President Barack Obama raised just shy of $15 million on Thursday (10 June) at a star-studded dinner at actor George Clooney’s Los Angeles home.
At the event, Obama made his first public remarks about his public endorsement of gay marriage since his original comments in an interview with ABC News.
‘Yesterday, we made some news,’ Obama reminded the crowd. ‘But the truth is it was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be. It grew directly out of this difference in visions. Are we a country that includes everybody and gives everybody a shot and treats everybody fairly, and is that going to make us stronger? Are we welcoming to immigrants? Are we welcoming to people who aren’t like us? Does that make us stronger? I believe it does. So that’s what’s at stake.’
The fundraiser was attended by such Hollywood heavy-hitters as Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey Jr., Jeffrey Katzenberg, Barry Diller, and Billy Crystal and cost $40,000 a plate.
According to Variety, $6 million was raised at the event itself and an additional $9 million or so from an online contest where supporters donated small amounts in order to enter a contest to attend the event.
Katzenberg introduced Obama and spoke about what was on everybody’s mind: Obama’s historic endorsement of gay marriage.
"Yesterday, he did the right thing yet again.’