By Rob Markman
Entertainment Weekly confirmed Tuesday (September 11) that Hov and wife Beyoncé will host a fundraiser for President Obama at the rapper’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan next Tuesday. The president will be in attendance at the 100-guest event, with ticket prices hitting $40,000 per guest. Reportedly, it will be Obama’s last fundraising event in New York City before the November 6 election.
Jay has long backed Obama and even rapped about him on several occasions, most notably on Young Jeezy’s “My President” remix and on his 2009 single “On to the Next One,” on which Hova bragged that he had “Obama on the text.”
On September 1, during his Made in America music festival performance in Philadelphia, Jay rolled out a special message from the POTUS on the big screen as tens of thousands of fans cheered on. “To me, the idea of America is that no matter who you are, what you look like or where you come from, you can make it if you try. Jay-Z did it,” the Prez said in the pre-taped message. “He didn’t come from power or privilege. He got ahead because he worked hard, learned from his mistakes and just plain refused to quit. That’s what ‘made in America’ means.”
In July, Beyoncé released a video showcasing her continued support for first lady Michelle Obama and her husband. “Michelle is the ultimate example of a truly strong African-American,” Beyoncé said in the clip. “She is a caring mother, she’s a loving wife, while at the same time she is the first lady!”