Oprah hosts Obama fundraiser

first_imgBy Allison Hoffman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTECITO – Oprah Winfrey rolled out the red carpet Saturday for Barack Obama at a gala fundraiser attended by high-wattage stars that was expected to raise $3million for the Democratic presidential candidate. The most powerful woman in show business shared her favorite candidate with 1,500 guests at her estate in this coastal enclave south of Santa Barbara. Tickets to the sold-out private event went for $2,300 apiece, keeping them within campaign-finance limits. Stevie Wonder performed for guests, who included Sidney Poitier, Forest Whitaker, Chris Rock, Cindy Crawford, Jimmy Connors, Linda Evans and Dennis Haysbert. Earlier in the day, Obama made a quick, lunchtime stop at the Pacific at Santa Barbara City College. It was his only public appearance of the day. Obama, wearing his usual white shirt open at the collar and sleeves rolled up, shook his way down a line of outstretched hands as the song “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” blared from speakers. He spoke for about 20 minutes, hitting his core themes of optimism and accountability. Then it was off to a private luncheon and on to Winfrey’s cocktail-hour shindig. Winfrey is a well-known fan of Obama, calling him “my favorite guy” and “my choice” on CNN’s “Larry King Live” last year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more