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Hollywood Pitches In for Obama

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 5:02 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Barbra Streisand will headline an evening in Hollywood with Barack Obama in what may shatter a single-day fundraising total:

“Organizers said Obama’s two events on Tuesday sold out by Monday afternoon, including a dinner at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills and a reception and concert at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where Barbra Streisand and Ben Harper are scheduled to perform. In fact, one estimate from the Politico website said the campaign could raise as much as $9 million, perhaps shattering single-day fund-raising records.

Obama’s visit comes as some Hollywood donors express anxiety at the state of the race, with polls tightening following the Republican National Convention and the addition of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate.

That may have instilled a greater sense of urgency and improved fund-raising for the two events. The Greystone dinner for about 280 people costs $28,500 per person, and tickets for the Beverly Wilshire reception go for $2,500. The latter was expected to draw about 900 people.”

I’m glad to say I don’t know very many couples who would pay $57,000 for dinner.


55 Responses to “Hollywood Pitches In for Obama”

  1. It’s a good thing, then, that Senator Obama is there to help out the “little guy” in our culture.

    But timing 28,000 dollar dinners during stock market jitters seems…well…a little tone deaf?

    Money is money, I guess.

    Eric Blair (2708f4)

  2. … and of course, this pulls Obama off the campaign trail, as California isn’t remotely competitive in a close election year, while McCain is free to campaign in a state that actually might decide the election.

    Sean P (80b8be)

  3. That’s only 10,000 bucks a state!

    SarahW (a6e80b)

  4. could raise as much as $9 million

    Well, that’ll carry the campaign for what, four-five days?

    Another Drew (1b62fd)

  5. There is desperation on the left that Obama has lost his momentum, and is no longer the inevitable. No matter what, at this point, Obama will not have the solid mandate of a landslide. Bush will not lead to an embarrassing defeat for the GOP, and we probably won’t lose much in congress either.

    But it’s not like Mccain is running away with it. Mccain clearly is doing more with each buck than Obama, but the left’s GOTV will be great this year. They will sabotage more GOP GOTV vans, etc, than they did in 2004. They will probably pick up a lot of steam. If the debates are not conclusive for either side, it’s going to be extremely tight.

    Juan (ccd613)

  6. But timing 28,000 dollar dinners during stock market jitters seems…well…a little tone deaf?

    Money is money, I guess.


    McCain: Barry, the economy cannot be all that bad if your friends can afford $28,500.00 dinners.

    The delivery would be everything. ?

    nk (189a81)

  7. Eric and nk are correct, the timing is completely asinine, considering he just blamed the entire financial crisis on Team McCain. Why not take this outlay of cash via some of the wealthiest and give it back to the truly needy here?

    Hello, Harpy/Oompaloompa/JAR? Hello?

    Dmac (e639cc)

  8. I hope they allow the press to attend this event and report on Obama’s remarks. No, scratch that: I hope they don’t allow the press in and someone manages to smuggle out a tape-recording of what Obama says and it turns out to be a typically condescending “aren’t those religious nuts, gun-loving, NASCAR-watching, Republican-voting rubes stupid” sort of speech. Obama knows better, but I have a feeling he can’t help himself when he gets caught up in an adoring liberal audience.

    JVW (6c4300)

  9. Comment by nk — 9/16/2008 @ 5:55 pm

    Perfect NK!


    “Truffles and Caviar for my elite friends”

    Rovin (a5d8b7)

  10. It is like the gilded age. Except without the manners or charm.

    Joe (dcebbd)

  11. $28,500 would buy a lot of fresh fruit.

    Old Coot (2f3a50)

  12. It’s expensive to feed the ego of a has been, and there are lots of has beens in Holy-wood.

    Scrapiron (c36902)

  13. # 11 “$28,500 would buy a lot of fresh fruit.”

    Is that a coded comment?

    Ira (28a423)

  14. The endorsement of Hollywood is reason enough not to vote for him

    BrentF (e6db0a)

  15. #14
    As if you were EVER going to vote for him, hypocrite!

    love2008 (1b037c)

  16. Am I wrong to feel absolutely revolted and repulsed by these people?

    I am not against political donations, ‘mothers milk’ and all, but this $9 mill shindig goes beyond reeking. This is the same moral preening crowd that puts those ribbon pins on at the oscars and tries to flaunt their ‘social responsibility’ to us heathens who are too busy to be morally superior because we work hard and raise families.

    They could give the money to help hurricane victims, they could send it to UNICEF, they could hire another illegal alien to make their yard nicer, or they could invest at a good time for the stock market to hit bottom. Or, if they are hell-bent on the rich giving more to the Government – just get out the checkbook and write the check to the IRS … but no … they have to waste good money to support the left-liberal inexperienced pro-infanticide extremist junior Senator Obama and his vapid campaign of hype and lies.


    I hope their filet mignon is overdone and the chardonnay is sour. Excuse me while I go play “Evergreen” and have a good puke.

    Freedoms Truth (cfa2f1)

  17. PS. I realize what it is that is so repulsive about super-rich liberal fools giving money to such a horrid candidate … It’s not their PATRIOTISM I question, it’s their JUDGMENT.
    You see, it’s not that they don’t know that Obama is unqualified … it’s that they just DON’T GET IT as to why he’ll be a disaster in the White House.

    Freedoms Truth (cfa2f1)

  18. #16
    There you go again, whining. Well put this in your pipe and smoke it: this “inexperienced”, “vapid” candidate might very well be your next commander in chief. So start getting used to the idea.

    love2008 (1b037c)

  19. I think I’ll donate my first 10 dollars to Obama tomorrow.

    Leviticus (41975c)

  20. love: we’re already used to the idea that he is a vapid candidate

    Lord Nazh (899dce)

  21. #19
    That’s the spirit, Leviticus! Some folks here are just angry and scared. LOL.

    love2008 (1b037c)

  22. I think I’ll donate my first 10 dollars to Obama tomorrow.

    Comment by Leviticus — 9/16/2008 @ 7:08 pm

    Your choice, Leviticus, but I think you can find a poorly dressed, undernourished person hanging around in the parking lot of your grocery store who needs it more.

    nk (189a81)

  23. Some folks here are just angry and scared

    You forgot to add in how bitter, clingy, gunny and religiony we are as well.

    Dmac (e639cc)

  24. #23
    Yeah. Scared and a little bit jealous. And mind you, not all religious people are “bitter and gun clingy”. So drop it!

    love2008 (1b037c)

  25. Don’t worry, all the attendees will get carbon offsets, or should I say indulgences, for being there. Bless you Al Gore. May you keep getting rich off your scam so we can keep exposing the hypocrisy of you and your acolytes.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  26. Lovey – Are you saying even non-lifelong non-conservative Christians fail to appreciate the religious bigotry emanating from the left of late?

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  27. And mind you, not all religious people are “bitter and gun clingy”.

    Absolutely correct. First right thing you’ve said.

    Can you tell that to your Barry?

    nk (189a81)

  28. Scared and a little bit jealous.

    Scared? Of Babwa? Or Bon Jovi? Well, maybe if they started singing – that’s pretty damn scary! And jealous? Uhhhh….of their money? Yeah, OK, perhaps a little. But jealous of their pomposity, overweening narcissism, and empty – headedness about life in general? Not so much.

    Does this mean you consider these folks the par examplar of ObamaNation? You actually look up to them, yes? Christ, that’s pathetic.

    Dmac (e639cc)

  29. Misspelled “exempler.”

    Dmac (e639cc)

  30. misspelled it twice. gah.

    Dmac (e639cc)

  31. #26
    I am just against using religion as another political cover-up. I am religious and I don’t “cling” to guns nor am I bitter. If anything I am bitter about the way things are and desire a change. And I know you can’t solve a problem with the same mind-set that created it. Nor can the same party that gave us this mess bring us out of it. We need a change- Barack Obama!

    love2008 (1b037c)

  32. I think I’ll donate my first 10 dollars to Obama tomorrow.

    That’s exactly when *I* plan on donating $20 to Sen Obama…

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  33. #32
    And the cash keeps rolling in. Thank you Scotty. Thank you. I have always known that deep down in your soul, you looove Obama. Go on, say it. Be sure to fulfill that pledge.

    love2008 (1b037c)

  34. #32
    And the cash keeps rolling in. Thank you Scotty. Thank you. I have always known that deep down in your soul, you looove Obama. Go on, say it. Be sure to fulfill that pledge

    *sings a Rodger Whittaker song*

    I met a man who had a dream he had since he was twenty.
    I met that man when he was eighty-one.
    He said too many people just stand and wait up till the morning’,
    don’t they know tomorrow never comes.

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  35. I thought there were donor limits? Am I missing something?

    Charlie (03643a)

  36. the money goes to the DNC, for which there is no limit, to my knowledge…

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  37. #34
    Sings a Sinatra rendition of “yesterday”
    Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
    And now it looks as if they are here to stay,
    yes I believe in yeaterday.
    Suddenly, I am not half the man I used to be,
    There is a shadow hanging over me
    Oh yesterday came suddenly….

    love2008 (1b037c)

  38. Just who’s side are you on, love2008? Your comment #37 fits Obama-lama-ding-a-ling-bama perfectly.

    nk (189a81)

  39. And seriously Scotty, you don’t really think Obama is going to really miss your twenty dollars do you? I mean really?

    love2008 (1b037c)

  40. #38
    Obama represents “Tomorrow” while McCain represents “Yesterday”. I look at Obama and I see the future; possibilities and potentials. I see hope for tomorrow. I look at McCain and his entire platform and I see, well, the past.
    I don’t want to go back to yestrday. I want to step into tomorrow. And today is the first day of tomorrow. Vote Obama!

    love2008 (1b037c)

  41. Yes, Barry in Malibu,

    while Galveston lays in ruins and people have been without power for days

    Enjoy the lobster cigars and arugula salad, Barry!

    Darleen (187edc)

  42. I look at Obama and see Jimmy Carter.

    Darleen (187edc)

  43. #42 – That’s an insult to Jimmy Carter, and his Presidency was a disaster.

    Apogee (366e8b)

  44. “I look at Obama and I see the future; possibilities and potentials. I see hope for tomorrow.”

    Lovey – I look at Obama and I see an inexperienced, corrupt machine politician from Chicago. I see someone with a fabricated background resurrecting tired old liberal programs trying to usher in days of bigger government and interference in everyday living.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  45. Of course there is nothing wrong with being able to afford $28,500 for a dinner but there is something somewhat obscene in actually doing so.

    Dana (213b94)

  46. #42
    You need to see an Eye Doctor. Or better still a Spiritualist. You are seeing things!

    love2008 (0c8c2c)

  47. “I want to step into tomorrow.”

    If Obama wins, tomorrow will be something that you step into in that rodeo arena. No thanks.

    Jay Curtis (8f6541)

  48. Obama is a man of the people, the people who can afford 30k a plate. He also is a man of class having friends in the music, movie, and television industry. Biden is also a man of the people but don’t ask him to give money to charity or pay his tithing. I am sick of celebretards for Obama, I just wish we had Bono. Gosh!

    London Locke (f38c20)

  49. Everybody is hinting at it, so I’ll say it: in order to buy into this “the sun will come out tomorrow” mentality, it is necessary to believe that we are deep into the shitter right now. Hence, Obama’s remarks today — basically saying that 1929 is going to repeat itself any day now; and his fans eat it up, cheering wildly when he says (and we paraphrase because we care) “Doesn’t McCain realize how badly things suck?” It’s an extension of what they do to get votes from certain demographics (paraphrasing Biden this time): “Your life sucks; we are your only hope, because you aren’t capable of making it on your own.” The ‘possibility’ and ‘potential’ is that Nanny Barack is on his way, and — just like in real life — most of us can’t afford to hire and pay for a nanny.

    Icy Truth (d50358)

  50. $57k a couple, the Democrats say that they are the party of the poor, but they most certainly are not.

    tyree (7a25f8)

  51. love: exactly what about BO is ‘tomorrow’? elaborate please (not one BO supporter has been able to yet, no ‘feeling’ please, something concrete would be nice)

    Lord Nazh (899dce)

  52. Today is Tomorrow, if anything encapsulates the addled thinking of Obamatons that is it.

    Today is today, tomorrow never comes, and the false messiah doesn’t have the brains or ability to deliver. The only thing we would get, GF, if the dems keep the Congress and BHO (GF) wins the White House would bes the socialist platform from the Congress that would destroy our fragile economy. To give the dems in Congress carte blanche by electing the Obamanation would be the most reckless act voters are capable of. I believe voters are smarter than that. This isn’t a choice between yesterday and tomorrow, but between leadership and experience vs vapidity and socialist cliches.

    eaglewingz08 (98291e)

  53. “Timeless stories of the little people, as told by rich Hollywood stars!”
    — Firesign Theatre

    Ahead of their time, AGAIN!

    mojo (8096f2)

  54. Bad timing . . . very very bad Mr. Oh-I’m-so-close-to-the-common-man! Hello!? He’s so common that he’s hanging with the Hollywood liberals! He should have cancelled or sent a proxy…remember how the Republicans curtailed their convention because of the hurricane?! Guess what Senator Obama . . . there’s a hurricane on Wall Street and you should be hanging out on main street! Shame on you! I’m embarrassed to admit I almost voted for you! Thankfully you’ve helped me see what a stupid decision that would have been.

    LFforMcCain (787056)

  55. Did you hear the audio from the event? Obama once again played the “funny name” version of the race card! And he did this in front of people who — even if he walked onstage for the first debate with a joint in his mouth, Scarlett Johansson on his arm, and responded to the first question by strangling a kitten — will vote for him no matter what.

    Icy Truth (ef009a)

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