Real first lady joined by fake presidents to raise money for Obama

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Michelle Obama will be the star at a fund-raiser in Manhattan next week, backed by an ensemble cast of actors who have, at one time or another, portrayed the president.

The event is being held at 593 Park Avenue on October 17 and it includes a performance of some sort featuring expected guests Geena Davis, Cherry Jones, James Earl Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Sam Waterston, Blair Underwood, Sam Waterston and Sigourney Weaver, to be directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. 

Tickets start at $500 and go up to $5,000 for a photo-op, according to a listing for the event on the Obama campaign's website.

The fund-raiser comes one day after the president himself will be participating in his second debate, at Hofstra University on Long Island, with supporters hoping for a better performance than the listless one he gave last week.

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The campaign is using the debate as a fund-raising opportunity, with the first lady also appearing at a lunch event on Long Island earlier in the day.

The Obama campaign posted an eye-popping $181 million haul in September, easily the best month for either candidate this cycle.

The Romney campaign, which has yet to post its own September totals, is making one last push to raise money here too, with Paul Ryan making his sole fund-raising trip to the city on Monday.