Clooney's Presidential Fundraiser: One-Percenters Living Large to Help the Poor
Actor, director, producer and screenwriter George Timothy Clooney – Darfur activist, serial romancer, and former bedmate to the late Max, a 300-lb. pot-bellied pig – is going to host a fundraiser for President Barack Obama.
Over the years, Clooney, a committed ladies’ man, liberal and owner of a castle on Lake Como in Laglio, Italy, has proven equally loyal to Obama’s re-election hopes. So much so that, together with DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, whose own $35 million home is currently under construction, Clooney will co-host a $6 million fundraiser for the President at his impeccably clean 7,000+ square-foot Los Angeles home.
Since Clooney is supposedly a competitive hoops man, a basketball court on the Clooney estate is good news for the President, because it means "shoot from the left" Obama will at least have a place to dribble among friends.
Obama supporters will pay $40,000 a plate – that’s right, a year’s middle-class salary without benefits. Clooney and Katzenberg will serve a well-heeled group of liberals a dinner that will probably consist of things like very expensive grass-fed beef, twice-baked potatoes sprinkled with paprika, and something involving $145-per-ounce white truffles.
And true to form, Obama will likely drone on at the tony fundraiser about the plight of the middle class, many of whom are presently unemployed and would do any “shovel-ready” job for a chance to earn $40,000. Nonetheless, while the middle class suffers, Obama will have no problem pocketing the $6 million that, if distributed elsewhere, could feed those suffering in Darfur or unemployed lower-middle-class families in the U.S. for a full year.
After the event, the President will justify hauling away the money in an armored truck by reassuring the gullible donors that the middle class needs him to protect them from evil-rich-guy Mitt Romney, and need him to be re-elected so he can fix the problems he’s caused over the last four years
Although Clooney has declared that he is more than willing to welcome Obama 2012 donors into his humble abode, the agreement is not without limits. Clooney, who just last month sat near the President at British Prime Minister David Cameron’s state dinner, said there is one thing he won’t do to help the president.
Clooney told Entertainment Tonight, “I’m proud to do whatever I can to support the President… as long as no one asks me to sing.” Knowing full well that Obama has a set of chops he likes to show off, Clooney could be concerned that the President, world renowned as an Apollo Theatre star/Al Green impersonator and BB King/Mick Jagger “Sweet Home Chicago” backup singer, could challenge him to a one-on-one behind the mic.
Then again, the three-time Golden Globe and Academy Award winner has loads of resources to draw on. For starters, to distract the President from suggesting a sing-off, 50-year-old Clooney could have his latest paramour, 33-year-old former “Legs of WWE” wrestler Stacey Keibler, entertain the Obama for America donors with some of her sultry dance moves from “Dancing with the Stars.” Afterwards, maybe Obama will join Keibler and demonstrate his own macho salsa technique like he did with Thalia at Fiesta Latina.
After toweling off, if the guest of honor still insists on Clooney singing, the actor can drag out videos of Darfur, and if all else fails he can pass around mug shots of himself and his father Nick that were taken after they were arrested at a protest in Washington, D.C. outside the Sudanese Embassy. If none of that works, Clooney can always follow the Teleprompter cord to the outlet and unplug Obama’s reverb and microphone.
Either way, singing or no singing, Clooney and Obama make quite a pair. Both are actors, one specializing in singing, the other in wooing women. Yet both of these outspoken advocates for the downtrodden are more than willing to rationalize $40,000 dinners to ensure the reelection of a man who claims he, unlike Romney, identifies with the less fortunate.