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Gerry Clinchy
06-15-2012, 02:21 PM
Does Middle America really want their country run by celebrities, a kitchen cabinet of divas and Clooneys and Snookis? That’s what was implied in an AP story by Ben Feller (http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-celebrities-youre-ultimate-arbiter-which-direction-country-goes) titled "Obama to Celebrities: 'You're the Ultimate Arbiter of Which Direction This Country Goes.'"

"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.)

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.


It seems like a sorry situation if it is a small group that specializes in creating fantasy, would be the ones Obama hails as the arbiters of the country's direction. Who could be more out of touch with the real world of working Americans? I wonder if Oprah was there?

charly_t
06-15-2012, 02:37 PM
Good post ! It would seem that if the entertainment world is largely behind a candidate we better watch him ( or her ) very closely. When its great PR that mostly gets someone elected they probably aren't worth much.

Franco
06-15-2012, 02:47 PM
Better watch who Wall St is supporting too. They love to support administrations that allow them to write the financial laws.

menmon
06-15-2012, 04:09 PM
Romney has some fantasier in his mix too. Their bad if they support the president and good if they support Romney. WOW How suprising is that?

charly_t
06-15-2012, 04:26 PM
Better watch who Wall St is supporting too. They love to support administrations that allow them to write the financial laws.

I got to get to the eye doc and get a new scrip for new glasses :-) I read "fictional" laws instead of "financial" laws the first time I read this.

Yep, we need to watch who Wall Street is supporting for sure.

ARay11
06-15-2012, 04:57 PM
Romney has some fantasier in his mix too. Their bad if they support the president and good if they support Romney. WOW How suprising is that?

I don't read anyone here as saying that it's Okay for RMoney to be supported by Hollywood

Gerry Clinchy
06-15-2012, 06:50 PM
Romney has some fantasier in his mix too. Their bad if they support the president and good if they support Romney. WOW How suprising is that?

Yes, celebrities will support different candidates ... but it is Obama who is telling the celebrities that they will be the aribiters of the direction the country will take. I find it just another version of elitism. Is it another way of saying that these celebrities are somehow smarter than millions of hard-working members of the electorate? If they're so smart, why didn't he make some of them his cabinet appointees? Nah, he doesn't really need them since he's got Joe Biden for entertainment.