President Obama Praises Anne Hathaway's Catwoman In 'Dark Knight Rises'

'I got a chance to see 'Batman,' and she was the best thing in it,' Obama tells star-packed crowd at a fundraiser on Monday.

It seems Barack Obama finally got around to seeing "The Dark Knight Rises"— presidents don't get out to the Cineplex all that often — and on Monday, he offered up his review: Turns out, he really liked Anne Hathaway.

"She's spectacular. I got a chance to see 'Batman,' and she was the best thing in it," the prez raved about Hathaway's portrayal of Catwoman (or perhaps her skin-tight catsuit). "That's just my personal opinion."

Obama gave said personal opinion at a fundraiser held at the Westport, Connecticut home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein, where he rubbed elbows with the likes of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Hathaway herself. (Strangely, Jerry Springer was also there.) Tickets for the event reportedly went for $35,800 apiece. There was no word on Hathaway's reaction to the POTUS's praise, or if she subsequently channeled her inner Selina Kyle and stole a string of pearls from Weinstein's private vault.

It's interesting to note that several outlets have noted the rather political undercurrents that run through "The Dark Knight Rises" — everything from domestic terrorism to economic injustices, the latter of which Hathaway's Catwoman rails against in the film. Of course, stars Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt downplayed the political angle to MTV News back in June, noting that, no matter how prescient director Christopher Nolan's sentiments may seem, he would have needed ESP to predict the current climate when he was shooting the film two years ago.

"I think it's what people read into it," Oldman said. "At the time, I don't think two years ago ... that you can predict that. ... As brilliant as Christopher Nolan is, he doesn't have a crystal ball. So, it's very much culture and our consciousness, isn't it? Our subconscious, where we're at in the world right now. So, you can read in rather than read out."

"I think it will start a lot of conversations, and that's a good thing," Gordon-Levitt added. "That's really what a movie ought to do. A movie like this shouldn't necessarily propose the solution to our economic crises, but to get people talking, that's good."

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