President Obama took time out from a fundraiser Tuesday to praise his hosts, Beyonce and Jay-Z, at the 40/40 club in New York City.
“Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls,” he said, according to a pool report. He added that he and Jay-Z have a lot in common.
“We both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are. So, you know, we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard but it’s okay.”
It was a more subdued speech than what some may have expected at such a glitzy affair, according to the pool report. Obama hit many of the same themes from his standard stump speech, saying he wanted to make sure that, “here in America, you can make it if you work hard.”
But he also added some new points, including about riding a fine line between confidence in his prospects and instilling urgency in such a close election.
“I don’t want people to be complacent, but I don’t want people to be discouraged,” he said. “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. The economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everbody, an America that’s respected around the world, because we’re putting forward our best values and our best ideals.”
He also made a rare, veiled reference to his being the first African-American president of the United States.
“We’ve made history in the past,” he said, “and we’re going to make history in the next seven weeks.”
About 100 people attended the $40,000-per-head event at the club owned by Jay-Z. Attendees dressed in suits and dresses lounged on sofas in a large, dark glassy room, the pool reporter said. Finger food, including sliders, and wine and champagne dotted small tables in front of them.
Beyonce, wearing a red cocktail dress, was brief in her introduction of the president.
“I can’t tell you how proud we are to host tonight’s event with President Obama,” she said. “We believe in his vision.”
Obama, taking the stage said, “To J and B, thank you so much for your friendship,” and said the rest of the Obama family was jealous.
“Michelle, Sasha and Malia are mad at me because they aren’t here,” he said.
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