A political fundraiser for President Obama, set to take place in Manhattan Monday evening, may inconvenience fashionistas heading to the annual Costume Institute Gala, which is being held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, according to The New York Post.
The star-studded fundraiser for the president is being hosted by Loida Nicolas-Lewis, widow to late Baltimore billionaire entrepreneur Reginald Lewis, at her Manhattan residence, and will also be attended by The Wire actor Wendell Pierce and Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones.
Meanwhile, Vogue editor Anna Wintour is hosting the fashion gala alongside actress Jennifer Lawrence, Marissa Mayer, and Wendi Murdoch.
The two events are reportedly within close proximity to one another and Vogue magazine has issued a warning to its guests to expect heavy traffic because the president will be in town.
Sources close to the event told PageSix that President Obama is not planning on stopping by, but regardless, problems in the past have been created by Obama fundraising events such as mass confusion and traffic jams.
Obamajams have generated a number of commuter complaints over the years, most notably in Los Angeles in 2010.
One angry LA resident lost all patience with the president after his fundraiser at producer John Wells’ house, and even blogged about it afterwards.
“I was an Obama supporter, but … was stopped by police from crossing Olympic to get home … during my daily dog walk,” the person wrote on the Los Angeles Times website. “I’ve lost all belief in his judgment. Can he really think he’s more important than the tens of thousands of people trying to get home to their families.”
Although it is just a warning, as far as traffic warnings and Presidential fundraising go, for the fashionistas, it is better to be safe than sorry.