Out here on the Left Coast, we were once again fortunate to host the President for another fundraising event as he continues to soak Hollywood for campaign contributions. So important is it for him to increase his already bulging war chest that he thinks nothing of inconveniencing a city of millions for hours, creating gridlock wherever he goes — during rush hour, no less. And in L.A., rush hour lasts for hours regardless. Nothing like making it a lot worse to endear yourself to the voters.
Even friends of mine who supported and voted for him have tossed in the towel over this one. As they say, the optics are not good. It is harder and harder to carry on like a 99%-er and a man of the people when you host dinners with such high sticker shock. The top price for a dinner ticket was $35,800.
Ironic also is that an administration that touts conserving energy and taking public transportation ensured that many who regularly take the bus to and from work were unable to get home. His entourage took precedence. He has already been fundraising for a year and our fair city has hosted him a number of times. As a big believer in attraction rather than promotion, I am confused as to why he would need so much cash when, unlike 2008, he now has a record to run on! Comments welcome…
One would think having 90% of mainstream media riding shotgun for your message, along with the inherent boost of incumbency and the world’s biggest bully pulpit would be enough. But no — more money is required to once again drown any opponent in an avalanche of campaign cash. If it were me, I’d spend a little less time traipsing around on Air Force One and more time with my feet planted behind the desk…
President Obama is also embracing SuperPACs after publicly shaming the nine Supreme Court Justices at his SOTU address a year ago for their Citizens United decision. So now we don’t mind that corporate interests with endlessly deep pockets have the power to influence the election? Do as I say, not as I do.
As AP’s Ken Thomas reports, President Obama made some choice remarks to his wealthy donors during his latest fundraising swing:
At the posh home of aHollywoodsoap opera producer, the president urged Democrats to mobilize, telling supporters that the 2012 election “is not going to be easier this time. It’s going to be harder this time.”
“People out there are hurting and they need us to do more,” Obama said on a star-studded night that included a performance by the Foo Fighters and appearances by actors Jack Black and Rashida Jones.
Obama later told donors at an intimate dinner – including actors George Clooney and Jim Belushi – that he understood that some of his supporters remain frustrated that the war inAfghanistanhas yet to end and theU.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay,Cuba, remains open. He reminded the guests that former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo often referred to campaigning in poetry and governing in prose.
“We’ve been slogging through prose for the last three years,” Obama said. “People, they like the poetry.”
Translation: I know I have not accomplished much of anything that I promised when you gave me millions of dollars four years ago, but stick with me anyhow and I’ll offer up some more pretty sound bites and a smile to make you feel warm and fuzzy all over. Actually, Hillary pointed out that presidents govern “in prose” while she was campaigning in 2008. Too many foolish people wanted to buy her opponent’s fluff, with no empirical evidence whatsoever that the half-baked souffle being offered wouldn’t fall.
For the record, I don’t much like poetry. I like the laundry list. What are you going to do. How are you going to do it. How are you going to pay for it. Prose is all I ever wanted. Reality. Not fluff. And you don’t need a billion dollars in your campaign war chest if you are selling reality.
The whole enterprise is plain depressing. While Republicans arrange themselves into a circular firing squad giving the hypocritical sexist neathderthal Santorum a big boost, the rest of us brace for another year of Kabuki Theatre, with both sides jockeying for position out on the Senate floor and neither working up effective solutions to our economic problems.
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