President Obama tonight raised money at the home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, at a star studded event in New York's West Village.
Weinstein, who co-hosted the high-dollar fund-raiser with Anna Wintour, a campaign bundler, said that last year while Obama visited Martha's Vineyard he asked whether he had any good movies and he gave him a rough cut of "The King's Speech." "It was pretty good," Obama quipped.
Then Weinstein, ever mindful of the looming Oscar season, said he'd send "Iron Lady," which stars Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, this year.
Among the 50 or so guests were Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, Jimmy Fallon, Vera Wang, Alicia Keys and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Obama talked about his trip to Michigan and how he had "jump started" an entire industry of electric batteries.
Out in the heartland, "what was remarkable to see outside of Washington, the enthusiasm, the energy, the hopefulness, the decency, of the American people. What I said to them is you deserve better than you have been getting out of Washington over the last two and a half months, for that matter for the last two and a half years," Obama said, per the pool report.
He said that Washington had reached a "low-water point."
"The public suddenly realized...we are going to have to get engaged."
"If that energy is harnessed and tapped I am absolutely convinced this country is going to be on the upswing in the next couple of years."
He also noted te irony of the stock market reaction to the debt deal and the S&P downgrade: "What did everybody buy after the downgrade? U.S. Treasuries."
"The market voted with its feet."
Donors paid $35,800 each at the event, with money going to the Obama Victory Fund. Of that sum, $5,000 is going to the Obama re-election campaign and $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee.
Earlier Obama had an even smaller fund-raiser with donors at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
There was apparently no mention at either event at what was going on in Iowa: A presidential debate between GOP contenders.