'Nice Weather' Making Obama a 'Little Nervous'
10:41 PM, Mar 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a posh fundraiser in Atlanta, where 40 guests each paid $35,800 to attend, President Obama talked about . . . the weather. As today's White House pool reporter notes:
The president was presumably referring to global warming.
This fundraiser was at the home of Tyler Perry. Here's how the pooler describes the home:
"[It's] a vast French –chateau style mansion reached by a steep winding road deep into the woods away from the road in a well heeled suburb of Atlanta. A fountain sits in the courtyard lit up by white lights under the water.
"The three story home complete with wooden shutters, that would have looked at home in the Loire Valley, was reached by a wide marble staircase leading up to the front door, inside which was a large crystal chandelier. The pool spotted a cozy looking library with antique volumes on the shelves as we were taken up two flights of stairs into a games room area, complete with a pub-style bar, pool table, antique chess set and large antique telescope."
Upon entering the room, the president said, “Usually we have better accommodation for events but we decided to slum it here.”
Obama made special note of guest Oprah Winfrey. "[M]y good friend Oprah," the president reportedly said, "who very early on when I was still running, just decided that she would support this guy with a name that nobody could pronounce. And just like books, skin cream, when Oprah decides she likes it then other people like it too and she has continued to be not just a friend but somebody who Michelle and I seek out in thinking about not just day to day issues… but trying to keep our focus on the big picture. What she has done for so many people not just in America but around the world is extraordinary, so I just want to thank you."
It was the fifth fundraiser of the day. "We are starting to gear up, starting to get back into that campaign mode and it makes you reflect on the journey we have traveled so far over the last three years," Obama reportedly said.
After leaving Washington this morning, the president went to Chicago before heading to his final stop, Atlanta. He's scheduled to return to the White House later tonight.