Attending a DNC fundraiser that was originally scheduled during October's government shutdown, first lady Michelle Obama was the special guest of "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife Monica Horan Wednesday night at their home in a gated community in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park.
Obama, according to the White House pool report, made a big deal about the November midterm elections to the crowd, which included singer and actress Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin. The first lady told the champagne-sipping attendees exactly what they could do to get engaged. "You can write a check, do you hear me?" Obama said. "That's what you need to do, I'm serious, write a big fat check. Write the biggest check you can possibly write."
FLOTUS explained that the Democrats were just 17 seats away from taking back the House, but six seats away from losing the Senate. "So make no mistake about it, it matters who is elected to represent us in Washington. It matters." She also pointed out that a Senate win for Republicans could mean repealing Obamacare, interfering with women's ability to get birth control and banning same-sex marriage.
"We need you to max out today," she urged.
Tickets for the fundraiser cost between $1,000 and $32,000, the maximum someone can give to a political party per year, as dictated by the Federal Election Commission.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his daughter were also in attendance.
Additionally, the White House pool report noted that the first lady pre-recorded her interview with Ryan Seacrest Wednesday for his Thursday morning radio show.