President Obama, Bill Clinton team up for trio of fundraisers
President Obama and former President Bill Clinton headlined a trio of New York City fundraisers Monday, including one at a Broadway theater that drew celebrities from the entertainment world. Josh Robin has the story.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton attended three high-profile campaign fundraisers in Manhattan on Monday.
The first event for the commander-in-chief was a $40,000-per-ticket reception at the private Upper East Side home of hedge fund manager Marc Lasry.
Obama then attended a gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Entry to the gala cost at least $2,500 and rock star Jon Bon Jovi performed.
The president wrapped up his night at an enthusiastic "Barack On Broadway" concert at the New Amsterdam Theater on West 42nd Street, featuring performances by Broadway stars and playwrights, including Neil Patrick Harris, James Earl Jones, Tony Kushner, Angela Lansbury and Patti LuPone. Tickets for the event began at $250.
Last week, Clinton praised presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for having a "sterling" business record when he ran the private investment firm Bain Capital.
But at the Monday events, Clinton praised Obama's handling of the economy, comparing Romney's economic policies to the austerity measures in Europe.
"I don't think it's important to re-elect the president, I think it's essential to re-elect the president," said Clinton at the Waldorf-Astoria event.
"I am more determined now than I was in 2008. I am more inspired by America now than I even was then," said Obama at the Waldorf-Astoria event.
The three events raised a total of about $3.5 million of campaign cash.
A group of Republican demonstrators gathered outside the New Amsterdam Theater Monday night to protest Obama's policies.