An invitation says simply “Please join President Obama for a discussion and reception with supporters like you in Washington, DC.”
Turns out, “like you” appears to be Jewish.
The campaign fundraiser at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC, Monday was intended to be a “Jewish Constituency Focused” event, according to a Democratic announcement obtained by POLITICO.
“An Afternoon with Jewish Leaders and President Barack Obama” included a “Roundtable Campaign Discussion” followed by a “Campaign Conversation with the President” and finally, “Appetizers and Cocktails.”
The White House and the Obama campaign both were tight-lipped about the event, releasing only basic attendance figures and ticket price — some 25 supporters paid $35,800 each to attend, for a total haul of $825,000.
The campaign did not respond to an email seeking more information.
Reporters assigned to cover the president were not allowed to attend the event or listen to Obama’s remarks. Instead, they were kept in a room nearby from 4:34 p.m., when the president arrived, until 6:02 p.m. when he left, according to a pool report.
The one observation the pool had: DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of FL was seen leaving hotel.