Obama Campaign returns to Europe after the convention

posted at 6:04 pm on August 6, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Only this time, Barack Obama will be a little less subtle about his purposes.  On the second day of the Republican Convention, Obama will do some low-key fundraising … among Hollywood heavyweights … in Geneva, Switzerland.  George Clooney will arrange for a $1,000 a plate reception, but that’s just the appetizer:

Academy award winning actor George Clooney is set to host a fundraiser for Barack Obama in Switzerland next month.

The event, taking place on the evening of September 2 in Geneva, Switzerland will be split into two parts: a reception and a dinner. According to Obama’s National Finance Committee, tickets for the reception where Clooney will speak are going for $1,000, followed by a dinner at the home of NFC member Charles Adams for $10,000 a plate. Space for the dinner is limited to 75 guests.

Let’s hope that Obama remembers to say “merci, beaucoup” as they pass along the checks.  Otherwise we’d be totally embarrassed to have him traveling abroad.

Maybe during the convention, the Republicans can dedicate a large-screen monitor at the Xcel Center to keep track of Obama’s second European jaunt of the campaign.  They could call it, “Where In The World Is Barack Obama?”  The show could track him through the summer houses of the rich and famous Americans who can afford to own villas overseas, and put dollar signs up on a map wherever he stops off for some foie gras.

Shouldn’t Obama be campaigning in, say, America after the convention?  If he’s that hard up for campaign cash, maybe he shouldn’t have broken his promise to stay within the public-finance system for the election.

Update: Hugh Hewitt and Duane Patterson wonder how long it will take before Switzerland goes under the bus.  Hugh says three days, and Duane a week.   I’m betting it will take longer than that.  The Adams dinner alone will raise $750,000, and the Clooney reception could push that close to a million bucks.  That would make it a very expensive road bump.


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Aren’t the fundrasing numbers due out soon?

Theworldisnotenough on August 6, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Jim Webb is right Obama is simply not building an affinity with the average American voter. Jetsetting to Europe to raise money amongst the monied expats is no way to win votes in swing states.

Theworldisnotenough on August 6, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Glad to see he’s created his own parallel public financing system by running a campaign driven by regular Joes like you and me.

amerpundit on August 6, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Wow.. this is just wrong!

I like that game show idea, I hope the RNC is listening to your recommendation.

Texas Gal on August 6, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Typical. Extremely typical.

SouthernGent on August 6, 2008 at 6:10 PM

geez … he really must hate all us bitter, clingy types and prefers to hobnob with the jealous Euro’s. I suppose they’ll all talk and laugh about how racist and evil America is and how it’s people cling to guns and religion.

Bye-bye Baracky

darwin on August 6, 2008 at 6:10 PM

LOL!

Obama going back to Europe!
Why doesn’t he just stay over there?

Chakra Hammer on August 6, 2008 at 6:12 PM

…followed by a dinner at the home of NFC member Charles Adams for $10,000 a plate

What is the “NFC”? National Finance Chair?

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 6:12 PM

this guy is a dream. he is inventing ways to disconnect with voters.

only the Dems coulf F up this election this badly.

DrW on August 6, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 6:12 PM

National Finance Committee.

amerpundit on August 6, 2008 at 6:14 PM

What, Marc Rich can’t mail his donation?

Dusty on August 6, 2008 at 6:15 PM

What is the “NFC”? National Finance Chair?

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 6:12 PM

I thought it was part of the NFL

offroadaz on August 6, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Just stay in Europe where you belong.

Hunt035 on August 6, 2008 at 6:16 PM

The show could track him through the summer houses of the rich and famous Americans who can afford to own villas overseas, and put dollar EURO signs up on a map wherever he stops off for some foie gras.

This guy is like John Kerry on steroids. It back-fired on him, what makes Obambi thinks it’ll work this time around? McVoter Americans don’t like snooty Euro-wannabes. But keep it up Bambi, we’re lovin’ it.

Shouldn’t Obama be campaigning in, say, America after the convention?

Ed, you think so small, don’t you know that Obama is the Savior of the WHOLE WORLD, and stuff?

Tony737 on August 6, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Here’s a little info on Charles Adams from an April 14th USA Today story, Obama tied to lobbyists, but boasts of not taking money.

(Scroll down for Charles C. Adams).

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 6:21 PM

George Clooney wants the female lead in the remake of “Fatal Attraction” I don’t know about his acting, I would need to see his knees as soon as he gets up off them from worshiping Obama:)

Dr Evil on August 6, 2008 at 6:21 PM

Dr Evil on August 6, 2008 at 6:21 PM

eww

upinak on August 6, 2008 at 6:22 PM

I couldn’t make this stuff up if you held a gun on me.

GAWD this guy is so not your average American!

E9RET on August 6, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Obama Campaign returns to Europe after the convention

Shouldn’t Obama be campaigning in, say, America after the convention?

Ed, you think so small, don’t you know that Obama is the Savior of the WHOLE WORLD, and stuff?
Tony737 on August 6, 2008 at 6:17 PM

That, and – Obama is just playing to his base.

wise_man on August 6, 2008 at 6:24 PM

I would need to see his knees as soon as he gets up off them from worshiping Obama:) – Dr. Evil

Worshipping? Is that what the kids are callin’ it these days? I remember when they used to call it a ‘Lewinsky’.

Tony737 on August 6, 2008 at 6:24 PM

This is simply delicious!

Whoever came up with this is not smart. In fact, that dude/dudette will be very sorry.

Entelechy on August 6, 2008 at 6:26 PM

This is the worst possible thing he could do, but I hope he does it. What a moron.

Connie on August 6, 2008 at 6:27 PM

What an idiot this guy is.

Chuck Schick on August 6, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Obama going back to Europe!
Why doesn’t he just stay over there?

Chakra Hammer on August 6, 2008 at 6:12 PM

He’s trying to suck the oxygen out of the GOP convention. Look at the timing. He’s dangling another glittering bauble in front of the media to split off coverage. Seems like a lot of bother and expense when simply stuffing a rolled up towel in his shorts crotch would yield more of an emotional high for his media.

a capella on August 6, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Is it legal for foreigners to contribute to a presidential campaign?
It shouldn’t be.

redshirt on August 6, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Charles C. Adams is a “litigation and arbitration lawyer”. One of his specialties is high-value disputes involving major infrastructure construction projects. I wonder if he litigates to keep evil oil refineries from being built.

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Ed, you think so small, don’t you know that Obama is the Savior of the WHOLE WORLD, and stuff?

When Oh! Ba! Ma! causes the oceans to recede, all the world’s boats will fall with the lowering tide.

jdpaz on August 6, 2008 at 6:30 PM

I wonder if Gwyneth Paltrow will attend.

wise_man on August 6, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Michele is going to be on the MArk Levin show in a few minutes.

http://www.wabcradio.com

Tuning Spork on August 6, 2008 at 6:32 PM

What is the “NFC”? National Finance Chair?

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 6:12 PM

I always called it the National Football Conference. What else would you call it?

DfDeportation on August 6, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Glad to see he’s created his own parallel public financing system by running a campaign driven by regular Joes like you and me.

amerpundit on August 6, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Yep. Who knew all those “small” donations from his “grass-roots” supporters came in the form of $1,000 and $10,000 checks from Hollywood multi-millionaires and their Euro-trash buddies?

AZCoyote on August 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Yep, nothing like connecting to the common man by going to a supper most of them can’t afford and hanging out with people they’ll never meet.

But Obama is for the common man!!!!

mjk on August 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Don’t worry about the extra fuel he is using for his trip. It is being covered by the carbon offsets that the Dems got by sending Congress home after doing nothing.

pedestrian on August 6, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Oh. My. God.

Can this campaign get any stupider???? I thought this was actually a parody post at first!

Talk about a slow ball down the middle for Republicans!

rockmom on August 6, 2008 at 6:36 PM

He really thinks he can rule the world. Sad.

bbz123 on August 6, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Yeah, Obama’s not elitist at all… /sarcasm deluxe

Seixon on August 6, 2008 at 6:36 PM

He really thinks he can rule the world. – BBZ

Here, lemme fix that for ya:

He really thinks he can, like, rule the whole world, and stuff! Like totally!

Tony737 on August 6, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Oh, c’mon guys. BO needs to hang out with his effete, elite, anti-American pals especially the euro-trash and Hollywood types. It must be so refreshing after campaigning among the unwashed who inhabit those awful fly-over states! It must make him feel so dirty.

This is great, actually. When he gets back to the USA let’s hope he continues to turn voters off by whining and playing the race card. Hillary was good at crying, “Everyone’s picking on me ’cause I’m a girl”, and see what it did for her? Worked miracles.

Maybe Michelle will be out of her political rehab program and help him out for the last few months prior to November. Who could resist such a charmer?

Cody1991 on August 6, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Theworldisnotenough on August 6, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Right.

Spirit of 1776 on August 6, 2008 at 6:39 PM

[AZCoyote on August 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM]

Yeah. If anyone doesn’t realize there’s a lot of fungibly traded and obfuscated money being passed there, I have a great deal on 57 states for them.

Dusty on August 6, 2008 at 6:39 PM

George Clooney couldn’t get his father, Nick Clooney, elected out of the 4th District in Kentucky. He was beaten by a Republican. Clooney helping Obambi in Europe could be the kiss of death. The elites really think that just their presence demands entitlement from the bourgeois.

volsense on August 6, 2008 at 6:41 PM

From Ed’s CNN link to Political Ticker:

Clooney made headlines in February when he told CNN he was hesitant to campaign for the presumptive Democratic nominee, calling it a ‘slippery slope.’

“I feel that at times you can harm the person that you are trying to help,” Clooney told CNN’s Kiran Chetry in reference to campaigning for Obama. “I don’t want to damage anybody.”

Keep up the great work, George!

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 6:42 PM

But Obama is for the common man!!!!

[mjk on August 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM]

LOL. I bet you got that info from the kids at the Obama School in Kenya or his constituents in the Projects.

Dusty on August 6, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Could the Prophet Barack scream “I am an elitist” just a bit louder?

irishspy on August 6, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Give Obama a break. Maybe they just grow better arugula in Switzerland.

Cicero43 on August 6, 2008 at 6:44 PM

I haven’t seen anything this dumb since, well, earlier today when I read about the Congressman from Colorado who skipped the vote on energy in order to attend a fund raiser.

This Geneva fundraiser would be a perfect setting for Obama to make another crack about us ignorant hicks in Pennsylvania.

forest on August 6, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Maybe after he loses here he can run for President of Europe.

Or maybe Iran.

drjohn on August 6, 2008 at 6:55 PM

OK, here’s the plan. Right before he comes back, we turn off all the lights in America and pretend we’re not home.

trubble on August 6, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Almost forgot – somebody had better issue a smug alert in Geneva prior to Clooney’s speech.

forest on August 6, 2008 at 7:01 PM

McCain should have a LOT of material from this and could hit him for it on many levels. They need to make some ads and plaster them on TV, not just the internet. I think and *hope* this trip will backfire on Barry.

mimi1220 on August 6, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Oh, c’mon guys. BO needs to hang out with his effete, elite, anti-American pals especially the euro-trash and Hollywood types. It must be so refreshing after campaigning among the unwashed who inhabit those awful fly-over states! It must make him feel so dirty.

That reminds me of somebody, I think it might have been Joe Klein, talking years ago about watching Bill Clinton on the campaign trail. Klein was appalled at how Clinton would get into the crowds and hug people and shake hundreds of hands — and then go eat MacDonald’s food without first washing his hands. You could see Klein’s revulsion as he talked about Clinton actually touching all those dirty, germy rubes’ hands.

I bet Obama feels exactly the same way. He probably has loads of disinfectant hand lotion on O-Farce-One so that he can wipe the grime of the peons off his hands as soon as he’s out of camera-range (and before he has one of his flunkies serve him his arugula and French wine in his “President’s” chair).

AZCoyote on August 6, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Meanwhile (via Newsbusters) the real President of the United States was warmly greeted by crowds in South Korea, but the MSM doesn’t bother to report it, except for Reuters who tried their best to report bad news:

But, true to fashion, the western media did its level best report only the bad. On August 5, at 6:07am EDT, Reuters first tried to report the President’s visit with this headline: Bush arrives in Seoul, faces large anti-US protest. But once the truth started coming out, Reuters tried to cover its obvious mistake with this later headline: Bush arrives in Seoul, anti-U.S. protest fizzles.

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 7:08 PM

forest on August 6, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Great South Park links, thanks!

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 7:10 PM

“One-world” Obama is simply priming the Eurotrash mosh pit for his presumed November victory tour.

whitetop on August 6, 2008 at 7:14 PM

It’s just Barack “Citizen of the World” Obama showing that he’s elitist.

TooTall on August 6, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Maybe after he loses here he can run for President of Europe.

Or maybe Iran.

drjohn on August 6, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Actualy, by common British law, when Barrak was born his father was a Citizen of the Commonwealth… by some interpretations he is still a British Citizen as well, as he never formaly renounced it. Kenya was not a nation until 1963… Barry was born in 61…. so….

Romeo13 on August 6, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Gobama!

/never thought I would write that.

65droptop on August 6, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Heading off right after his coronation to raise money from Hollywood fannoics kicking it in the most expensive snobby country in Europe is not, imho, such a grand strategerical move for He Whose Name May Never Be Uttered Except in Messianic Reverance.

The Swiss make damn kewl watches, kick-ass pocket knives and uber cheeses. But would ya go there to hang with Hollywood gabillionaire doofuses in the middle of a campaign, when youre already pretty much thought of as a Euro-weenie???

Not.so.much.a.good.idea.

Mike D. on August 6, 2008 at 7:25 PM

Is this Obama’s idea of a Staycation………..?

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2008 at 7:26 PM

I’m no fan of The One, but, guys, nowhere in this invitation (and I’ve seen it in a few places in the past day or so) is it stated that Himself will actually BE IN ATTENDANCE. It sounds to me more like an opportunity for jetsetters or obscenely wealthy expats to go to a Dem fundraiser.

Besides, would there be enough room in the joint for the egos of both Clooney AND The O-Man?

Lurking Vet on August 6, 2008 at 7:37 PM

“He actually seems to transform himself, becoming what must be next. He has been called distant, aloof and somewhat unapproachable, perhaps because we cannot approach what he does not have, a solid core. His soul seems to be molten and made up of dreams, which is at once breathtakingly inspiring and forbiddingly indeterminate. When this young man with the flowing, passionate core, when this candidate without the solid-center changes positions and transforms himself as we watch, it leaves Americans much more in doubt about who he is and how he would lead us. It also reveals an Obama of unapproachable arrogance and inestimable self-regard: He appears confident voters will appreciate his superiority regardless of where he journeys or what he becomes to meet his political ambitions.

From an article entitled. The Molten Core of Barack: Why Obama Can’t Win

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-castellanos/the-molten-core-of-barack_b_116904.html

It’s amazing that HuffPo posted this.

Cody1991 on August 6, 2008 at 7:44 PM

How is chumming around Europe going to help Michelle’s children??

$1,000 a pop you say???

$10 Rib if you really want to rub elbows??

Never mind….

BigWyo on August 6, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Update: Hugh Hewitt and Duane Patterson wonder how long it will take before Switzerland goes under the bus. Hugh says three days, and Duane a week. I’m betting it will take longer than that. The Adams dinner alone will raise $750,000, and the Clooney reception could push that close to a million bucks. That would make it a very expensive road bump.

Is there a military hospital Obama can visit to make up for his screw up in Germany? Maybe an International Red Cross outpost? If there is, he will go, if not Obama’s appearance at La tour de Suisse will be cancelled toute suite, but the fundraiser will still go on without him.

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Somebody needs to do the math on fuel consumption round-trip to Switzerland, for Obambi and each of his Hollywood friends who will charter or fly their own private jets.

There goes all the oil saved by inflating our tires.

fogw on August 6, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Don’t large amounts of money going out of or coming into a country have to be declared?

onlineanalyst on August 6, 2008 at 8:23 PM

Gee maybe he will swing by Germany and say hello to the injured troops while he is in Europe,

On 2nd thought…like that will happen.

F15Mech on August 6, 2008 at 8:27 PM

He’s trying to suck the oxygen out of the GOP convention. Look at the timing. He’s dangling another glittering bauble in front of the media to split off coverage. Seems like a lot of bother and expense when simply stuffing a rolled up towel in his shorts crotch would yield more of an emotional high for his media.

a capella on August 6, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Why would he get ANY coverage?

been there done that.. kind of played out already..

You got it partially right, Obama just SUCKS.

Chakra Hammer on August 6, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Just think if Obama wins all these Hollywood bums will not have to be ashamed of their country any more. They can hold their heads up high when they go to Cannes.

gag me.

Terrye on August 6, 2008 at 8:34 PM

Obama doesn’t care about ‘the little people’. The ‘little people don’t have the cash’.

GarandFan on August 6, 2008 at 8:38 PM

Lurking Vet on August 6, 2008 at 7:37 PM

I think you’re right. Maybe Clooney will offer sufficient celebrity appeal all on his own. It will still look crappy for Obama having Hollywood elites and other assorted internationalist boneheads raising big cash for him in Geneva.

forest on August 6, 2008 at 8:56 PM

What is the “NFC”?

Buy Danish on August 6, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Uh…noxious effing communists?

Jaibones on August 6, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Can you imagine if this was Richard Nixon doing this in 1972? Flying off on a private plane to Geneva, Switzerland, for a fancy fundraiser with Bebe Rebozo in tow. Would liberals be up in arms?

RBMN on August 6, 2008 at 9:16 PM

I assume he is going to fly tourist class on United? Surely he is not going to fly on Osama Obama One in his “President” chair and burn a lot of carbon credits? Nobel Laurette Gore will be pissed if he does…even if the plane doesn’t fly an American flag. Are Katie and her buddies packing their bags?

Dingbat63 on August 6, 2008 at 10:45 PM

wonder if the one knows what language to speak while he is in Switzerland and here is a clue for the clueless nobama ….its not French .

Mojack420 on August 7, 2008 at 1:02 AM

Wait a minute – how many people will he be able to draw in who are American citizens? If he draws in Europeans to a campaign fund raiser that means they will be contributing to his election, which is illegal as hell.

{^_^}

herself on August 7, 2008 at 1:14 AM

Check social security numbers to make sure everything is legit. Next stop on the Obamanation tour: Fundraisers Dubai, France, and Pakistan.

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 7, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Note to Sen. McCain:

This is your opportunity to go as Americana as a Norman Rockwell painting. Have a hotdog/apple pie fundraiser in a baseball field surrounded by red, white & blue bunting. Make sure this is contrasted sharply against Obama hustling Eurotrash.

kurtzz3 on August 7, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Wow, the campaign commercials write themselves. Obama doing his campaigning in other countries? Obama doing his fundraising in other countries?

Maybe Obama should run for president of some other country!

taznar on August 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Maybe during the convention, the Republicans can dedicate a large-screen monitor at the Xcel Center to keep track of Obama’s second European jaunt of the campaign.

The “Messiah Cam”.

CliffHanger on August 7, 2008 at 1:05 PM