“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass,” Paltrow said of the President. The Oscar winning actress then acted like a love-struck schoolgirl, openly flirting with the President. ”I'll shut up now and just say welcome; and you're so handsome that I can't speak properly,” she said.
In her comments, discussed the importance of equal pay for women, saying the issue is “very important to me as a working mother.” Paltrow’s idea of “equal pay” may be a bit skewed, as she personally earned $19 million this year alone, and has a personal net worth of over $60 million.
Attendees at the event were hardly typical “working mothers,” as tickets just for the cocktail reception and President Obama’s remarks started at $1,000. 200 people attended the reception, while 50 individuals paid an additional $15,000 to have dinner with the President afterward. Among the attendees at the event were Julia Roberts and actor Bradley Whitford.
President Obama had recently held other fundraisers in Hollywood, including one at the home of Fox Entertainment CEO Jim Gianopulos. In July, President Obama held a fundraiser at the home of Scandal creator Shonda Rimes, just a few months after the President appointed her to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees.