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CELEBRATING THE NIGHT: Harvey Weinstein stood with an eye to the screens, willing to crunch numbers with anyone present at the election party at Public House he hosted with Georgette Mosbacher, Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive and GQ editor in chief Jim Nelson. “The first thing Obama will do is restore the world’s confidence and rebuild our country,” he said, reminiscing about the Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen concert he helped put together for Obama. “He’s a good man,” Weinstein said of Obama, before the race was called. “Let’s pray that it’s all over.” He then added, “The last two of these I threw, we lost.”
“I think this is a safe space for Republicans,” said Leive, having just been photographed with Mosbacher. In the Sunday Styles story on the party, Leive had been the only party host listed as undeclared. “I personally don’t see any benefit in [broadcasting views.] Who gives a s--t what my political leanings are? I’m editing a magazine for all women.”
She said normally Glamour has to convince politicians that it’s a serious magazine deserving of their granting access. “It’s usually a hard sell, but this time, no matter who you were, you understood that women mattered in this race.”
Meanwhile, downtown at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, the art world was anxiously awaiting to hear the country’s fate. The gallerist (who despite his British citizenry hosted an Obama fund-raiser earlier in the year) had divided his Greenwich Street space into a blue-carpeted Democrat side — complete with a flat-screen broadcasting CNN — and a red-rugged Republican side tuned to Fox News. (Needless to say, his decidedly partisan guests crowded onto the Dem side).
As painter Elizabeth Peyton handed out Obama pins, guests including Cecily Brown, Yvonne Force Villareal, Cynthia Rowley and a late-arriving Mary-Kate Olsen sipped beer and chowed on the veggie burgers and chili made from the official Obama family recipe.
As for all the balloons tethered near the ceiling? “Only if he wins!” crowed Brown. Lucky for him, they didn’t go to waste.
All in all, there was probably only one disappointed guest: a young child who asked her dad, “When is Barack Obama coming?” — Elisa Lipsky-Karasz and Irin Carmon