This week features a greuling Presidential schedule, with Barack Obama attending seven separate Democratic party fundraisers ahead of next month’s mid-year elections. From Greenwich, Connecticut to Beverly Hills, California, the President will be criss-crossing the nation, eating organic, locally-sourced rubber chicken in private mansions and collecting checks from billionaires, as the Democratic Party faces down a possible loss of the Senate.
Last night, after two fundraisers in New York, Barack Obama settled down for a quiet, up-to-$32,000-per-plate dinner at the home of (I am not making this up) a billionaire property tycoon named (still not making this up) Rich Richman, but only after he sent a massive fundraising email to potential Democratic donors, labeling the Republicans as the “party of billionaires.”
As Obama [was] yucking it up with wealthy Democratic donors, he sent out a fundraising email slamming the GOP for being in the pocket of billionaires, the Washington Times reports.
‘If the Republicans win, we know who they’ll be fighting for,’ Obama allegedly wrote. ‘Once again, the interests of billionaires will come before the needs of the middle class.’
The president opined in the email that ‘Republican groups are spending massive sums against us.’
At the fundraisers Obama did not discuss Republican representatives loyalties, but he did plead with donors to elect Democrats in November if they want to see changes to the immigration system, paid family leave, repairs to country’s infrastructure and an increase in the federal minimum wage.
”We have achieved so much but we still have so much to do,’ Obama told attendees of the DNC event in New York. ‘So far, we can’t get Republicans to cooperate.’
The president told his audience that despite Republican obstructionism in Congress, his administration has had a number of successes, as well.
‘The reason you don’t hear about them is they elicit hope,’ he said. ‘They’re good news.’
The Democratic party has been careful about not trotting him out on the campaign trail with candidates, but apparently, he’s still well-suited to hob-nobbing with the rich, famous and wildly out-of-touch 1%. Obviously, the crowd wasn’t as cynical about the future as the rest of us common folk, or he might have had to answer questions about how different his administration has been when it comes to allowing big money donors and special interests to set political agendas.
The President’s tour, which yesterday also included a visit to the home of a former museum head who was forced to resign after being snagged by Andrew Cuomo for his participation in a state pension funding scandal, will culminate on Saturday with a visit to the home of America’s least realistic person, Gwyneth Paltrow.