After holding a fundraiser earlier in the day in Chicago, President Obama flew to Atlanta, Georgia for a fundraiser at the home of actor and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry. The home was described as a vast French –chateau style mansion with a large dining hall complete with a marble staircase, a crystal chandelier, and a marble fireplace.
"So usually I have better accommodations for our events," Obama joked. "But we decided to slum it here today."
After praising his host, Obama thanked Oprah, who was in attendence, thanking her for the important role she played in his first campaign.
"(V)ery early on, when I was still running, (she) just decided that she would support this guy with a name that nobody could pronounce. And just like books and skin cream when Oprah decides she likes you, then other people like you, too," Obama said. "And she has continued to be just -- not just a friend, but somebody who Michelle and I seek out in thinking about not just the day to day issues of the day but trying to keep our focus on the big picture. And what she's done for so many people, not just in America but around the world, is extraordinary."