President Obama spoke at three campaign fundraisers in New York City Monday night where he was joined by former President Bill Clinton including one on Broadway.
Former President Clinton said Obama should be re-elected because "the alternative would be, in my opinion, calamitous for our country and the world." "You got to have the right captain of the ship," he added. "And I am depending on you to take care of future generations by making sure that that captain is President Barack Obama."
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi, a supporter of the President, performed at the fundraising gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Bon Jovi hosted a fundraiser for then-Sen. Obama at his home in 2008 and also played at one of his pre-inauguration events. He currently serves on the White House Council on Community Solutions, which promotes volunteerism and community building.
The Presidents began their joint fundraising appearances Monday at a home of hedge fund executive Mark Lasry followed by the fundraising gala. The evening wrapped up with the stars of Broadway out in full force at a "Broadway for Barack" concert at the New Amsterdam Theater, located near Times Square. Stars such as James Earl Jones, Stockard Channing, Neil Patrick Harris, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin performed.
The President returns to New York City later this month for another star-studded-fundraiser. Sarah Jessica Parker will host a dinner for the President along with Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue.
Parker appears in a new ad by the Obama Campaign to get out the youth vote. The ad will air during the MTV Movie Awards. Wintour also taped an ad for the President's campaign in which she invites people to a "New York Night" and tells them "not to be late".
Last month, Hollywood came out to support the President at a campaign fundraiser last month at the home of George Clooney in California.
Monday morning, the Obama campaign released a new TV ad, "We're Heard It All Before" on Mitt Romney's economic record while he was governor of Massachusetts. The Republican National Committee also released a new video Monday, "Meanwhile" which focuses on the release of the new Obama fundraising video with Wintour on the same day as a "dismal" jobs report.