London: George Clooney helped raise a record 15 million dollars for President Barack Obama by hosting a fundraising event at his Los Angeles mansion. Barbra Streisand, and actors Robert Downey Jr, Tobey Maguire, Jack Black and Salma Hayek were among the 150 guests at the event, a leading daily has reported.
Hollywood’s elites, who each paid 40,000 dollars to attend, arrived in fleets of Bentleys and Porshces. They sat at 14 round tables laid out under white paper lanterns in a tent with a transparent roof.
The tent was erected on a basketball court at Clooney’s Mock Tudor home in a leafy hillside enclave in Los Angeles. Obama was applauded as he spoke about his decision to endorse gay marriage earlier this week.
“Obviously yesterday we made some news. But the truth is it was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be. Are we a country that includes everybody? “Does that make us stronger? I believe it does,” he said.