Obama to Hollywood Celebs: ‘You Are the Tie Breaker’
(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama on Monday told gathering of wealthy donors – many from Hollywood -- “you guys are the tie-breaker” in the upcoming presidential election. “You and the American people,” he added.
Obama made the comment at a fundraiser in upscale Westport, Conn., just hours after he accused Romney of being “Robin Hood in reverse” at another fundraiser in Stamford, Conn. Dubbing the former Massachusetts governor “Romney Hood,” Obama said Romney wants to take from the middle class and give to the rich.
The Westport fund-raiser was held in the home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Actress Anne Hathaway was seated closest to Obama at his table. Screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin, whose NBC show “West Wing” was about a Democratic president, was also in attendance as well as talk show host Jerry Springer and actress Joanne Woodward, according to the White House press pool reporter.
Obama paid tribute to the stars in the audience.
“I want to thank Anne Hathaway for taking the time to host us. She's spectacular,” Obama said, according to the official White House transcript. “And I did get a chance to see Batman and she was the best thing in it. That's just my personal opinion. Aaron Sorkin -- who writes the way every Democrat in Washington wished they spoke. Aaron, thank you.”
Obama said that after inheriting a bad economy, he has put the country back on the right course. He framed the upcoming election as a choice between moving the country forward or backward.
“We're just -- we've gotten on track, but these gains are reversible,” Obama said. “And you've got the other party and the other candidate who don’t just want to reverse the gains that we’ve made over the last three and a half years, but in many ways, want to reverse gains we’ve made over the last 40 or 50 or 60 years.”
While he did not give many specifics, Obama did say, “When Mitt Romney says he wants to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood I think he means it. When he says that Arizona is a model for how we should deal with immigration, I think that fundamentally misunderstands that we're a nation of laws but also a nation of immigrants.”
Obama told the wealthy donors, “When you cast your ballot, you will have the opportunity to determine the course of this country's direction -- not just tomorrow, or next year, or five years from now, but probably for decades to come.”
The two fund-raisers in Connecticut on Monday were expected to raise at least $2.5 million for Obama's campaign, which trails that of Mitt Romney in donations.
Romney on Monday reported a July fundraising total of more than $101 million (along with the Republican National Committee), compared with the $75 million reported by Obama’s campaign in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee.
It was the third straight month that the Romney campaign has out-raised the Obama campaign.
As Obama told the fundraiser in Stamford, "Over the course of the next three months, the other side is going to spend more money than we have ever seen on ads that basically say the same thing you've been hearing for the past three months." Obama then summarized the Republican argument as "the economy is not where it needs to be and it's Obama's fault."
(The Associated Press contributed some of the information used in this report.)