Pissed that we're in the midst of an unauthorized war in Libya? Upset that Guantanamo Bay is still open? Think that health care legislation last year was watered down? You can tell President Obama yourself at a series of fundraisers that he's holding in Manhattan on Thursday, but it won't be cheap. A dinner at four-star Upper East Side restaurant Daniel will cost you $35,800 a plate, while tickets to the LGBT Leadership Gala start at $1,250, but a performance of Sister Act to benefit the campaign with the president in attendance is a steal at $250 (you could also spring for the $10,000 VIP seats that include a photo).
By the time he leaves Manhattan, Obama, who is attempting to hit the historical $1 billion mark for his campaign war chest, will have held 32 fundraisers since announcing his reelection campaign this year. In contrast, President Bush had only three at this point in his first term. Given Obama has been looking for ways to change his official position of gay marriage (he has said that he believes "marriage is between a man and a woman"), what better venue to do so than New York City just as the state legislature is poised to pass a marriage equality act?