First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance at a Los Angeles fundraiser on over the weekend, imploring those in attendance to throw their full support behind President Obama’s re-election campaign while saying her husband is not a “superhero.”
At the event hosted at the home of No Doubt front woman Gwen Stefani, the “Sunday of Fun” occasion was meant for supporters to bring their entire family including children. And it was a prime place for Mrs. Obama to make her case.
“Barack can’t do it alone,” the First Lady told some 400 guests. “He’s not Spider-Man. He’s not a superhero. He’s a human, so we need your help, I am not just talking to the adults here today. I am talking to all the young people here as well. All of our young people, you might not be old enough to vote. You vote at school, I know, I met several young people who are going to be voting for my husband, who are 10 and under, we accept those votes.”
Tickets for the event were priced at $2,500 per family, with a number of activities aimed at children, including face painting and animal balloons. The rest of Stefani’s No Doubt bandmates, as well as celebrities such as Alyson Hannigan and Jeffrey Tambor showed up in support of the president. Nicole Richie made an appearance along with husband Joel Madden and their two kids.
“I want to thank all of you for your support and for taking the time to be here today. And I particularly want to recognize all of the young people who are here with us.” Obama went on to say. “Because the truth is that you all are the reason we’re here today. And you are the reason why I do what I do every single day.”
She went on to a second fundraising reception later that day, hosted by Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer, which was also said to have sold out. Despite a number of successful fundraising events recently, Obama’s campaign is still being outraised by rival Mitt Romney’s efforts.
“This is not a spectator sport. Barack cannot do this alone,” Mrs. Obama said on Sunday. “That was never a promise.”