President Obama rubbed shoulders with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars at a Democratic fundraiser Thursday night, but host and Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow appeared to be the most starstruck.
“I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest,” Paltrow gushed to the president, before telling him, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”
Paltrow said she admired the president for his efforts on sustainable energy, as well as his push for equal pay legislation, which she deemed “very important to me as a working mother.”
Thursday evening’s event was not short on star power. Hollywood superstars Julia Roberts and Bradley Whitford were among the approximately 200 guests who shelled out to attend the fundraiser, which benefitted the Democratic National Committee. Tickets for just the reception began at $1,000, while access to the dinner started at $15,000.
Obama played to the celebrity crowd, tailoring his standard fundraising speech to incorporate Paltrow’s children while discussing the Ebola crisis.
“I want to assure everybody that the likelihood of an epidemic here in the United States is extraordinarily small, but there’s a humanitarian crisis that’s happening right now in West Africa where children not much older, and in some cases younger than, Apple and Moses are dying on the streets alone,” Obama said.
The president also noted that although the economy was improving, most of the gains had gone to “to the folks who are in this lovely yard.”
“The average person has not seen their wages or incomes go up in the last 20 years,” he said.
President Obama will continue his fundraising jaunt with another event benefitting the DNC Friday morning in Los Angeles. He’ll attend a second fundraiser later in the day in San Francisco.