President Obama's New York City fundraiser last night featuring hip-hop stars Beyoncé and Jay-Z featured "floor-to-ceiling gold bottles in the entire space," according to the New York Post. The paper calls it "a custom-designed tower of $800-per-bottle champagne that dominates the main room at Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub."
"The 350-bottle champagne tower — designed by Jeffrey Beers — is a monument to Jay-Z’s favorite bubbly, Armand de Brignac, which is known colloquially by rappers, clubgoers and connoisseurs as Ace of Spades because of its gold-spade label."
At the fundraiser, according to the official White House transcript of the event, President Obama heaped praise on the power couple, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
"Let me just begin by saying to Jay and Bey, thank you so much for your friendship. We are so grateful. Michelle and Malia and Sasha are mad at me because they are not here. (Laughter.) That doesn’t usually happen. Usually they’re like, we’re glad you’re going -- we don’t need to go. But every time they get a chance to see these two they are thrilled, partly because they are just both so generous, particularly to my kids. And Malia and Sasha just love both of them," said President Obama. "Beyoncé couldn’t be a better role model for our daughters because she carries herself with such class and poise -- (applause) -- and has so much talent."
President Obama complimented Jay-Z by comparing the hip-hop star to himself. "And Jay-Z now knows what my life is like. (Laughter.) We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are. (Laughter and applause.) So we’ve got a little bond there. (Laughter.) It’s hard, but it’s okay. It’s okay. (Laughter.)"