10:30 am Sep. 19, 2012
President Obama did two things on a very quick swing through New York City last night: He addressed Mitt Romney's '47 percent' comments, and he raised a lot of money.
Appearing on "The Late Show" for the second time as president, Obama offered his first public reaction to Romney's remarks, saying he had pledged on election night in 2008 to work for the 47 percent of people who voted for John McCain.
"One of the things I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country," he told David Letterman. "And when I meet Republicans as I’m traveling around the country, they are hard working, family people, who care deeply about this country and my expectation is that if you want to be president you got to work for everybody, not just for some.”
“You don’t meet anybody who doesn’t believe in the American Dream and the fact that nobody’s entitled to success," he said, adding, "There are not a lot of people out there who think they’re victims. There are not a lot of people who think they’re entitled to something. What I think the majority of people, Democrats and Republicans, believe is that we’ve got some obligations to each other and there’s nothing wrong with us giving each other a helping hand.”
Later, Obama said people understand candidates make mistakes but "what I think people want to make sure of though is that you’re not writing off a big chunk of the country.”
After his stop at the Ed Sullivan Theater, Obama went to a family-friendly fund-raising reception at the Waldorf Astoria.
"Seven weeks from today, we’re going to be making a decision about the future of our country. And a lot of you brought your kids here today," said the president, right as a baby cried loudly.
"Yes, right on cue," he said to laughs, "and that is entirely appropriate because the decisions that we’re going to make in this election are going to have an impact not just on us, it’s going to have an impact on them and their kids for decades to come." The baby cried again.
After the Waldorf, he motored to the 40/40 Club in the Flatiron where was introduced to a crowd of about 100 people, each of whom had paid $40,000, except a lucky raffle winner, by Jay-Z and Beyonce.
The two stars kept their remarks brief, according to the pool report.
"I can't tell you how proud we are to host tonight's event with President Obama," Beyonce said. "We believe in his vision."
Obama thanked them for their friendship.
"Beyoncé couldn’t be a better role model for our daughters because she carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent," he said. "And Jay-Z now knows what my life is like. We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are. So we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard, but it’s okay."
On account of the rain, Obama traveled by motorcade, rather than helicopter, to JFK Airport and was gone by 10:30 pm, having raised about $5 million, and ensuring that Romney's comments would drag through at least one more news cycle.