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04.24.2014
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Anna Wintour's Dinner for Barack Obama... Up Close at Newsweek...

Anna Wintour is opening her home to President Barack Obama for a fund-raiser tonight.

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MY DINNER WITH BARACK: Anna Wintour isn’t quite adding restaurateur to her résumé like many of her editorial peers, but she will be hosting the hottest table in town tonight — the Vogue editor in chief is opening her Sullivan Street home to President Barack Obama for a fund-raiser to benefit the Democratic National Committee (clearly showing Wintour isn’t just a friend during presidential campaign times). Obama, who will tape an appearance on “The View” earlier in the day, will decompress among what’s rumored to be a small crowd of donors including longtime fashion liberals Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. The get-together is a bookend of sorts to the June 2008 party Wintour co-hosted with Klein, André Leon Talley and Shelby Bryan. Michelle Obama — still at the time only a potential first lady — was the guest of honor at that event, where the fashion crowd shelled out $1,000 or $2,300 a ticket for a reception at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. gallery in Chelsea. About 70 of the truly devoted, including Nicole Miller, Isaac Mizrahi and LeBron James, then spent $10,000 for a private dinner at Klein’s house. The guest list for this go-round seems a bit more guarded, perhaps a sign of the President’s lagging approval ratings (down to 48 percent according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll Tuesday) or maybe just a nod to the entry fee, which the Washington Post pegged at $30,000 a head. So will this stir yet another round of rumors of an ambassadorship for Anna? — Matthew Lynch

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