Acclaimed writers Jonathan Franzen And Jonathan Safran along with many of the city's established artists gathered at the Paula Cooper Gallery on Thursday for the "Artists and Writers for Obama" benefit.

Also in attendance was New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who came under the spotlight in March after Rush Limbaugh referred to her as a "slut" for defending a contraception law before Congress. Obama called Sandra Fluke after the incident, thanking her for speaking out on the issue.

The president was in town on June 14 to visit construction at the World Trade Center and attend two fundraisers, one hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker in the actress's West Village home.

See photos of the benefit below:

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  • Jonathan Safran Foer, NY Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

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  • NY Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Sandra Fluke

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  • NY Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

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  • Jonathan Franzen

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  • Betty Rexrode, Paula Cooper

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  • Chris Santamaria, Alexis Johnson

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  • Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Safran Foer

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  • Nick Poe, Jenna Torres

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  • Kate Linker

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  • My Brightest Diamond

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  • Bernard Tschumi, Beatrice Colomina

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  • Karen Yager, Risa Mickenberg

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  • Jonathan H. Reznick, Sasha Tarasenko

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  • Monica Atiya, Margaret Kross, Sandy Tait

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