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Obama: Jay-Z ‘knows what my life is like’

Olivier Knox
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President Obama arrives at JFK Airport in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP)

President Obama arrives at JFK Airport in New York. (AP)

President Barack Obama, speaking at an exclusive New York City fundraiser, said late Tuesday that jet-setting hip-hop megastar Jay-Z "knows what my life is like."

Obama was addressing about 100 people who paid $40,000 for a chance to hear from him up close at the 40/40 Club — an event hosted by Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé.

"Beyoncé couldn't be a better role model for our daughters because she carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent," the president said.

"And Jay-Z now knows what my life is like: We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are," Obama said to laughter and applause. "So we've got a little bond there. It's hard, but it's okay."

The president joked that daughters Malia and Sasha were "mad at me" because they were in Washington — rather than with one of music's top power-couples.

Beyoncé, wearing a red cocktail dress, and Jay-Z, in a suit, introduced Obama with a few brief remarks. "We believe in his vision," she said.

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