CHICAGO, Illinois, May 11, 2012 — Arriving in style aboard the gas-guzzling, carbon monoxide-emitting Air Force One, President Obama and his A-list Hollywood supporters occupied the exclusive Studio City estate of actor and Sudan activist George Clooney Thursday night to pad his 2012 re-election effort. The haul was a mighty one: a whopping $15 million for the president and the Democrat National Committee’s coffers.
The garish Hollywood bash was a far cry from the
About 150 guests culled from
But Clooney and the President were generous; a raffle was held for average Americans, the winners receiving the opportunity to attend party with their spouse. Thousands of people were lured to the President’s online contest and asked to pony up $23 each for the chance to attend glitzy once-in-a-lifetime event, adding another $9 million to the President’s take.
No tightening your belts here. If only the occupiers could see their 1 percent now.
But the President’s fundraising tour was not without its hitches and missteps.
Earlier Thursday, President Obama appeared at a campaign event in
“It was a house of cards and it collapsed in the most destructive, worst crisis that we’ve seen since the Great Depression,” Obama said. “And sometimes people forget the magnitude of it. You know, you saw some of that in the video that was shown. Sometimes I forget.”
“It’s not surprising that a president who forgot to create jobs, forgot to cut the debt, and forgot to change
On the heels of his $15 million
The President won
President Obama’s campaign strategy has taken some serious hits over the last few months. The campaign’s dual strategy of attacking presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney as “out-of-touch” due to his personal wealth and his flip-flops on major issues have become less than potent.
Although the President’s stunning flip-flop on gay marriage this week was hailed by gay rights activists, it has also come under fire as lacking in political relevancy. White House aides say the President continues to believe that marriage is an issue best decided by states.
Critics of the President have mocked his “celebrity” status. The recent White House Correspondents dinner turned into a ritzy red carpet affairs attended by Lindsay Lohan, Sofia Vergara, and tabloid titan Kim Kardashian. A recent ad from Crossroads GPS pounced on Obama’s cult of celebrity using footage of the President singing on the “Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.”
Out-of-touch much, Mr. President?
The President and First Family have also come under fire for their own lavish spending of taxpayer dollars during these recessionary times. Judicial Watch, a watchdog group, reported in April that the First Lady’s Spanish vacation to
Perhaps the President has “forgotten” about that too. But whether or not voters will remains to be seen.
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