Last night, Barack Obama tied up his seven-day fundraising bender with a visit to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Beverly Hills home, where he collected checks from Hollywood celebrities and, no doubt, dined on Gwyneth’s signature vegan, gluten-free diet food. Fortunately, what has been a rough week for the President generally, cleared up as he was feted and – quite literally – fawned over at the event.
The idiocy of Hollywood was in full bloom Thursday night when Gwyneth Paltrow turned an already-embarrassing Hollywood fundraiser into “The Dating Game.”
Paltrow — who hosted the event at her Brentwood home — gushed as she introduced President Obama, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”
After you’ve finished vomiting up your breakfast over your keyboard at the thought, we can continue. You good? OK.
Anyway, Gwyneth continued her introduction of the President with what TMZ, a news organization not generally known for it’s political commentary, notes was “ignorance” of and “utter contempt” fr the American constitution, referencing what the gathered crowd could do with their money, if only we lived in the benevolent dictatorship she and her fellow celebrities are so keen on.
She then showed utter ignorance about, and contempt for, the Constitution and separation of powers — the basic tenant of our government — by saying, “It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.”
TMZ follows up by observing that, if Gwyenth was really concerned about the President being able to do his job, she’d just write her check and have her personal assistant mail it off to the White House between macrobiotic soy latte runs, instead of dragging him all the way out the West Coast and away from the things the President is supposed to be attending to, like foreign policy and Joe Biden. But I’m pretty sure that the President, who has had to tone down his golf schedule following criticism, is grateful for the free time.
UPDATE: If you were wondering how much a seat at Gwyneth Paltrow’s table goes for these days, TMZ has obtained a price schedule for the honor of interacting with President Obama and the Hollywood elite.
– $1,000: You Get on Gwyneth’s lawn and get to hear the Prez.
– $2,500: A good seat on her lawn.
– $5,000: Includes a photo with the Prez.
– $15,000: A Prez pic AND you get to stay for dinner.
– $32,400: Talk time with the prez, your name on the invitation and all of the other perks.
That’s right. A hefty $1,000 – just slightly less than the average monthly mortgage payment in Real America – will only earn you the privilege of walking on Gwyneth’s lawn. It’s $2,500 for the luxury of a folding chair during the speeches. The rest, including your dinner, you have to earn. And yet, the Republican Party is considered to be out of touch.