Obama restricts opulent fundraisers to pen and pad for reporters – no cameras and no mics

PJ Tatler picked up on this interesting tweet from Mark Knoller yesterday:

It was certainly a curious move by the Obama campaign until the headlines broke today:

Weekly Standard: Obama Fundraiser Features ‘Floor-to-Ceiling Gold Bottles

NY Post: Beyoncé & Jay-Z host NY Bam ba$h

The NY Post reports:

When President Obama addresses an elite roster of hipsters and multimillionaires, including hosts Beyoncé and Jay-Z, in New York tonight, he will do so next to a custom-designed tower of $800-per-bottle champagne that dominates the main room at Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub.

The 350-bottle champagne tower — designed by Jeffrey Beers — is a monument to Jay-Z’s favorite bubbly, Armand de Brignac, which is known colloquially by rappers, clubgoers and connoisseurs as Ace of Spades because of its gold-spade label.

“It’s floor-to-ceiling gold bottles in the entire space. It’s beautiful — breathtaking,” a rep for the Flatiron District hot spot told The Post. “It’s the first thing you see when you walk in.”

But the White House, which meticulously controls Obama’s image, is not expected to release any photos of the president’s appearance at the lavish club.

Details of the party are “under lock and key,” according to the rep, and the White House was guarding the guest list as if it were the latest intelligence profile of Iran’s nuclear program.

Might it look something like this?

Yeah I can see why Obama’s campaign banned photos of it. They want to make Romney look like the rich guy with tons of rich supporters, not Obama.

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