You may call them Beyonce and Jay-Z.
To President Barack Obama, they are just “B and J.” Thus he referred to the music stars who hosted a $4 million fundraiser for him at Jay-Z’s club, 40/40, in New York City tonight.
Obama delivered his usual stump speech for donors, about how people like them can afford to do more for Americans in need, about policy and philosophical differences between him and Republicans and about how donors can’t be complacent in the face of Republican money and passion to unseat him.
The president was also more effusive than usual about his hosts.
“J and B thank you so much for your friendship,” he said, talking about how his wife and girls are “mad at me because they’re not here” and how they love the two performers, who are married to one another, so much. Beyonce, he said, “couldn’t be a better role model for our daughters” and exhibits “such class.”
He told Jay-Z that “we both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are.”
After concluding his remarks, Obama put the mic back on its stand, then tossed in a rap reference: “I was gonna just drop the mic, but I decided that would be inappropriate.”
As much as Obama counted himself as a fan of the two, his campaign stuck to its regular musical playlist for the start and end of his remarks: U2’s “City of Blinding Lights” and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”