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Harvey Weinstein on Obama: 'The Paul Newman of American Presidents'

8:20 AM, Aug 7, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein last night hosted a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his Westport, Conn. home. He had nothing but praise for Obama.

"You can make the case that a he's the Paul Newman of American presidents," Weinstein said of Obama while introducing him to other high-dollar Democratic donors.

"Leading with your heart is the utmost for this president," Weinstein also said, according to the pool report. "Fighting for Planned Parenthood and protecting women's rights, this president has fought the good fight. ... Recently in Aurora, we saw him put his arms around the people that needed him the most."

According to the pool report, Obama then spoke, and thanked his celebrity donors:

Mr. Obama then took the microphone, praising some of his celebrity guests. He said of Ms. Hathaway, "She's spectacular. I got a chance to see "Batman," and she was the best thing in it. That's just my personal opinion."
She beamed and laughed.
Of Mr. Sorkin, the president said he "writes the way every Democrat in Washington wished they spoke."
"We've spent three and a half years trying to make sure this country gets back on its feet," Mr. Obama said. "We have a lot of work to do, and we're not done. These gains are reversible. On a whole host of issues, you guys are the tiebreakers."

The pooler adds a little color:

Each table had a low centerpiece of what looked like pale pink Dahlias. Seated at the table closest to Mr. Obama was Anne Hathaway, wearing a silver dress with puffed sleeves gathered from the elbow to the shoulder, and a tight bodice. Also spotted in the audience were Aaron Sorkin, seated next to Anna Wintour, whose signature sunglasses rested on the table in front of her. Also present were Joanne Woodward and Jerry Springer. Gov. Malloy was again present.

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