Obama Holds Campaign Fundraising Dinner At Gotham Bar and Grill

NEW YORK  (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Barack Obama was in New York City Wednesday attending three fundraisers to raise money for his re-election bid.

The fundraisers included one at Gotham Bar and Grill, located in Greenwich Village, which went for $35,800 per head.  Obama also attended a fundraiser at the home of businessman Jack Rosen, chairman of the American Jewish Congress, where tickets went for at least $10,000, and another event at the Sheraton Hotel, where tickets began at $1,000.

The money will be split between the Democratic National Committee and the Obama re-election campaign.

Some big names were among 45 supporters attending the president’s campaign fundraising dinner Wednesday night at Gotham Bar and Grill.

However, despite earlier reports, people with the Obama campaign said Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld and Susan Sarandon did not attend the fundraiser.

On the menu? Roasted beet salad, steak and onion rings, with apple strudel, chocolate pecan pie and cinnamon ice cream for dessert. In honor of the visit by President Obama, the restaurant’s chef said the menu was designed to “shine a little light” on American farms.

The president made his way to New York City after a trip to swing-state Pennsylvania earlier Wednesday.

His goals for the one-day trip were apparently two-fold. His visit to Scranton, Penn., was a move to press his case for a bigger temporary payroll tax cut that will boost paychecks.

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  • steve

    Obama’s new campaign slogan is going to be “Change – doesn’t happen overnight”. Well, no one expected overnight, but you had four years and made things worse. NEXT!

    • Michael H.

      He’s only been in office for 3 years. learn to count.

      • steve

        3/4 50/57 no biggie, right. and now that he is in full campaign mode, another year won’t make a difference. Why does he need to campaign, can’t he just run on his record? You do realize the new campaign slogan is basically admitting failure – admitting he didn’t live up to his 2008 campaign promises.


    Obama is a total a-hole.

  • Robert

    Why would anyone contribute anything to this President, who is without doubt; The WORST President in modern times?

    • Linda

      You’ve got to be kidding me! LOL @ YOU… Let me guess… You love Bush…. What a “genius” he was! Sadly President Obama inherited the country at a very difficult time and impatient Americans expect him to make everything all better overnight! He’s a human being with many against everything he does, which makes it difficult to make the changes that the country needs!

  • How

    I wonder why the OWS crowd is not protesting at the fundraiser. Obviously the 1% are the only ones who can afford to attend. Oh maybe its because no one is paying them to be there. Follow the money

    • Michael H.

      OWS marched to and protested at the fundraiser. There goes your argument right out the door.

  • jme

    never liked Sarandon, always liked Seinfeld until now. Obama is an awful President.

    • Hank Corzine

      I disagree. Barack Obama is the best President of the 20th and 21th centuries, and he will be re-elected in the fall of 2012.

      • siu nam chan

        I would really like to know this comment is base on what category?

      • Robert

        That because you have your head up your ass, you liberal idiot!

  • Rick

    I wonder if Susan Sarandon offered to take any of the OWS protesters to Obams’s $35,800 dinner. After all she was there to offer her support for the”99 %”.Then again she was a big supporter of John Edwards at one time. She just can’t find the right cause to rally around. Keep trying Sue.

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