Politics 2015: Obama Skewers Republicans Debate

Variety Reports:

President Obama, appearing at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Manhattan’s Richard Rodgers on Monday, skewered the Republican candidates about last week’s debate on CNBC.

Among those at the fundraiser were Kerry Washington, Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Scorsese and Scarlett Johansson.

Obama noted that some of the GOP contenders vow to talk tough with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. “They say, when I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out … And then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators,” Obama said.

“If you can’t handle those guys, I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”

The DNC event was tied to a performance of Hamilton, the hit Broadway musical, a hip-hop take on the life of Alexander Hamilton.

Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama saw the musical earlier this year. “What’d I miss?” Obama said after taking the stage following the show, according to the pool report. That was a reference to the title of a song in the musical, sung by Thomas Jefferson.

He added, “Michelle and I love this show. It also happens to be the only thing Dick Cheney and I agree on … that is a cultural landmark.”

Obama said the musical “reminds us of the vital, crazy, kinetic energy that is at the heart of America. That people who have a vision and set of ideals can transform the world. That has always been true.”