Us Magazine — A quote from Michelle Obama’s speech — “I want to thank Gwen, in particular, for being so kind and gracious and hosting us all here at her beautiful home,” Obama, 48, said during the opening of her speech. “And even though Gavin [Rossdale] couldn’t be here, I also want to say a special thank you to him as well, and also to Kingston and Zuma,” she added of Stefani’s husband of nine years and their sons, 6 and 3, respectively. “I mean, they are letting all of us just enter their house, all the chaos, and they’re being so good about it today. So thank you, guys, for letting us come — indeed.”
@tonykanal Thanks to everyone who came out to hang with us on a fun hot day. Great to see you all #bestfansever
It’s a wrap! We can only imagine how exciting this afternoon has been for the band, fans and attendees and even Mrs. Obama. Congratulations again to all the fans that were able to attend the event (and hob-knob with the band on a sunny afternoon!) We will keep adding photos to our gallery once they come in and updating with the latest.
Contact Music — America’s First Lady Michelle Obama joined No Doubt rocker Gwen Stefani at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday for a family party.
As part of a two-day trip to Hollywood, where Obama will be raising funds for her husband’s re-election campaign, Stefani’s new pal helped with face painting and balloon sculptures as well-off families enjoyed an afternoon with political royalty.
Families of four paid $2,500 (Â£1,500) for the chance to rub shoulders with the celebrity co-hosts at the home Stefani shares with husband Gavin Rossdale and their young sons.
The First Lady thanked guests for digging deep to attend the party, telling them, “Barack can’t do it alone.
He’s not Spider-Man. He’s not a superhero. He’s a human, so we need your help. I am not just talking to the adults here today. I am talking to the young people here as well.
“All of our young people – you might not be old enough to vote. You vote at school, I know – I met several young people who are going to be voting for my husband… We accept those votes. You can play an important role in this election, too. I want you all to feel empowered.”
And Stefani’s bandmates were thrilled to meet Obama – drummer Adrian Young and guitarist Tom Dumont both took to Twitter.com to chat about getting up close to the First Lady.
Young wrote: “Life in (No Doubt) land gets more strange and wonderful everyday,” while Dumont called Obama “so warm and sincere”.
Among the other celebrities at the party: Nicole Richie and her husband Joel Madden and actress Alyson Hannigan.
Deadline — Today the First Lady went first to a family-oriented fundraiser at singer Gwen Stefaniâ€™s Beverly Hills house around 1:40 PM.
Itâ€™s 1 PM PST, and FLOTUS has just arrived at the home of pop star Gwen Stefani. The house is in a gated community in Beverly Hills, just off Mulholland Drive. A long black slate driveway with its own black gate, lined by 8-foot shrubs, leads to the residence. Tickets for the event started at $2,500 for a family of four, with approximately 400 guests expected to attend, according a campaign official. Proceeds from the events will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties. The white, minimalist house has unobstructed views of the San Fernando Valley. Out back, there is an infinity hot tub that spills over into a vast infinity pool. Surrounding the pool are a half a tables covered with white tablecloths and accompanied by white umbrellas. There are also about a dozen picnic tables, also with white umbrellas.
It is unusually warm (91 degrees), and several jugs of ice water have been set up near the tables. The event has been billed as a â€œSunday of Fun,â€ and on one side of the house is a hardcourt tennis court, which has been decorated for the event with bridge of red, white and blue balloons arranged in the form of an American flag. Various stations are set up on the tennis court, where children can get fake tattoos and balloon animals. Staff are dressed in black-and-white striped shirts; one wears a hat shaped like a hot dog, another a straw hat surrounded by fake flowers. Between the tennis court and the pool is a separate structure that houses a gym with treadmills and other machines. A transparent podium is positioned at the top of the steps leading up to the gym. Pool is holding in the garage.
Wow! What a moment! Gwen has joined the First Lady onstage for a speech! This is history, No Doubters! Photo courtesy of Candi.
We’re hearing that the First Lady is speaking at the event right now.
Aw! Tom took to Twitter to thank all the No Doubt fans for making it to the event. First Lady Michelle Obama has made it to the event as well!
@baxterbeezy I went for a handshake with the first lady, and she gave me a hug….awwwww!!!
@gwenstefani Zuma cried all over my pink top! Oh well mom central gx
@gwenstefani The first lady is here! Gx
@tomdumontnd Just met the First Lady! @michelleobama -wow she is so warm and sincere.
@tomdumontnd So great to meet all the @nodoubt fans here today, thanks all for making it happen!
It seems like the celebrities there (including Nicole Ritchie) are posing with the event attendees. Pretty cool!
Gwen has came out for the event! She looks gorgeous in her all very-pink ensemble from the upcoming L.A.M.B. Spring 2013 collection. Thanks to L.A.M.B. for confirming to us! Thanks to Martin for sending us the photo.
Wow! Looks like some very lucky fans (including our friends Bodhi and Martin!) were able to get a photo with the band! They are always so, so gracious!
We’re hearing guests are not being let in until 11:00 AM sharp.
Seems like No Doubters are already making their way over to Gwen’s. What an amazing opportunity and we wish them all a great time!
Celebrities are also being spotted: Chelsea Handler
Adrian Tweeted that he was on his way to Gwen’s for the event!
@adrianyoungnd On our way to meet the First Lady! Life in ND land gets more strange and wonderful everyday!
Gwen shared that she was getting ready for the event!Â
@gwenstefani Getting ready for Michelle Obama to come for a Playdate gx
Join us today as we cover all the latest details from the band’s Sunday of Fun campaign fundraising event with Michelle Obama. The event is being hosted exclusively by No Doubt and being held at Gwen’s home in Beverly Hills, California. The event starts at 11:30 AM PST. Tickets for the event were sold in groups of four to families wanting to donate to President Obama’s Presidential campaign.