Spending the better part of this week on the west coast, President Barack Obama is schmoozing with the Hollywood elite to raise money which will allegedly be used to help him keep his job in 2012 as president. Appearing to spend more time campaigning for a second term than running the country in recent months, Obama dined with the likes of actor Will Smith, Lakers’ legendary basketball player and AIDS activist Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson at the home of James Lassiter, a Hollywood producer, and his wife Mai Lassiter. Some 40 guests were allowed to spend time dining with the president in exchange for a $35,800 donation to his re-election campaign fund for 2012.
The guest list included actress Hillary Duff and singer-songwriter Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter,
Afterward the dinner, there was more money to be made at the home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. The couple hosted what has been referred to in the press as a post-meal mingling event in which Obama reportedly spoke of his self-proclaimed accomplishments during his first term as president. This event was designed to entice the Latino community by including such special guests as actress Eva Longoria, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
Obama was quoted as saying to his well-to-do supporters on the west coast:
Sometimes I think people forget how much has gotten done… [Due to his gray hair and aging during the first term, the president joked] This election won’t be as sexy as the first one.
These two events were only a small portion of three-days of fundraising being done by Obama as he travels far from Washington, D.C. through California, Nevada, and Colorado. California is where Obama spent most of his time on Monday and has reportedly been making the most money for his re-election efforts in the past two quarters.
Obama spoke of his rejected Jobs Act, including at his stop at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada by saying:
This [Jobs Act] is the fight that we’re going to have right now, and I suspect this is the fight that we’re going to have to have over the next year, The Republicans in Congress and the Republican candidates for president have made their agenda very clear.
The Bellagio fundraiser had over 200 people in attendance paying anywhere from $1,000 $35,800 to Obama’s re-election campaign for 2012 as well as to the DNC (Democratic National Committee).
When mingling with the common public in public, Obama shook hands, signed autographs, and stopped for photographs in true campaign mode.
The remainder of Obama’s west coast venture includes more fundraisers, including events in Denver and San Francisco, and the taping of a guest appearance on Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show.’
Pundits from the right and center, alike, have criticized Obama for having given up on governing the country and taking to the roads outside of Washington, D.C. and the White House. In recent weeks, he has continually been out of the White House for his Jobs Act’s bus tour and now campaigning for 2012.
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Source: AP, Fox