Right Change: Obama’s Celebrity AppealMon, June 11, 2012
Jessica Yellin, CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent, tweeted recently that President Obama is drawing 50% to 60% less crowds in his 2012 campaign run compared to 2008:
So what do you do as a President running for re-election when you can barely fill half of the same venue you filled just four short years ago? Well for starters, you appeal to America’s modern day ruling class. These are the elitist folks that fill our movie screens and occupy our “top 40” airwaves. The same ones who preach raising taxes on Americans, yet freely give very little to charity. The Washington Examiner highlighted that President Obama had one of the biggest star-studded fundraising nights of his re-election campaign this week, less than a month after he attended a celebrity fundraiser hosted by actor George Clooney in May. According to analysis of the President’s calendar and news reports, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have held over 25 fundraisers featuring Hollywood actors, producers, or singers. At a time when many Americans are continually frustrated with the state of jobs and the economy, celebrity money has continued to pour in through dinners, endorsements, and award show plugs.
This list includes events that President Obama and/or Michelle Obama have personally attended over the past year:
June 13, 2011: Michelle Obama attends fundraiser in Westwood California, featuring actors Ryan Phillippe, and actresses Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Drew Barrymore and Vanessa Williams.
June 14, 2011: Michelle Obama attends a fundraising breakfast attended by actress Jennifer Garner. Tickets cost $1,000 to $25,000.
June 23, 2011: Whoopie Goldberg hosts "Sister Act" performance fundraiser on Broadway in New York. Seats cost $10,000 including a photo with President Obama.
Sept. 25, 2011: Obama attends West Hollywood fundraiser hosted by Dreamworks producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, attended by Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, will.i.am, Danny DeVito and Judd Apatow. Tickets cost $35,800 per couple.
Sept. 25, 2011: Obama attends fundraiser hosted by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg in Atherton, Calif.. Singer Lady Gaga attends the event. Tickets cost $35,800 per person.
Sept. 25, 2011: Obama attends West Hollywood House of Blues fundraiser with actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson of the TV show “Modern Family,” Tickets cost between $250 and $10,000.
October 24, 2011: Obama attends fundraiser dinner at the home of Hitch producer James Lassiter, in Los Angeles co-hosted by actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith; Tickets sell for $35,800.
October 24, 2011: Latino gala fundraiser at the home of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, co-hosted by actress Eva Longoria. Tickets cost between $5,000 and $35,800.
January 5, 2012 Obama attends Chicago "Gen-44" concert featuring actor Hill Harper and R&B star Janelle Monae. Tickets ranging from $44 to $1,000.
January 19, 2012: Filmmaker Spike Lee and wife Tonya host a fundraising dinner, guests include singer Mariah Carey.
January 19, 2012: President Obama attends New York City fundraiser at the Apollo Theater with singer Al Green.
Feb. 15, 2012: Obama speaks at Foo Fighters concert fundraiser for more than 1,000 guests, featuring actor Jack Black and actress Rashida Jones. Tickets cost $500.
Feb. 15, 2012: Dinner hosted by soap opera mogul Bradley Bell at their Los Angeles home, co-hosted by actor Will Ferrell, (who couldn’t attend) and attended by actors Jim Belushi and George Clooney.
March 1, 2012: Fundraiser with Parks and Recreation's Aziz Ansari at ABC Kitchen in New York City.
March 19, 2012: Michelle Obama attends cocktail reception hosted by actor Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightowner De Niro in New York City; host committee includes Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Star Jones, Tina Knowles.
March 16, 2012: President Obama attends a concert event at the home of film producer Tyler Perry featuring singer Cee Lo Green; tickets were between $500 and $10,000.
17. March 16, 2012: President Obama attends Atlanta, Georgia fundraiser attended by Oprah Winfrey at the home of Tyler Perry. Tickets are $35,800 each.
May 10th, 2012: President Obama attends lunch fundraiser featuring musician Dave Matthews in Seattle. Tickets cost $1,000 for general admission and $5,000 for an individual photo reception.
May 23, 2012: Obama attends fundraiser dinner featuring rockers Crosby, Stills, and Nash in Atherton, CA. Actor Don Cheadle attends. Cost is $35,800 per plate.
May 23, 2012: President Obama visits the Fox Theater for a concert featuring singer Ben Harper. Tickets cost $250 per person.
May 10, 2012: Obama attends fundraiser at George Clooney's home; nets $15 million. Hollywood stars attending the event include Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire and J.J. Abrams.
May 14, 2012: Obama attends fundraiser in New York City hosted by singer Ricky Martin. Tickets cost $5,000 to $35,800 to attend.
June 4, 2012: Bon Jovi gets a ride on Air Force One to New York City; attends fundraiser with President Obama and former President Clinton. Tickets range from $2,500 to $35,800.
June 4, 2012: President Obama and President Clinton attend “Barack on Broadway” fundraiser in New York City attended by actor James Earl Jones and show producers. Tickets cost between $250 and $1,000.
June 6, 2012: President Obama attends an LGBT fundraiser gala featuring Glee star Darren Criss. Speakers include actresses Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, and Ellen DeGeneres. Tickets cost up to $25,000 per couple.
June 6, 2012: Fundraising dinner with Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy and fiancé David Miller in Beverly Hills. Tickets cost $40,000 per couple.
It would be hard for anyone to keep up with this self-congratulatory, ego boosting, celeb hand holding type of rigorous schedule that even the President himself seems to be losing track.
“I just came from a wonderful event over at the Wilshire or the Hilton -- I'm not sure which,” Obama said in his remarks at the Beverly Hills, California home of Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy and his fiancé David Miller, admitting a confusing schedule. “Here's what happens... because you go through the kitchens of all these places and so you never are quite sure where you are."
President Barack Obama has indebted the United States with over 5 trillion dollars, but has nothing to show for all his spending today. Millions of Americans are unemployed, under employed, under waged, and the promises of Hope and Change never materialized. But aren’t we all happy that he gets to brush shoulders with his modern day oligarch friends on OUR tax dollars?
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