From the New York Daily News:
An A-list crowd — Beyoncé and her mother Tina Knowles, “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg, Star Jones, actors Ben Stiller, Angela Bassett and Alfre Woodard, and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his fashion designer wife — turned out for the Obama cash bash. The fund-raiser was hosted by Robert De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower, at Locanda Verde, the restaurant in his Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca.
Speaking to the starry crowd of about 85 people, De Niro opened the night by deadpanning: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”
The crowd roared and one person yelled, “No!”
“Too soon, right?” De Niro added.
Hightower credited the President with battling “dissenting voices” and “vampire energies” — shots at his political enemies — and described the First Lady as “a stunner.”
“Even Republicans can agree with that,” she said.