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Obama Goes to Hollywood (Again)

Posted on May 28, 2009
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Fresh off a fundraising stop in Las Vegas, where he made an appearance at Caesars Palace, President Barack Obama swung through Hollywood Wednesday evening to pitch woo to a star-studded crowd for the first time since taking office—but, as The Wrap’s Dominic Patten points out, it was a bit of a tough crowd this time around.

The Wrap:

The Hollywood company may have been glamorous, but the allures of Sin City and pulling the one-armed bandit for the Senate Majority Leader must seem like a welcoming memory to Obama.

After all, this was the President’s first fundraising appearance in front of the Hollywood community since taking office. And, in a time of an ailing economy, bailouts and mergers, Hollywood—which has been a constant source of public and financial support for Obama and the Democrats—must have been looking at the head table and asking the Celebrity-in-Chief, to quote that old Janet Jackson song, “What have you done for me lately?”

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By ardee, May 30, 2009 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

Our system is fueled by money. It is a great restriction on left wing candidates gaining office and progressive ideas and ideals coming to the fore. When you need 700 million dollars to win the White House, or a few tens of millions for a Senate seat, those who fail the test of alliance with the wealthy corporatist cannot raise the money necessary to win a place at the table.

There are many ways to control people, this system is a good one for that purpose.

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By Cathy, May 29, 2009 at 6:33 am Link to this comment

There has to be something that can be done about the amount of money it takes to run.  This constant fundraising is sickening, especially at this time in our history.  And as this is going on Bloomberg is buying—literally buying—this third term of mayor of NYC.  I truly believe he will try to buy the Presidency in the near future.  I losing hope that person with less money will be able to defeat him.  The same will be said of the Obama political machine. 

Obama is one of the slickest politicians I’ve seen in a long time.  He even got me to believe in him enough to vote and not “throw my vote away” on a third party candidate.  Reagan couldn’t fool me and neither could Bush.  Clinton I did vote for.  But I’m through—absolutely through—with these two parties. 

And if Obama fails with health care reform, as two-thirds Americans want it reformed—non-profit single player—you can bet that at least the progressive independents and Dems will stop supporting him, too.  I feel that will be the last straw.  If he fails on health care reform that will sink America.  Right now he is depending on the for-profit corporate medical establishment “to do the right thing,” believing they really have their country’s interest at heart.  I thought Obama was intelligent.  Why can’t he see what BS that is?

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 28, 2009 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

“About 1,000 people attended, with tickets running $1,000 to $2,500 each. In addition, 125 couples paid around $30,000 each for a dinner and a photo with Obama.”
Great! While millions of families are struggling to put food on the table and to prevent their homes from subjected to foreclosure, here’s Obama having the appetite to swallow food with the few elites who can afford to pay 15,000 per plate!

I cannot find the words to describe this, but I know that this so-called American democracy has always been, and will continue to be under elitist-after-poverty Obama, all the fake democracy that only money can buy!

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