodied the American spirit in so many ways,” he said.

Mr .Weinstein, who hosted the event along with his wife, the fashion designer, Georgia Chapman, cast Mr. Obama as the leading man. “You can make the case that he's the Paul Newman of A merican presidents,” Mr. Weinstein said.

Presumably, he didn't mean Mr. Newman as Butch Cassidy, who didn't do so well in his last election.