Anna Wintour's Obama Campaign Ad Sparks Controversy
It's the famous editor of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour, appearing in President Obama's latest campaign ad. She's inviting supporters to a dinner with the first family at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
"It'll be a fantastic evening—just don't be late," says Wintour in the ad.
Wintour's regal, hoity-toity demeanor was memorably portrayed by a character rumored to be based on her in The Devil Wears Prada.
Her video was released on the same day as that bleak jobs report, prompting the New York Times to say the timing "might not have been ideal."
INSIDE EDITION caught up with Meryl Streep, who played the character rumored to be based on Anna Wintour in the movie, and defended the president's fundraising with celebrities.
"It takes a lot to get elected these days," said Streep.
The Obama campaign also dismissed the criticism, pointing to Mitt Romney's controversial fundraiser with Donald Trump last week.
"It's kind of humorous that they would take that tack," said Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod, "They're promoting dinner with The Donald—so they don't have a lot of standing on this issue."
But Joan Rivers had a different point of view.
"I think it's just an abomination. I think the president should be back in the White House taking care of unemployment," said Rivers.
The president raised about $3.6 million at three fundraisers in New York yesterday. One event was held at a Broadway theater, where former president Bill Clinton introduced him.