SAN FRANCISCO -- After talking policy Wednesday afternoon in Silicon Valley, President Barack Obama's evening was all about politics as he raised millions for his 2012 re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
First was an exclusive fundraising dinner at the Presidio Heights home of billionaire Salesforce.com chairman and chief executive Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne. At $35,800 per person, it probably was the most expensive dinner that most of these 60 very well-heeled attendees have ever consumed.
Stevie Wonder entertained the crowd. His final song was a new one composed for the occasion, titled "Ten Billion Hearts," about joining together to heal the world. The president
was seated at Benioff's table, and Wonder sat at Obama's side as Benioff introduced the president, saying that in a time of many crises, "We have the right person to lead us here." Recording artist Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas was seated at the president's table, as well.