Pres. Obama thinks Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman was “the best thing” in TDKR

“Catwoman? ‘Sup, girl. Meet me at Burger King.”

So many of y’all were prepared to unleash hate on Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. I remember the comments. I remember the preemptive hair-pulling and complaining. And I stayed true to Anne: I believed that she would do a good job, and lo and behold, not only did Annie do a great job, but she was arguably one of the best parts in a good (and somewhat uneven) movie. Now that you’ve seen her in action, can we at least agree on one thing: she didn’t embarrass herself? Can you give me that? That she held her own with those actors, that she worked the hell out of the material she was given, and that you might have actually missed her when she wasn’t on-screen? Well, you don’t have to give me that. Barack Obama has given me that. During a fundraiser in Connecticut (in which Anne was co-host along with Harvey Weinstein), Pres. Obama took a moment to praise Catwoman:

Days after “The Dark Night Rises” hauled in $36 million at the box offices last weekend, its fierce female star, Anne Hathaway, helped President Obama rake in millions for his re-election campaign at a Hollywood-studded fundraiser in Connecticut.

Hathaway co-hosted the $35,800 per-person fundraiser Monday night with producer Harvey Weinstein at his home in Connecticut. The duo helped Obama add $2 million to his campaign war chest.

Hathaway is a longtime Obama supporter, having attended his inauguration festivities in 2009 and telling People magazine shortly after his election that she’d love to work in the White House as “First Babysitter” for Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia.

The president returned the compliment at Monday’s fundraiser, gushing about Hathaway’s “spectacular” performance as Catwoman in the latest Batman movie.

“She’s spectacular,” Obama told the crowd of about 60 supporters. “I got a chance to see ‘Batman,’ and she was the best thing in it.

“That’s just my personal opinion,” the president added as Hathaway beamed and laughed, according to the pool press report.

Other notable names at the fashionable fundraiser included “West Wing” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and reality-TV host Jerry Springer.

[From ABC News]

Obama then continued, “Just my opinion: Bane was a mess! He couldn’t make up his mind about his motivations. He really didn’t adhere to a coherent socioeconomic or political philosophy I guess that’s why he was based on Mr. Bain Capital Mitt Romney, right? That’s the conspiracy, right? Whatever, y’all, I need a cig.” Obviously, that’s a joke for our earnest commenters. As for the whole “Does POTUS really have the time to sit through such a long-ass movie?” – my guess is he watched on Air Force One, in between campaign and fundraising stops. I don’t mind the president taking some time out to watch a movie, but I’m sure this will bring another round of controversy. Bring it on.

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  1. Marge says:

    That’s interesting. The political overtones of that movie were actually very conservative. Oh well, the sheeple will flock to this.

    • Vanessa says:

      Apparently Gotham with New York City as its set doesn’t have a working class or middle class, unless its mostly criminals and police officers.

      And there aren’t many minorities either. That stood out so starkly to me that I actually started counting (because I was bored by the movie): 1 Asian, 3 Hispanics, about 30 African Americans. Gotham NYC: Whiter than Friends.

      • Mia 4S says:

        God, I find Gotham City/NYC incredibly diverse compared to most fantasy movies. Spiderman NYC? Ummm. Avengers NYC? Hahahahahaha! Metropolis/NYC in Superman Returns? That was an Australian city if I ever saw one! (it was filmed there)

        Sadly those numbers you quoted represent the upside compared to most comic/fantasy. Long way to go.

      • Eve says:

        And there aren’t many minorities either. That stood out so starkly to me that I actually started counting (because I was bored by the movie): 1 Asian, 3 Hispanics, about 30 African Americans. Gotham NYC: Whiter than Friends.

        LMAO! That’s brilliant.

    • Issa says:

      Not conservative. Nolan said it was influenced by Tale of Two Cities. Bane is more of a Madam DeFarge than any conservative bogey man.

  2. Scorellini says:

    He’s totally right! Anne Hathaway WAS the greatest thing about that movie, she killed it!

    On a side note, do you think he really meant it or was he just sucking up because of the fundraiser?

  3. Hmm says:

    She was really good in the movie – Bale and her were just great in their scenes together. TDNR is the best of the 3 films.

  4. diana says:

    Christopher Nolan’s characterization of women is so one dimensional. No different in TDKR, I found catwoman very cliched and stereotyped and could predict her part. And about the non existent chemistry…. Ugh… Did n’t even understand how batman and catwoman got together.
    But none of that takes away from Anne Hathway. She did it very well (but I was n’t surprised as she did a good job in Get Smart in a similar type of role as well). May be she would carry off a spinoff just as well too.
    But the best part of the movie? Umm.. No.

  5. diana says:

    Christopher Nolan’s characterization of women is so one dimensional. No different in TDKR, I found catwoman very cliched and stereotyped and could predict her part. And about the non existent chemistry…. Ugh… Did n’t even understand how batman and catwoman got together.
    But none of that takes away from Anne Hathway. She did it very well (but I was n’t surprised as she did a good job in Get Smart in a similar type of role as well). May be she would carry off a spinoff just as well too.
    But the best part of the movie? Umm.. No. For me it was Michael Caine.

  6. epiphany says:

    Don’t know if Obama actually thinks the character Bane was named after Bain Capital with a slight spellng change, but if he does, you can add that to the ever growing list of things he’s gotten wrong in the last 3 years. Bane is a character from the Dark Knight series of comic books. Now, if we could get a look at those school transcripts he spent $4 million to keep underwraps, it might explain a few things.

  7. superjoy says:

    She did fine with the material given. I thought the pacing was strange in TDKR and that it seemed a bit thrown together. Michael Caine was the best part about it, imho.
    The Dark Knight remains the best film in that series and I found myself really missing Heath Ledger’s joker.

  8. Vanessa says:

    Anne Hathaway was awesome. She was one of the best part of the movie for me.

  9. flan says:

    I did not really hate on Anne before she did the movie, but all those posters saying she couldn’t do Catwoman kind of convinced me. I also thought she looked weird in some set pics.

    So, Kaiser, I hereby eat my words/thoughts :p

  10. Mia 4S says:

    She was great, but this is a non-story. I mean she was hosting the fund raiser and sitting right there! What was he going to say?!

    It’s funny I really liked the movie the first time and loved it the second. I think I was afraid of the ending since trilogies so rarely end well. I loved the ending and that made me sit back and love the ride. Not perfect but soooo damn good!

  11. Brown says:

    Was I the only one that absolutely despised her as Catwoman?? I am not an Anne hater and had pretty much no expectations for her but my God, I literally facepalmed every time she spoke. Everything she said was a one-line zinger and I thought the delivery of those lines were so. damn. corny. Maybe I am being unfair but come on, I can’t be the only one.

  12. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I really hope no one comments on him watching a f’ing movie. I’m not even a big supporter of his but the man can watch a movie. I had faith in Anne from the beginning and she did a wonderful job. She held her own again Hardy and Bale. However, Bane was clearly the best part of the movie. I loved it overall. It was a fitting conclusion to an amazing trilogy. For once Nolan actually picked the right actress for the right role and I really liked his version of catwoman. Nolan won me as a fan.

  13. belay says:

    I never noticed before but Christian Bale is really hot. I loved him in TDKR.

  14. Johnny says:

    And at this point of his Presidency, we care about what he has to say, why?

  15. Rux says:

    I totally agree. I thought Anne rocked it. She really was what I had imagined in my mind for Catwoman to be and more. My husband was pissed about the casting but after he saw her, he was completely won over. You go Annie!

  16. GoodCapon says:

    You’re wrong, Mr. President. Bale’s body was “the best thing” in TDKR.

    Marion Cotillard comes a close second.

  17. CAM says:

    Everyone i know who’s talked about this movie has said the same thing. Either that she was the best thing, or one of the best things about it. I still haven’t seen it! But i never doubted her. I think some people just get annoyed with her personality and forget that she’s actually a good actress.

  18. Dusty says:

    He is annoying. She is annoying. Birds of a feather…

  19. ramona says:

    I disagree, vehemently. I think Anne Hathaway was frightfully miscast and absolute rubbish. She had the wrong look, she could only play two notes (“I’m so innocent!” or “I’m such a bad girl!”) and was completely devoid of sex appeal.

    I know no one agrees with me, but I don’t mind being the proverbial cheese that stands alone.

  20. NM6804 says:

    What is it with Obama and his sucking up to celebrities?

  21. Jenna says:

    She was great as catwoman? lol Bitch, please. She was alright. Did she hold her own? Sure, she was solid. But she was forgettable; nothing about her stood out. And that last scene where she talks about what could have been was so cringe-worthy, I couldn’t take her seriously trying to be so badass.

    My vote goes to Bane for the best thing about TDKR. Unf. :D

  22. The Original Denise says:

    I am past the point of caring about anything that the POTUS does or says; but the rest of you feel free to get your biscuit tingle on.

  23. mk yarwood says:

    The President needs to STFU about Hollywood.

  24. lily says:

    Sorry Kaiser, she’s just meh, not great, not bad either, IMO. She doesn’t have any chemistry with Bale (the kiss in the last part really came out of nowhere lol).
    About Bane, I dunno. He’s very intimidating, but every time he opens his mouth, I can’t help but chuckle, because his voice is so ridiculous and his lines seem cliche.

  25. Roma says:

    I was horrified by her getting the part but I will fully admit that I was wrong, and that she nailed it. Unlike Katie Holmes. I’m all “free Katie”, but she was awful in her film.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Hi Roma-to be fair, there’s a lot more room to flex acting chops with a role like Catwoman than with “Bruce’s love interest”, which is the role Katie played. Maggie Gylenhall (who is an AMAZINg actress) sucked in TDK as the love interest-not her fault, just a totally one-dimensional role. This is actually a big criticism that people have of Nolan-underdeveloped roles for women.

      • Roma says:

        I actually thought Maggie did well; I always give the benefit of the doubt when it comes to character development. I just find Katie very flat as an actress and her whole film she just bugged. And it’s hard for me to admit I was wrong about Anne!

      • lucy2 says:

        I’m in agreement, Roma – Maggie did far better with that role than Katie did. I just rewatched both films and Katie was not good.
        I know people feel Nolan has a problem writing female characters, but really, Rachel and Catwoman are fairly small roles in big films here. I don’t think they were any less developed than the other supporting characters.

  26. Cheryl says:

    So, does president Obama really watch movies? Do you think he ever sits in front of the tv with dinner or lunch and just turns on TbS to watch family guy reruns or catch the end of a law and order? Does he sleep at night without ambien or something? Not Obama specifically, but any president… I would be a nervous wreck, too nervous to be like, “hey, I know Syria is going to hell, and Iran is causing problems and we’re in a drought and the European crisis Hilary is supposed to be taking care of… So, I’m going to go watch ‘magic mike,’ let me know if I miss anything.” I would need to see a shrink daily to deal with the anxiety of running the free world… So, I hope he did take some me time to watch batman. Not bad, I thought. Anne did well.

    • hatsumomo says:

      I know, right? I always wondered how the presidents stay relatively sane during thier tenures, I’d be a cracked drug-addled mess if I ever came into that position because we all know it aint a cakewalk!

    • telesma says:

      Umn, I’m pretty sure presidents do get some downtime, even if it is scheduled. I mean, the White House has its own bowling alley and movie theater for the president’s use, so I suppose maybe he gets to use them every so often. He also gets to go on vacation, and when he does he apparently prefers to do it in his home state of Hawaii. That’s why if you google, you can find pics of the POTUS shirtless in the surf.

      • Lisa Marconi says:

        His “home state” was Kenya. Nobody cares if a president watches movies, but he needs to make comments more relevant to being POTUS. This President does not give a hoot about the American people, nor does his administration, nor did the Bush administration before it. Proof is that we now have indefinite detention, presidentially-santioned extrajudicial killing of Americans, an imploded financial system, no jobs, poisoned food and water, armed drones in the skies, FEMA camps, need I go on? The merger of state and corporate power is known as FACISM.

        The next movie Obama watches should be Idiocracy.

  27. Nina says:

    she was good. not great, but good. less irritating than usual

  28. No says:

    She didn’t convince me.
    And I’m a fan of hers.

  29. Bryan says:

    The good thing is that the people who think she sucked are in the minority which is rare for an Anne Hathaway performance, loads of people and the critics loved her! And also it just goes to prove, before judging a character, at least see the movie first

  30. hatsumomo says:

    I admit, I was a doubter. I didnt think Anne could pull it off but I can cheerfully say I was proven wrong. While I didnt like the movie as a while, I could appreciate some bits ‘n pieces of it and Catwoman was def one of the better bits. Kudos Anne! Now about getting a spin off on the other hand…

  31. Diana says:

    Oh Kaiser, I wholeheartedly support you on this one. Anne was definetly up to the chalenge. I admit at first I didn’t think she could pull it off, but boy was I proven wrong. She was fantastic it the movie and very sexy, something I did not think she could be. So yeah, she nailed it.

  32. Addison says:

    Finally! A female love interest for Batman that does not need saving. The only thing I didn’t like about the other two Nolan Batman movies was the love interest, as anyone who has read Batman knows he is attracted to women who can hold their own.

    So yay! And Anne did a great job. Nolan’s take on Batman has been the best!