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Pool report by Lesley Clark, McClatchy...

Subject: pool report -- sarah jessica parker fundraiser

Pool report sjp house

News: Obama used a new reference to Republican attacks, saying they'd spend $500 million on ads, saying Americans were frustrated and discouraged and "it's the fault of the guy in the WH. It's an elegant message, it happens to be wrong. But it's crisp. You can fit it on a bumper sticker."

The pool was led in as SJP in an elegant updo, was talking about the "unstoppable" Anna Wintour. SJP called FLOTUS "our radiant and extraordinary first lady" and said she had been doing "amazingly important things these last 4 years."

She introduced Obama and said they gathered "hopefully, with enormous enthusiasm." She gave him a hug and kiss.

POTUS noted that Broderick wasn't there, "Matthew had a show," he said. He said that the couple had "been great friends" and said WIntour too was "been just a great friend. She is working hard in NY and Chiicago," he said.

He self deprecatingly called himself the 5th or 6th in the "hierarchy in the WH," behind FLOTUS, the girls, Bo and his mother in law. And joked it was the couple's "date night."

FLOTUS sat next to SJP, who was in a black lace dress (or top and skirt, couldn't tell) and FLOTUS sat across from Bravo's Andy Cohen. Other celebs spotted: Meryl Streep and designer Michael Kors, who sat next to Wintour. She was at the far end of the table.

"We've got as fundamental a choice this time out than wee have had in 30, 40 or 50 years,, what we are going to have to do is present very clearly to the American people that choice," he said.

At the end, as the pool was ushered out, Wintour got up and the president said "Anna is going to moderate to make sure I don't call on the wrong person."

He gave a standard stump speech and said the economy was recovering because of American grit.

"Because of their resilence, we've begun to come back," he said.

He ticked off his accomplishments in health care and said he was committed to investing in science and technology.

"That's why I'm running for a second term, because our work is not yet done."

After he said that "GM is now back on top," SJP's young son began clapping.

"He wanted to fire up the crowd," POTUS said.

"He knows an applause line," Cohen said, roaring. "Right on cue!"

The guests sat at two long tables in two long rooms w dividing doors open. There was ample art on the wall, and a floor to ceiling bookshelves and two large marble fireplaces. The mantels on the fireplaces were covered in flowers, as were the tables, which were also decorated with votives.

There were many attractive people seated at the tables, but your pooler sadly did not recognize them and there were no photos allowed.

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