By John W. Lillpop
In the midst of the most serious wealth gap between “Haves” and Have nots” in U.S. history, one would expect America’s self-proclaimed “Middle Class Warrior” to spend his time in venues like East Los Angeles, Watts , or perhaps Bell, where poverty and the “Have Not” status are proudly displayed as a badge of honor.
Unfortunately for the impoverished souls in those communities, President Obama chose to rub elbows with the “Have” abusers in Hollywood.
As reported at the reference:
Actor Will Smith and basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson for dinner and Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas for post-meal canapes. President Barack Obama waded into the domain of the stars Monday as he hit the California fundraising circuit in one of his busiest donor outreach trips of the season.
About 40 contributors, including actress Hilary Duff, contributed $35,800 each for a cozy dinner and a chance to chat with the president. Obama, eager to reinvigorate his supporters, ticked off his administration’s accomplishments.
“Sometimes I think people forget how much has gotten done,” the president said as he urged his backers to rally once again, at the same time joking, as he often does, that he is older and grayer now. “This election won’t be as sexy as the first one.”
The dinner, followed by a larger affair at the home of Griffith and Banderas, were part of a three-day, fundraising-rich swing through Nevada, California and Colorado. California, however, is his biggest donor state and he raised about $1 million in the Los Angeles area alone during the past two fundraising quarters, according to an Associated Press review of contributions above $200.
The Las Vegas fundraiser attracted about 240 people who paid from $1,000 to $35,800 toward Obama’s re-election campaign and to the Democratic National Committee. The bigger donors met the president personally.”
In a dinner dominated by Latino “haves” the president received wild cheers as he spoke about immigration reform, a promise from 2008 that he has not been able to keep.
For the record, during his pep talk to Latinos, the president did NOT boast about the record number of deportations processed by his administration.
Nor did he reach out to East Los Angeles, Bell or any of the other havens for the “Have Not” populace.
Thus the question, Where was the “Occupy Hollywood” crowd?