March 20, 2012 5:31am PT by Jordan Zakarin
Michelle Obama Visits David Letterman's 'Late Show,' Attends Robert De Niro-Hosted Fundraiser in NYC (Video)
Michelle Obama made a number of stops in New York on Monday as she worked to raise cash for President Obama's re-election campaign and offer a friendly, empathetic face to the millions of Americans looking for a sign that, yes, there are human beings in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Obama worked that angle on Late Show with David Letterman, when she told stories about threatening rebellion against her security detail; recalled a funny encounter that she had while shopping at Target; shared moving memories of her multiple sclerosis-suffering father; and discussed life at the White House. Specifically, life with Bo, the Obama's Portugese Water Dog.
"Bo is wonderful. He is the smartest dog on the planet," Obama smiled. "He is my son -- I have two girls and a boy." And Uggie better watch out, as she shared, "He has a very busy schedule, with the appearances -- we're thinking about getting him an agent."
She also spoke about those two daughters, Malia and Sasha, when Letterman asked her how she dealt with difficult conversations.
"It depends on what it is. Sometimes they just want to talk and engage themselves. But if it's about a rule, no means no, that's the end of it. Gotta lay down the hammer," she laughed.
There was also talk of her Joining Forces initiative, which works to serve military veterans and their families. It was her first appearance on Late Show; she has joined Jay Leno's Tonight Show a number of times, and guest starred on Nickelodeon's iCarly.
During the business leg of the day, the First Lady bowled at a fundraiser at Chelsea Piers, and then turned on the glitz at a fundraiser dinnner thrown by Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower. Joining in the festivities were big names such as Harvey Weinstein, Ben Stiller, Beyonce and Whoopie Goldberg. The event took place at Locanda Verde, De Niro's restaurant at the Tribeca Hotel.
“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney," De Niro said in his opening remarks. "Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”
The fundraiser comes amidst the Obama campaign's concerted effort to reach out to Hollywood for cash and support; last week, Weinstein and George Clooney attended the White House State Dinner, while the President has attended a number of other events in Hollywood of late, as well.