Video: Obama’s Invesco sell-out an “underground fundraiser”

posted at 10:40 am on August 20, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Secret web pages and hard-sale tactics have replaced Hope and Change for the Democratic convention. The CBS affiliate in Denver discovered a hidden website that sold tickets to the Invesco Field acceptance speech by Barack Obama on August 29th, while Team Obama continued to deny that tickets were anything but free. Democratic activists complained to the reporters about Obama’s sell-out:

Oddly enough, when CBS started asking questions, the site suddenly stopped offering tickets. What a coincidence!

If anyone wonders why Obama has gone into free fall this summer, this provides an easy explanation. Obama had no executive or military experience and no legislative track record in his three brief years in the US Senate. He sold Democrats on the notion that his New Politics would transform Washington. Since welching on his promise to remain in the public financing system, Obama has repeatedly proven that he’s nothing more than a Chicago machine pol with no particular qualifications to run a state, let alone a nation.

This massive attempt to cash in on his acceptance speech not only goes against everything he supposedly represented in the primaries, it stems from that singular betrayal on reform in June. Without that, he wouldn’t need the cash, and Obama could have appeared to be an agent of change. Instead, he now looks like someone who’s going after every last bit of cash he can find, and from anyone willing to cough it up. Obama has become the Sell-out In Chief in 60 short days.


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He has done this all along. When he was here in Altanta last winter it cost $5.00 (IIRC)to go to the campaign rally.

EJDolbow on August 20, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Wait, are you telling me that Obama LIED? Coooooooooomme Oooooonnnnnnnnn.

Bishop on August 20, 2008 at 10:47 AM

He needs to focus more on raising votes than raising money. He is outspending McCain 2:1 and he is still in a downward spiral.
Perhaps Obama never wanted to become President and is just in it for the cash?

carbon_footprint on August 20, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Empty suit = empty promises.

TooTall on August 20, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Perhaps Obama never wanted to become President and is just in it for the cash?
carbon_footprint on August 20, 2008 at 10:47 AM

More likely both. There is no way he and Michelle can make ends meet on a mere 600k per year.

Bishop on August 20, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Alright, everyone who was scared of this clown just a few months ago, raise your hands.

Come on. Don’t be shy!

Well, okay…all of you that think there’s no difference between this Chicago shyster and John McCain, speak right up.

Man, I just hope they go ahead and nominate this clothes hangar.

Typhoon on August 20, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Rezko apparently taught Obama some things. But Rezko couldn’t teach him how not to get caught. That’s not one of Rezko’s best skills.

RBMN on August 20, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Man, I just hope they go ahead and nominate this clothes hangar.

Typhoon on August 20, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Clothes hangar (sic) is an apt moniker for the baby killer.

carbon_footprint on August 20, 2008 at 10:51 AM

One assumes that using Invesco field didn’t come free. Who’s paying for that? Did Obama try to stick the Dem party with the bill, and sell tickets to raise his own funds? Somehow that wouldn’t surprise me.

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Osama Obama’s not even a good Chicago machine pol.

Take away his self-proclaimed victimhood and entitlement-driven bio, and he’s got nothing.

MrScribbler on August 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Obama has repeatedly proven that he’s nothing more than a Chicago machine pol

Amen.

yo on August 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM

O little song from the O’Jays seems appropriate.

Money money money money, money
Some people got to have it
Some people really need it
Listen to me y’all, do things, do things, do bad things with it
You wanna do things, do things, do things, good things with it
Talk about cash money, money
Talk about cash money- dollar bills, y’all

For the love of money
People will steal from their mother
For the love of money
People will rob their own brother
For the love of money
People can’t even walk the street
Because they never know who in the world they’re gonna beat
For that lean, mean, mean green
Almighty dollar, money

For the love of money
People will lie, Lord, they will cheat
For the love of money
People don’t care who they hurt or beat
For the love of money
A woman will sell her precious body
For a small piece of paper it carries a lot of weight
Call it lean, mean, mean green

Almighty dollar

I know money is the root of all evil
Do funny things to some people
Give me a nickel, brother can you spare a dime
Money can drive some people out of their minds

Got to have it, I really need it
How many things have I heard you say
Some people really need it
How many things have I heard you say
Got to have it, I really need it
How many things have I heard you say
Lay down, lay down, a woman will lay down
For the love of money
All for the love of money
Don’t let, don’t let, don’t let money rule you
For the love of money
Money can change people sometimes
Don’t let, don’t let, don’t let money fool you
Money can fool people sometimes
People! Don’t let money, dont let money change you,
it will keep on changing, changing up your mind.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Hey, don’t look at that man behind the curtain. It’s just a distraction and does nothing to help Michelle’s children. We need to focus on the fact that the Republicans are using racism against The Obamassiah.

There, I put out the Democrats spin for them. And unlike their rallies for The One I won’t even charge them for it.

rbj on August 20, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Ha! Looks like I owe Allahpundit a big ol’ “YOU WERE RIGHT”!

I once said I associated cynicism with Obama more than AP’s word, venality.

Well, AP, you were right. Never doubt the Allahpundit!

RushBaby on August 20, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Typhoon on August 20, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Raising hand here. I’m still afraid of him. I’ll be afraid till November. Let’s not get overconfident.

a capella on August 20, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Pray for hail.

Akzed on August 20, 2008 at 10:56 AM

A free ticket for $1000.

Hmmm….

And you must make contribution, comrade.

Voluntarily, of course.

(with comedic Russian accent)

drjohn on August 20, 2008 at 10:58 AM

I would like to say I am shocked; but I am not. Bill Clinton sold the Lincoln Bedroom. Nothing is off limits to these people (read Dims).

HawaiiLwyr on August 20, 2008 at 10:59 AM

My neighbor’s kids were made to make the Obama sign in school. It’s getting bad.

marklmail on August 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Clothes hangar (sic) is an apt moniker for the baby killer.

carbon_footprint on August 20, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Oh, man…cold.

And good.

(hanger)

Typhoon on August 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM

I’ll bet all the nutroots feel really really good about sending in their tens and twenties to the candidate of change, the corporation crusher, the guy who was going to shake up the establishment and usher in a new political sunrise.

You can lead a liberal to knowledge, but you can’t make him think.

Bishop on August 20, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Call Obama “The Hanger”. Abortion Radical AND Empty Suit

marklmail on August 20, 2008 at 11:05 AM

He sold Democrats on the notion that his New Politics would transform Washington.

Do I really need to point out that his new politics would transform Washington?

Oh, and Stop Swiftboating Obama!

/lib

JohnJ on August 20, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Axelrod has built the most expensive and profligate campaign operation in history. The rate at which he is burning through cash is shocking even experienced campaign pros.

My husband is on the Obama email list and they are up to two and three fundraising appeals a day, literally spamming their own supporters with desperate pleas for more cash. It sure doesn’t look like a campaign with a comfortable cash position or a comfortable lead in the polls.

rockmom on August 20, 2008 at 11:06 AM

It makes me laugh to think how nostalgic Dems are going to be for Bill Clinton, along this line of thinking:

if we have to nominate a candidate who is an insecure congenital liar with no ethics and a ruthless political agenda that seems to eschew ideology, couldn’t we at least find someone smarter?

Jaibones on August 20, 2008 at 11:08 AM

and someone really expected more from the affirmative action candidate?

elduende on August 20, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Obama would have to pay ME to sit through one of his speeches. It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard to listen to his arrogant, elitist, rhetoric.

highhopes on August 20, 2008 at 11:09 AM

if we have to nominate a candidate who is an insecure congenital liar with no ethics and a ruthless political agenda that seems to eschew ideology, couldn’t we at least find someone smarter?

Jaibones on August 20, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Time for Hillary to show up and remind Dems precisely why the opted for the empty suit.

highhopes on August 20, 2008 at 11:10 AM

You need the full crotch shot of that Obama picture.

The video is even better with the sounds from the press pool. I think you can even hear their drool hitting the floor.

danking70 on August 20, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Actually, abortophiles wave clothes hangers around at their marches etc to allege what would happen were abortion to become illegal again.

Akzed on August 20, 2008 at 11:11 AM

I can’t wait to see this Marxist coup attempt on America fail hard. We must keep working our butts off to make it so. Everyone, spread the word to friends, family, and coworkers about Obama “The Clothes Hanger.”

alteredbeat on August 20, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Makes me wonder what other secret websites might be floating around, what other secret deals are being made.

Hey MSM, when are you going to investigate Oba….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I just couldn’t hold it in.

Bishop on August 20, 2008 at 11:14 AM

(hanger)

Typhoon on August 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM

You started a meme and was not even aware of it!
: )

carbon_footprint on August 20, 2008 at 11:14 AM

I have to wonder what effect this is all having on the super delegates.

The Clinton’s have been very quiet…………too quiet.

Is it possible that Obama will be sent to join the folks he threw under the bus?

His glitter is fading very quickly.

Talon on August 20, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Axelrod has built the most expensive and profligate campaign operation in history. The rate at which he is burning through cash is shocking even experienced campaign pros

If Obama flames out as it looks he may, I envision Axelrod sitting cross legged on a mat with the sash on his kimona untied, and meditating over the blade he holds in his hands.

a capella on August 20, 2008 at 11:16 AM

You need the full crotch shot of that Obama picture.

I was thinking the same thing. Ed is denying us all of the Messiah ‘package’.

carbon_footprint on August 20, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Take away his self-proclaimed victimhood and entitlement-driven bio, and he’s got nothing.

MrScribbler on August 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Well, he still has Michelle Obama and we all know what a treasure that is! ;-0

highhopes on August 20, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Obama is an example of the hubris of the left. They actually believe the American public is as stupid as the left has claimed all along. The left is in the process of finding out that this may not necessarily be so.

He has lied about being a Muslim see this article for why this is a lie. He has lied about his connections to terrorists Bill Ayers. He has lied about his connections to Rezko, Wright, and has hidden his dealings with others. He is the dirtiest politician in modern times to seek the Presidency. Quite a feat considering Clinton.

PierreLegrand on August 20, 2008 at 11:29 AM

My neighbor’s kids were made to make the Obama sign in school. It’s getting bad.

marklmail on August 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Are you serious?! Reminds me of my 8th grade experience during the Ford/Carter election cycle. It was gungho for Carter by my teachers; I was actually given poor grades because I was a Ford supporter (even though my answers were the same as kids who got high grades). A call from my parents stopped that nonsense.

KrisinNE on August 20, 2008 at 11:31 AM

If Obama flames out as it looks he may, I envision Axelrod sitting cross legged on a mat with the sash on his kimona untied, and meditating over the blade he holds in his hands.

But since he has no honor to preserve, I see him getting a kushy job in leftist circles somewhere.

alteredbeat on August 20, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Fraud alert.

NoDonkey on August 20, 2008 at 11:36 AM

I wonder how many liberal RATS sent in their hard earned dough to this dufus thinking that they had finally discovered their true “leader” destined to return them to the promised land. Now…as everything is crumbling before their eyes they are left to stamp their tiny little liberal feet and bang their tiny little liberal fists and wonder WHY!!!! Oh the humanity!!!! Mwuhahahahah!!!!!

sabbott on August 20, 2008 at 11:42 AM

So they’re donating to build a luxury suite on the Titanic, that’s a nice gold-plated toilet you have there, to bad it’s going to end up at the bottom of the Atlantic.

At least Barack will always have Paris and Munich.

Dope.

NoDonkey on August 20, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Nothing but admiration here. Where else in the world can a bunch of Marxists strike it rich getting the lefty masses to cough up their hard earned money to buy nothing more than an idea of Hope & Change?

God, I love America, the land where the ideals of free enterprise and individual effort reign supreme.

Oh, yeah, and caveat emptor, folks.

Dusty on August 20, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Do the math. 70,000 people times $1,000/person = $70 million for the Obama campaign. How to turn down $85 million in public campaign financing without losing (much) money.

Now we know why Obama didn’t want to give his acceptance speech in the convention hall. Too small, not enough room for donor$, all those Hillary delegates taking up valuable space, all that lo$t ca$h!

Steve Z on August 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM

he’s nothing more than a Chicago machine pol with no particular qualifications to run a state, let alone a nation.

I’m not convinced this economic illiterate is qualified to run the local news stand, let alone a state.

AZCoyote on August 20, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Obama’s campaign being hypocritcal and dishonest?!?!

GASP!

Say it isn’t so!!!

ToddonCapeCod on August 20, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 10:53 AM

“Money, money, money. Must be funny…in a rich man’s world.”

ABBA ;)

Connie on August 20, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Connie on August 20, 2008 at 12:00 PM

“It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…That’s the world! On which hope sits!”

–BHO aka The Messiah

Hypocrisy indeed.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Pray for hail.

Akzed on August 20, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Via the Weather Channel, here’s the forecast for Denver next week. Things are looking good for Obama as of now, though if the weather patterns speed up, he could have some T-storm problems.

jon1979 on August 20, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Isn’t the internet great!

How many people outside Denver would know about this without it? None.

You’d think Katie Couric would pick up this story for the CBS Evening News. Wouldn’t you, wouldn’t you, wouldn’t you…

Stories like this are the reason they want to shut up Rush AND play with the idea of shutting up the internet.

rockhead on August 20, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Its gonna be funny when the supposed ceremonial Hillary rollcall turns out actually nominating her by accident.

AverageJoe on August 20, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Obama has become the Sell-out In Chief in 60 short days.

Not to mention he can make W seem like a great orator when he doesn’t have the teleprompter in front of him.

Wildcatter1980 on August 20, 2008 at 1:31 PM

this is Lemont vs Liberman all over again except it is now on the national stage. Lemont was able to rally the nitwits in the primary but once the hard left canidate gets to the general election the moderate beats them all the time.

unseen on August 20, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Obamalies get used to them.

Chakra Hammer on August 20, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Minor point, but I believe the ‘free’ speech by The Teleprompter is on the 28th.

RW_theoriginal on August 20, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Hi, Typhoon:

Man, I just hope they go ahead and nominate this clothes hangar.

A ‘hangar’ is a building or structure where one parks an aircraft.

Weren’t Obama’s lackeys ‘selling’ tickets to Invesco in exchange for ‘Mandatory Volunteerism’ just a few short weeks ago?

My guess is that Obama’s going to invite one heck of a lot of empty seats the Invesco non-event that will not be privy to overhead helicopter or Goodyear blimp shots.

Just my two cents.

Jack.

Jack Deth on August 20, 2008 at 5:52 PM