Speaking at a fundraiser at the New York home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, the president said the GOP plans to spend $500 million on ads playing up frustration and discouragement among Americans -- "and it's the fault of the guy in the White House. It's an elegant message, it happens to be wrong. But it's crisp. You can fit it on a bumper sticker."
Parker co-hosted the event with fashion designer Anna Wintour. Parker's husband, actor Matthew Broderick, was not on had because he "had a show," she said.
The guest list included actress Meryl Streep.
In his remarks the president repeated a theme he had employed during a speech in Cleveland, telling his audience the election in November presents American voters with "as fundamental a choice this time out than we have had in 30, 40 or 50 years."
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