Just weeks ago President Obama was hard at work delivering his Washington Correspondents’ Dinner stand-up routine and now we find him on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for what is being dubbed his “Checks and the City” tour, a play on words for actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s $40,000 a plate soiree featuring Michelle and Barack Obama. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and screaming diva in the documentary film, The September Issue, will also be at the Thursday gathering. For $40,000, that plate should come with a new Prius c.
The AP author of the article says that Obama has no choice but to hook his falling star status onto the ready cash of multimillionaire Hollywood actors and actresses like George Clooney, Cher, Matthew Broderick, Ellen Degeneres, among many others. There is great potential for this money-raising tete-a-tete to backfire. Americans have an ongoing love/hate relationship with Hollywood. While we may like the product that comes out of the industry, we don’t think much of the lifestyles of many of the rich and famous. These are not the Go Go 1980s anymore nor are these the “Yes, we can!” feelings of just a few years ago. Granted, anyone who hates Hollywood isn’t going to vote for Barack Obama anyway, but he needs the Independents to beat Mitt Romney.
Is President Obama looking too closely aligned with Hollywood? Do you think this close alliance between Hollywood and Washington will make any difference in the presidential election? Or do you just want to know what they are serving for $40,000 a plate?