"President Barack Obama soaked in the support — and the campaign cash — of Manhattan's elite entertainers Thursday as his re-election team sought to fill its fundraising coffers," Feller wrote. "Speaking in a dimly lighted, art-filled room, Obama told supporters they would play a critical role in an election that would determine a vision for the nation's future.’
"You're the tie-breaker," he said. "You're the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes."
Perhaps that's what a candidate always tells the big-buck donors, that they're the "ultimate arbiters" of the nation's direction. But that doesn't sound very populist. Feller noted it was a rare joint appearance by Barack and Michelle at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. "The intimate dinner banked about $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each." Broderick was performing and could not attend. (Someone saved Ferris.)
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Among the celebrities on hand to hear Obama's remarks were Oscar winner Meryl Streep, fashion designer Michael Kors and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who moderated a private question-and-answer session between the president and the guests. Broderick, who was starring in a Broadway musical, was absent.
The president and Mrs. Obama also headlined a second glitzy fundraiser in Manhattan Thursday night that included a performance from singer Mariah Carey and remarks by singer Alicia Keys. The 250-person dinner yielded the Obama campaign at least $2.5 million.
Feller briefly relayed that this hob-nobbing with the "ultimate arbiter" celebrities might not look good to many voters:
The strategy holds the potential for peril. It allows opponents to paint Obama as hobnobbing for dollars with middle-class angst riding high. The Republican Party lampooned Obama as tone deaf when his campaign promoted the Parker/Wintour event on the same day news broke of climbing unemployment.
OK, I know all candidates hold big dollar fundraisers for the campaigns, but seriously. Obama and the Democrats sell themselves as the party of the middle-class, the common person. In reality, Obama has done more fundraisers in his time as President (153 since April 2011; 86 in 2012 compared to G.W. Bush's 31 in 2004), along with all the golf trips and ritzy vacations, while Americans have seen their net worth drop.
To get an idea of the disconnect between That One and working America, 50 people paid $40,000 to hear him at Horseface's apartment. $40,000 is in many places a pretty decent salary. That's the equivalent of 50 full-time salaries (minus benefits) being paid to this Socialist's re-elect campaign.