June 14th, 2012
10:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Aretha Franklin dishes on Obama fund-raiser

(CNN) - Legendary singer Aretha Franklin gave details Thursday night on the celebrity-studded fund-raiser held for the president at actress Sarah Jessica Parker's Manhattan home.

Franklin especially elaborated on the fashion at the event, namely the outfits donned by Parker and her co-host Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine.

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"Certainly Ms. Wintour was dressed very appropriately for the weather–a very cool and very smart two piece that was accented with a red beading," Franklin told reporters. "And I love Ms. Parker’s French roll, it was...really slick and smooth. She was very gracious, very gracious."

As for President Barack Obama, Franklin, who sang at his inauguration, said she was a "big fan" of the president but said she left before he began speaking.

"He wasn’t talking, he was just taking pictures when I went in," she said.

She later added: "I really believe in him, I think that he is very concerned about all people, and uh, that I like. Yeah. A lot of hard work to do, but he’s working – they’re working."

At $40,000 a ticket, other stars spotted at the event included actress Meryl Streep, television executive Andy Cohen, designer Michael Kors and actress Olivia Wilde, according to pool reports.

Franklin described the mood as "casual," but added she was particularly interested in watching the cooks in the kitchen.

"I like to see how cooks cook for a lot of people and on a grand scale," she said, admitting, however, she had to rush out before tasting the meal and dart to a meeting with famed music producer and executive Clive Davis.

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • New York • President Obama
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. rla

    Obama and the 1% Please give me a break if you thing he believes in helping the middle class!

    June 14, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. Lionel

    Thank you Aretha. The president is going to need a lot of help considering billionaire casino owner just donated $10 million to Romney.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    June 14, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Go Mr. President, build that war chest!

    June 14, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. Gurgyl


    June 15, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |