For some people, last night’s Obama fundraiser hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker was a success. But for others, it was a big ol’ mess.
According to BuzzFeed Shift, several streets were shut down to make way for Barack and Michelle‘s ride, and protestors and fans lined up on the sidewalks to catch a glimpse. The protestors held signs opposing the fundraiser (tickets cost a whopping $40,000 per head), while fans cheered and waved. Neighbors were also pissed that their ‘hood was inaccessible and that they couldn’t go into their homes.
Fifty guests dropped by SJP’s crib, including Anna Wintour (who may or may not have had a hand in Parker’s house cleaning), Lisa Love, Georgina Chapman, Solange Knowles, Michael Kors, Chanel Iman, and Meryl Streep. Winner of the online contest Robin Hunt was also in attendance, and she brought her mom Elvita. Interestingly, Parker’s hubby Matthew Broderick was reportedly MIA because he was performing on his Broadway show Nice Work If You Can Get It. Yeah, we get that the show must go on, but how can you pass up an opportunity to hang with the Obamas in your own home?! That’s just crazy.
Anyway, guests hung out, did things, and listened to Barack‘s speech. We assume they also gazed lovingly at Michelle, because we sure would. The New York Daily News reports that Barack talked about the recovering economy, said that General Motors is doing well, and noted the differences between himself and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. We wonder if he mentioned this t-shirt of him Tebowing? WWD points out that the speech was “fairly standard”, but Parker’s son James Wilkie liked it and “clapped enthusiastically” when Obama mentioned GM.
The event drew to a close around 9 p.m., and the Obamas peaced out to another fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel.
Here’s a visual breakdown of the night:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.