“We raised a lot of money because everybody loves George. They like me, they love him. And rightfully so,” said Barack Obama on Thursday night while hanging out in George Clooney’s backyard, while dozens of Hollywood A-listers watched. They each paid at least $40,000 to attend.
Even if there were murmurings that Tinseltown was tired of Obama, this past week’s announcement in support of gay marriage means that Obama was able to triumphantly walk down the red carpet. “We have Iron Man, Spider-Man and Batman in the room,” Clooney joked. “We should let the Secret Service take the night off.” Check out some of the other stars who helped Obama rake in a cool $15 million in one night.
Robert Downey Jr. may play a billionaire arms dealer superhero fighting America’s wars in The Avengers and the Iron Man movies, but in real life he’s just donating to the president.
Salma Hayek can afford it. Her husband, Francois Henri-Pinault (pictured), is the billionaire chairman of PPR, the French luxury conglomerate.
Jack Black was also there. In the recently release movie, Bernie, he plays a closeted gay Texan who ends up killing his elderly, wealthy female patron.
Eddie Murphy showed up at the event. He did not provide the music, but this video is still awesome.
And of course, what would a Hollywood fundraiser for a sitting Democratic President be without Barbara Streisand?