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(USA TODAY) -- President Obama empathized last night with the co-host of a New York fundraiser, hip hop mogul Jay-Z.
Obama said Jay-Z -- married to the platinum-selling singer Beyonce, and with children -- "now knows what my life is like."
The president added: "We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are -- so we've got a little bond there.
"It's hard, but it's okay."
Obama also had kind words for Beyonce, saying she "could not be a better role model for my girls."
The president also noted about his family: "Michelle, Sasha and Malia are mad at me because they aren't here."
More on the fundraiser from the pool report:
POTUS spoke to about 100 people at a fundraiser hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce at the 40/40 Club.
Tickets for cost $40,000.Donors in suits and dresses sat on sofas in a large, dark glassy room. Small tables of wine, champagne and finger food, including sliders,were in front of them. Beyonce, wearing a red cocktail dress, and Jay-Z, in a suit, introduced POTUS.
Both said very little."I can't tell you how proud we are to host tonight's event with President Obama," Beyonce said. "We believe in his vision."
POTUS thanked them when he took the stage."To J and B, thank you so much for your friendship."