So much for that he and Michelle “are not that far removed from what most Americans are going through” bullshit. The GOP put together this little list to show Obama’s elitism. Kind of reminds me of John Edward’s “we have two Americas” comment.
Glitzy Fundraisers, Posh Vacations, And Celebrity Concerts Show Obama’s Elitist Disconnect From The American People
“President Obama is coming to New York on July 28 for Democratic National Committee fundraising, but apparently he has two events planned on the day – including one at the home of Vogue editrix Anna Wintour.” (Maggie Haberman, “Obama And Anna Wintour, For One Night Only,” Politico, 7/14/10)
TONIGHT’S FESTIVITIES JUST THE LATEST IN LONG LINE OF RITZY FUNDRAISERS
Calvin Klein, Harvey Weinstein And Several “Former Clinton Boosters” Are Expected To Shell Out Over $30,000 To Attend Tonight’s Events. “The price for the evening is just over $30,000 a head, making it a somewhat tougher draw. But the names – at least the ones I was able to pry loose – are a patchwork of a bunch of different industries. … At the Four Seasons, the first event of the night and a fifty-ticket event, a source familiar with the affair said attendees are expected to incude longtime Bill Clinton donor Bernard Schwartz, Obama booster Jane Hartley, Anne Hess, former Clinton boosters Stan Shuman and Michael Kempner. The next event, at Vogue editrix Anna Wintour’s home, has been difficult to get details about, but a few names I was able to glean include Larry Gagosian, the art dealer who was a Clinton backer, along with Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein, and designer Calvin Klein, an Obama booster, and Marissa Mayer of Google fame.” (Maggie Haberman, “Mix Of Clinton, Obama Donors Slated For Prez Events,” Politico, 7/27/10)
In May, Obama Jetted To $15,000 Fundraiser At St. Regis In New York City. “President Obama headed to a $15,000-per-person fundraiser in Manhattan after spending the afternoon speaking to workers upstate about their economic struggles… Obama is the big draw at a dinner to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He’s set to take the stage at 7:05 p.m. at the St. Regis Hotel, where tickets sold for $15,000 a person or $30,400 a couple, according to a Democratic official.” (Carol Lee, “Obama Tops $15K-Per-Person Event, Politico’s 44 Blog, 5/13/10)
In 2009, Obama “Basked In The Glow” Of His Hollywood Supporters, Holding Back-To-Back Fundraisers Among Hollywood Elite. “President Obama arrived at a back-to-back fund-raising dinner and concert on Wednesday night and raised $4 million for the Democratic National Committee. He basked in the glow of his Hollywood supporters and thanked them for making his candidacy possible… There was Jamie Foxx and Marissa Tomei, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffth, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, and a long line of bold and not-so-bold names.” (Jeff Zeleny, “Obama Rings Up Cash Among The Stars,” The New York Times’ The Caucus Blog, 5/27/09)
- Paying $30,400 Per Couple. “The people in the audience – who paid $30,400 per couple to attend – laughed as they ate a dinner of roasted tenderloin, grilled organic chicken and sun choke rosemary mashed potatoes.” (Jeff Zeleny, “Obama Rings Up Cash Among The Stars,” The New York Times’ The Caucus Blog, 5/27/09)
Obama Will Even Celebrate His Birthday With $30,000 A Plate Fundraiser Thrown By Billionaire Neil Bluhm. “$$$$$: Happy Birthday, buddy! Sneed hears real estate mogul Neil Bluhm is tossing a private birthday party here for President Obama, who turns 49 on Aug. 4. The shocker: The dinner invite to the Barack bash at Bluhm’s home requires a $30,000 donation to the Democratic National Committee! The stunner: Obama is also scheduled to be in town Aug. 5 for a fund-raiser at the Palmer House for U.S. Senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias, who is hoping to capture Uncle Rocky’s old seat.” (Michael Sneed, “Price To Attend Obama’s Birthday Bash: $30,000,” The Chicago Sun-Times, 7/23/10)
Continue reading the rest of the list and see how Obama is so beyond removed from what Americans are going through. A politician who is worth $7.5 million isn’t anywhere close to knowing what its like to be a honest, hard working American. Actions speak louder than words.