Actor Gwyneth Paltrow swooned just a bit when she welcomed President Barack Obama to her Los Angeles home Thursday for a Democratic fundraiser.
“I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest,” Paltrow gushed as she spoke to him in front of the crowd in her backyard, where guests were seated on white folding chairs.
Paltrow told the crowd gathered in her backyard why she supports Obama and his policies, saying at one point she backs his push for equal pay, which she called “very important to me as a working mother.”
Obama, who emarked on a three-day fundraising trip on the west coast Thursday, headlined a reception and dinner at Paltrow’s Brentwood home. Tickets for the reception, attended by 200, started at $1,000 and the dinner, attended by 50, started at $15,000.
Spotted in the crowd: Actors Julia Roberts and Bradley Whitford.
Paltow, who was joined by her children Apple and Moses, turned the microphone over to Obama by saying, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”
Obama has focused on raising money this campaign season, bringing in millions of dollars to help vulnerable Democratic candidates in November’s midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.
He has headlined more than 400 fundraisers since he took office, 89 of them this election cycle, as he fights to keep his agenda and legacy intact by maintaining Democratic control of at least one chamber of Congress.
“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass,” Paltrow said.
Obama gave his standard fundraiser speech, speaking of America’s greatness in the world, despite an unsettling time as well improvements in the economy.
“Most of the gains in our economy go to the folks who are in this lovely yard—and the average person has not seen their wages or incomes go up in the last 20 years,” he said.
Obama finished by making his pitch: “I hope that in these midterms you feel a sense of urgency about this—and I’m talking to you, Democrats.”