Barack Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio
HENRY McGEE/GLOBE PHOTOS; Tony Barson/WireImage
09/17/2008 at 10:00 AM EDT
held two star-studded events in his honor in Beverly Hills on Tuesday.
The first was a $28,500-per-plate dinner at the landmark Greystone Mansion attended by some bold-faced names, including Tobey McGuire
, Leonardo DiCapro Jodie Foster
and Chris Rock.
The second, a $2,500-per-ticket fund-raiser at the glamorous Regent Beverly Wilshire included performances by Ben Harper and Barbara Streisand.
After three songs, Streisand introduced the man of the hour, who came onstage to roaring applause and outbursts of "yes we can" and "sí se puede." Obama revved up the crowd, but kept a serious, even somber, tone during his speech, which touched on the current economic crisis, recent hurricanes to hit the Gulf Coast, and a fatal train crash in Los Angeles.
Among the crowd was Sarah Silverman and Ron Howard, who enjoyed the desserts and an open bar in between cracking jokes about the GOP's Sarah Palin and John McCain. Laura Dern watched her husband (Ben Harper) perform, but stood atop her chair when Obama made his entrance.
Together, the events raised an estimated $9 million for the Democratic presidential nominee.