On Monday night, President Joe Biden made a notable appearance in the bustling heart of New York City. His purpose for being there? A Broadway fundraiser dedicated to bolstering support for his re-election campaign.
The charismatic President took center stage at the illustrious Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with a warm welcome from producer Jeffrey Seller, renowned for his involvement in hit Broadway productions like “Rent” and “Hamilton.” Stepping onto the stage to the timeless melody of “All That Jazz,” Biden set the tone for the evening.
As he addressed the captivated audience, Biden shared a heartwarming anecdote from his family’s past. He reminisced about a time when his two sons were younger, and the Biden family would make it a point to visit New York City a couple of times each year to savor the magic of a Broadway show. He fondly recalled taking his boys to see the iconic Bette Midler, known for her saucy humor.
In a delightful twist, Midler, while performing, spotted the Biden family in the audience and playfully singled them out, raising eyebrows and asking, “Who would bring two kids to a show like this?” Biden humorously recounted how his sons took this unexpected spotlight as a badge of honor, cherishing the memory of being recognized by the legendary entertainer. In his words, he emphasized, “Bette Midler picked us out of a crowd… Families all over the world have memories like that to cherish.”
Biden, at 80 years old, didn’t shy away from addressing the topic on everyone’s mind – his age. He acknowledged the concerns that some have raised about his age, stating, “A lot of people seem focused on my age. I get it, believe me; I know it more than anyone.” However, he swiftly pivoted to global issues, highlighting Vladimir Putin’s provocations leading to a Russian invasion of Ukraine and expressing his stance on Donald Trump’s relationship with the Russian leader.
He affirmed his resolve, declaring, “That’s why I’m running. I will not side with dictators like Putin. Maybe Trump and his MAGA friends can bow down, but I won’t.” He further asserted, “Let there be no question, Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to destroy American democracy. And I will always defend, protect, and fight for our democracy.”
The Broadway for Biden event drew an impressive crowd of 1,500 people, with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $7,500. Among the distinguished attendees was openly gay actor Andrew Rannells, who shared a photo of himself shaking hands with the President. In his caption, Rannells mentioned that they had discussed Omaha, the city where he was born and raised in Nebraska.