• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest

Obama Receives Warm Reception at Spike Lee Fundraiser

President Obama
Mandel Ngan/Getty

Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon are among the 45 guests at the $35,800-per-ticket dinner in NYC.

Amid all the talk of a Hollywood boycott on fundraising for Barack Obama because of his SOPA position, the president was feted Thursday night at a $35,800-per-ticket fundraiser at director Spike Lee's New York City brownstone.

Among the 45 guests were Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon.

PHOTOS: 10 Hollywood Players That Will Make a Difference in the 2012 Elections

According to the pool report, Obama told the crowd: "Everybody in this room is going to be doing fine -- but for children and grandchildren and future generations who are going to be able to proudly say that America continues to be the land of opportunity."

STORY: Hollywood Moguls: No 'Obama Boycott' Over Piracy Stance

Although Lee has been critical of the president in the past, all seemed to be forgiven at the intimate gathering. Lee's wife, writer Tonya Lewis Lee, introduced the president to the crowd. "Another four years," she said. The president took the microphone to warm applause.

In his opening remarks, Obama recalled how he took Michelle to see Lee's movie Do the Right Thing on their first date, according to the pool report.

Lee quipped: "Good thing you didn't choose Driving Miss Daisy."