Over the weekend, President Obama
joined Tyler Perry
at his film and TV studio in Atlanta, GA for two fundraisers geared towards Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The first event, held at 5pm, was a gala sponsored by the African American Leadership Council,
which featured a performance by Cee Lo Green
. Reportedly, Cee-Lo got a bit candid, and asked
“Can I curse in here?”
Then he flipped the crowd the bird and yelped
Fortunately, though, he stuck to the clean version of his song, when he performed ”Forget You.” Later on, President Obama spoke, focusing on the main points of his campaign: healthcare and increasing taxes on the wealthy. Of course, he had time to include a few jokes in his speech. At one point he said, “Tyler can afford to do a little more, he knows that.” According to a spokesperson, there were about 1,000 people in the audience. Obviously this was not your average fundraiser (or maybe it is, our invitation usually gets lost in the mail). To attend the gala, guests paid $500-2,500. And pictures with Mr. President costed a whopping $10,000!
The second fundraiser of the night, which began at 8pm, was an elite dinner at Tyler Perry’s Buckhead Mansion.
There were reportedly 40 people in attendance, one including Perry’s good friend, Oprah Winfrey
. Diners paid $35,800 per ticket
. The money earned from both fundraising events will be split between President Barack Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Check out footage of Tyler Perry welcoming Obama to his Southwest Atlanta studio: