President Obama spoke to about 60 people at a fundraiser this evening at the Westport, Conn., home of Harvey Weinstein and his wife, Georgina Chapman, where he told the crowd of high dollar donors that they were the “tiebreakers” in what is expected to be a closely fought rave.
Introducing Obama, per a pool report, Weinstein said, “Leading with your heart is the utmost for this president. Fighting for Planned Parenthood and protecting women’s rights. this president has fought the good fight. Recently, in Aurora, we saw him put his arms around the people that needed him most.”
He added, “You can make the case that he’s the Paul Newman of American presidents.”
In the audience was Newman’s widow, Joanne Woodward, seated with other guests at one of six tables. Also present were Jerry Springer, Aaron Sorkin and Anna Wintour. Anne Hathaway, a co-host, was seated at a table closest to Obama.
The President took note. “She’s spectacular. I got a chance to see ‘Batman,’ and she was the best thing in it. That’s just my personal opinion.”
He said that Sorkin, whose latest project, HBO’s “The Newsroom,” recently debuted, “writes the way every Democrat in Washington wished they spoke.”
The event was held in a high-arched ceiling room with rough wooden beams, and bookshelves on one end decorated with two gold Oscar statuettes. The house itself looks like an updated New England farmhouse along the Long Island Sound.
“We’ve spent three and a half years trying to make sure this country gets back on its feet,” Obama said. “We have a lot of work to do, and we’re not done. These gains are reversible. One a whole host of issues, you guys are the tiebreakers.”
The complete remarks below: