President Obama attended a fundraiser at the 40/40 Club hosted by Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce last night.
The Prez addressed a group of 100 supporters at the club, his supporters having paid $40,000 apiece for the privilege.
Obama began his remarks on a lighter note, thanking the superstar couple for their hospitality.
He said his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Malia and Sasha, were annoyed that he got to spend the evening with the glittery couple.
President Obama also noted how much he and Jay-Z have in common.
“Jay-Z now knows, you know, what my life is like,” the president said. “We both have daughters. And our wives are more popular than we are.” He turned to his host and added: ”So– you know. So we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard, but it’s OK.”
Obama also thanked Beyonce for being a role model to his daughters Sasha and Malia. ”She carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent,” he said.
Beyonce, wearing a form-fitting red cocktail dress, introduced Obama by saying:
“I can’t tell you how proud we are to host tonight’s event with President Obama. … We believe in his vision.”
“I don’t want people to be complacent, but I also don’t want people to be discouraged,” the president said to a fashionable crowd of about 100, seated on sofas, according to a pool report.
“We’re on the brink of an election, but more importantly, we’re on the brink of moving America in a direction where we’re going to be more just, more fair,” said the Prez. “The economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everybody, an America that’s respected around the world because we’re putting forward our best values and out best ideals.”