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A gathering of Hollywood A-listers toasted First Lady Michelle Obama in Beverly Hills Tuesday evening, raising nearly $1 million for her husband’s reelection campaign.
About 135 people — a mix of artists and executives in music, film and television — mingled on a candlelit patio at the home of former U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant and her husband Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer.
Among those attending the event were Quincy Jones, Harvey Weinstein, Jerry and Ann Moss, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Reed Hastings, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steve Bing, Berry Gordy, Mike and Irena Medavoy, Haim and Cheryl Saban, and Jeff Garlin.
If there was any animosity towards the White House over its opposition to recent anti-piracy legislation, it wasn’t apparent at the gathering with the First Lady, who stood for photos and gave out hugs as folk singer Joshua Radin serenaded the crowd.
Michelle Obama recapped her husband’s achievements over the past three years, praising the president’s healthcare reform, the removal of troops from Iraq, the proposal to reduce taxes for the middle class, and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to a pool report.
She emphasized that Barack Obama should be re-elected in November in order for the American economy to finally recover from the crisis. “In the last 3 years, we’ve worked hard to get out of this mess and we’ve made some remarkable progress, but we know there are people still suffering and there is a long road left to travel,” the First Lady said.
“She talked about (Obama’s) accomplishments so beautifully, it really moved people,” one attendee told The Hollywood Reporter. “People were really fired up afterward. Everyone was thrilled to see her.”
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