President Barack Obama paid a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman in NYC, NY last night to do a little campaigning on national television just before he attended a celebrity fundraiser for his campaign hosted by Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Jay‘s 40/40 Club. The President took the opportunity on Letterman to address the comments made by Mitt Romney that he doesn’t care about 47% of country, people he considers “free loaders” who “don’t pay taxes”. Click below to see photos of Obama on the Letterman show and with B-Jay at the fundraiser and read some deets about his bizzy night.
President Obama got his first chance to address the firestorm over Mitt Romney’s comments about 47 percent of the electorate being victims who don’t have a sense of personal responsibility Tuesday night in a scheduled appearance on David Letterman’s late-night show on CBS. Mr. Obama said that Mr. Romney was wrong to categorize nearly half of Americans as people who saw themselves as victims and that he was “writing off a big chunk of the country” by his statement, which was made at a fund-raiser last May. Mr. Letterman did note that Mr. Obama made a similar gaffe in the 2008 campaign when he was caught on tape saying that voters in Pennsylvania retreated to their “guns and their religion.” Mr. Obama told Mr. Letterman that he had recognized that as a mistake and quickly apologized for it. He also emphasized that he had sought to reassure the 47 percent of Americans who voted for John McCain in 2008 that he would be their president as well. The two men also addressed the economy – Mr. Letterman said he still wanted to blame somebody and asked whether it could be Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — and the recent attacks on American diplomatic personnel and property in the Middle East. Mr. Obama, who was the only guest on Tuesday’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” received an enthusiastic greeting from the Letterman audience, who gave him a standing ovation as he walked onto the stage. Mr. Letterman got an immediate laugh by noting the empty spot next to the president and asking: “Is there anything you want to say to the empty chair?” (That of course referred to Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican convention, when he spoke to an imaginary Mr. Obama in an empty chair.) Mr. Obama got a big laugh as well after a discussion of how much in shape each man looked. Mr. Letterman said, “You haven’t seen me naked.” Mr. Obama said, “We’re going to keep it that way.”
On a day when Mitt Romney’s videotaped remarks at a Republican fund-raiser dominated the campaign, President Obama attended two fund-raisers of his own in New York City, one hosted by the music super-couple Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z. Mr. Obama did not address Mr. Romney’s comments during the small portion of each event that reporters were allowed to cover, though he did speak about them earlier in the evening, when he taped an episode of CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman” … As is its usual practice, the Obama campaign allowed the White House press corps access only to Mr. Obama’s introductory remarks, escorting reporters from the room before donors were able to ask questions of the president. During that brief period, Mr. Obama stuck to the script he generally uses with high-dollar donors. “I don’t want people to be complacent, but I also don’t want people to be discouraged,” the president said to a fashionable crowd of about 100, seated on sofas, according to a pool report. “We’re on the brink of an election, but more importantly, we’re on the brink of moving America in a direction where we’re going to be more just, more fair,” he said at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan, where Jay-Z is an owner. “The economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everybody, an America that’s respected around the world because we’re putting forward our best values and out best ideals.” Ms. Knowles, who sang at Mr. Obama’s inauguration in 2009, kept her remarks brief in introducing him. “I can’t tell you how proud we are to host tonight’s event with President Obama,” she said. “We believe in his vision.” When he took the stage, Mr. Obama said, “To Jay and Bey, thank you for your friendship.” He said his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Malia and Sasha, were annoyed that he got to spend the evening with the glittery couple. Beyoncé, he said, was a role model to his girls, while Mr. Obama said he felt a sense of kinship with Jay-Z because, he said, “we both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are.”
I mean, it’s no secret that I love our President and I’m really rooting for him to win re-election next month. As always, I think he was really great on Letterman … fair, funny and very presidential. I can’t even TELL YOU how much I would KILL for the chance to attend the event at the 40/40 Club last night but, alas, my pockets aren’t nearly that deep. Still, there is a lot of fundraising going on for both campaigns so I see no problem with the President attending events like this to raise money for his campaign. It sounds like President Obama had a bizzy but fun night (at least, I hope it was at least kinda fun for him) … and was fruitful for him in many ways :D