OBAMA THE SEQUEL
This week — come rain, shine or recession — President Obama journeys to the land of Hollywood for a pair of glittering fundraisers for his re-election campaign. But alas, the mighty stars and producers apparently are not very thrilled with Hope and Change, Part Deux. New headlines from the Hollywood Reporter say all: “Disappointed Hollywood Giving Obama Cold Shoulder . . . the onetime darling is finding far less enthusiasm from the showbiz donors . . . .”
Tinseltown is getting petulant as residents discover that the onetime liberal heartthrob has faced a reality check with plot twists not in the original script: twin wars, terrorism, persistent unemployment, health care trauma, public despair, energy woes and re-energized Republicans in a comeback role. But face it all, he must. Not easy, as Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign made a very basic showbiz error. With its fancy logo, big sets and lyric dialogue, the campaign offered too much, too soon. It was not a showcase for the optimistic promise of an earnest candidate with compelling story, but a big, fat finale. And that, fellow Americans, is a hard act to follow.
But follow it he must. On Sept. 26, Mr. Obama arrives at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard for event No. 1 with a $250 admission, though $10,000 gets a personal photo with the president. Then it’s on to the Fig & Olive restaurant; entrance for one: $17,900. Entrance for one, plus date: $35,800. Despite all the “disenchantment,” the events are sold out. And among Hollywood Democrats who’ve already donated the 30K-plus to the Obama Victory Fund: George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Steven Spielberg.
“I want Obama to get reelected, and I will help him, but I will do it the way I like to do it and not the D.C. way,” longtime producer Norman Lear told the Reporter. “The Republicans running for president are a bunch of clowns. We may be disappointed in a lot of things that are going on in the Obama administration, but whatever we say about him, he’s not a clown.” believe his story. And I keep digging, quietly, patiently, honestly,” Mr. Martin explains. He’ll arrive in Honolulu on Sept. 27.
“Some people were afraid to speak with me in earlier trips to Honolulu. Maybe they will open up on this trip,” he adds. “And if you don’t think my presidential campaign is going anywhere, just keep an eye on what Obama and company are doing. They always have their eyes and their operatives on me. Frankly, I don’t blame them.”
Don’t forget about me: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has a new book out.