LOS ANGELES — President Obama got in on the act tonight, joining a long line of commentators and comedians who have poked fun at his lackluster debate performance last week.
Speaking to 6,000 supporters at the star-studded “30 Days to Victory” gala at the Nokia Theatre, Obama praised the performers that came before him, including Jon Bon Jovi, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry and Jennifer Hudson.
“They just perform flawlessly, night after night,” he said. “I can’t always say the same.”
Obama quickly launched into his standard stump speech, but later reminisced about his 2008 campaign, admitting he had made some mistakes and “goofed up” at times, but that “the American people carried us forward.”
As he enters the final stretch to Election Day, the president is spending two days fundraising on the West Coast, where he is expected to rake in at least $9.5 million for his campaign coffers.
Earlier tonight, Obama spent more than two hours at an intimate “thank you event” for a group of 12 donors and former President Bill Clinton at the home of Hollywood producer and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
The president was scheduled to cap his night with a glitzy $25,000 per person dinner with 150 supporters at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 restaurant.