OBAMA THE SE­QUEL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.”

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