Friday, June 15, 2012
Hollywood Crowd Dishes Up $40,000 Plate Dinner for Prez
This is a bipartisan post. I could apply it to the other presidential candidate as well. I'm sure he's had his fair share of five figure dinners to raise money, too. I stay out of taking sides when it comes to politics, but I'm not afraid to voice an opinion about politics in a general sense with a bipartisan POV...something we don't see often anymore.
I also understand politics and I understand that nowadays politicians need money in order to run a campaign. What I don't understand is why I'm supposed to be excited that this happened last night in New York, and why it's getting all this publicity:
After a hard day of trading stump speech barbs with Republican rival Mitt Romney during dueling appearances in the crucial swing state of Ohio, President Obama jetted to New York City on Thursday night for a pair of celeb-studded campaign fundraisers. His first stop was at the home of "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker for a money ball co-hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The 50-person, $40,000-a-pop event, attended by celebs including Oscar winner Meryl Streep, Bravo boss Andy Cohen and fashion designer Michael Kors, included a moment of levity when Parker's nine-year-old son, James, interrupted Obama during his speech with a round of applause, according to Politico.
How out of touch can anyone be with the people of the United States? And again, I'm talking about both candidates running for president, not just one.
Wouldn't it have served the president and his campaign better for Ms. Jessica Parker and the other celebs who are so eager to offer the president money to just write him a check, donate quietly, and offer their support with decorum? Especially when so many people in the United States have lost their homes, their jobs, and their dreams of living better lives. Upward mobility in this country is becoming a thing of the past and most people don't even realized it.
$40,000 is nothing to a Hollywood celeb...it's nothing to a politician running for president. But when I see someone spending $40,000 to support a politician I can't help but think about how far $40,000 would go for a family of four who are struggling just to get by nowadays. We are no better off now than we were four years ago, and in some cases I know people who are worse off than they were four years ago.
There's something wrong with this picture and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. And it's going to make my vote very difficult this coming November. I'm not impressed with Hollywood celebs and I don't care about what cute little trick Jessica-Parker's kid did, nor do I care what celebs do with their money. But if I were president I would be thinking about how pitiful it looks to the people of the United States who are going to cast their votes this fall when they see things like this. The guy or woman who can't make his or her car payment this month because they have to pay the mortgage on a home they can't afford to heat isn't going to be impressed with a Hollywood celebrity's ability to throw $40,000 down the proverbial toilet. Tony and I have been lucky because we haven't been hit too hard by this recession...which I believe will be looked upon as a depression in years to come...but we've had to cut back, too. And I'm not impressed with anything Hollywood has done with regard to politics.
I was looking for hope and change four years ago. So far all I've seen is more of the same old game going around in circles. I wish I could say I was excited about the next four years. But if I had to cast my vote today, at this moment, I'm not sure how I would do it. For the first time in my life, I might just stay home and not vote at all.