Nearly 90 guests paid $10,000 per couple to attend a fundraiser to benefit President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in the Georgetown home of Senator John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry Monday night, according to a media report distributed by the White House.
The event, hosted in the garden of the Kerry's O Street home, featured a 27-minute speech by Vice President Joe Biden, according to the report.
Kerry introduced the vice president, using Biden's own words to describe the president's first term: “Osama bin Laden is dead. General Motors is alive.”
During his speech, Biden thanked guests, saying the importance of their fundraising efforts could not be over-stated. According to the report:
“We’re not going to be able to compete in terms of the super PAC money,” through which he estimates the Republicans raising between $200 and $800 million. “The truth of the matter is we can’t match it,” he said, but raising money the “old-fashioned” way will counter what he predicts will be a “barrage of negative ads that will inundate the airwaves that you have never ever seen in any of your careers.”
Biden also told guests that he is optimistic about the upcoming election because, in his opinion, the Republicans are "not hiding their viewpoints" about their disdain for programs, like Pell Grants, that many middle class Americans like, according to the report.
“These guys don’t have a sense of the average folks out there,” he said. “They don’t know what it means to be middle class."
The menu featured char-grilled grass-fed New York strip steaks and white truffle mashed potatoes.
Hosts included former Massachusetts Senator Paul Kirk and Ken Feinberg, both with strong connections to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Other notable guests included several former ambassadors: Elizabeth Bagley, Matthew Barzun and Steven Green, among others.