Obama to celebrities: “You’re the ultimate arbiter” of this country’s direction

posted at 5:56 pm on June 15, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the home of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick for a joint fundraising appearance on Thursday night, during which the president offered the gathered stars a rather frightening piece of flattery.

The intimate dinner banked about $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each. …

Speaking in a dimly lighted, art-filled room, Obama told supporters they would play a critical role in an election that would determine a vision for the nation’s future.

“You’re the tie-breaker,” he said. “You’re the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes.”

Among the celebrities on hand to hear Obama’s remarks were Oscar winner Meryl Streep, fashion designer Michael Kors and Vogue editor Anna Wintour…

The president and Mrs. Obama also headlined a second glitzy fundraiser in Manhattan Thursday night that included a performance from singer Mariah Carey and remarks by singer Alicia Keys. The 250-person dinner yielded the Obama campaign at least $2.5 million.

Let me be clear.

ar·bi·ter

[ahr-bi-ter] noun

1. a person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge; umpire.
2. a person who has the sole or absolute power of judging or determining.

Who knows whether The One meant to merely butter up the glamorous group of One Percenters assembled specifically to give him gobs of cash, or if he actually believes what he just said — but either way, consider me outrageously outraged. I don’t think I could come up with a group of people less suited to the task of passing the “ultimate” judgment on the state of our nation.

I’m not knocking what celebrities do for a living — I enjoy the artistry of movies, music, and fashion as much as the next gal. But, if Mitt Romney is ostensibly “out of touch” with the middle class and “removed” from the issues concerning the common man because he was a movin’ and shakin’ businessman who earned a large fortune… I don’t even know what to say. The hypocrisy confounds me.

These wealthy Hollywood types seem to dearly love their Occupy-solidarity and their “war on women” and their extreme environmentalism, issues about which most Americans don’t care at all. President Obama heeds their opinions at his own peril, writes Michael Barone:

But there is one group of people Obama has to listen to: the people who give him large sums of money. He recently attended his 150th fundraiser. That’s more than the number attended by the last four presidents put together.

Obama has seen enough Architectural Digest-type interiors in Park Avenue triplexes and Beverly Hills mansions, and on the block in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, where every house is owned by a billionaire, to develop an expertise in Louis XV walnut commodes and Brunschwig & Fils fabrics.

He’s also had plenty of chances to absorb the advice of the kind of rich liberals who like to give money to Democratic presidents. And the evidence that he has taken some of that advice is his initiatives on three controversial issues…

If the same-sex marriage reversal seems somewhat risky politically and the contraception mandate considerably riskier, the Keystone pipeline decision seems downright foolish politically. Voters tend to favor it by 2-1 margins, and if they’re not aware of it, the Republicans (and maybe the pro-pipeline unions) will make sure they are.


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Matthew has to keep her inside on the 4th, loud noises can lead her to bolt and run to exhaustion. Last time they found her collapsed in a pasture upstate.

slickwillie2001 on June 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM

…pretend President with pretend people…

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Matthew has to keep her inside on the 4th, loud noises can lead her to bolt and run to exhaustion. Last time they found her collapsed in a pasture upstate.

slickwillie2001 on June 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM

5/2 at Fingers when paired with the 1a, but bombs have been coming in all day, so I’d put my money elsewhere.

Gingotts on June 15, 2012 at 7:24 PM

OK, but I knew what “shabby chic” meant before Rush explained it this morning. Who knew Sarah Jessica was into shabby chic? Maybe she should be our ultimate arbiter.

J.E. Dyer on June 15, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Matthew Broderick’s been cheating on SJP.
So, that’s a good role model? That’s a social arbiter?
Shameless, clueless, rudderless.

vityas on June 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I don’t care what y’all say! SJP is smoking hot!!

lol!

Battlecruiser-operational on June 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I think this woman martried the wrong guy.
She should have married John Kerry
;-)

burrata on June 15, 2012 at 7:34 PM

vityas on June 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

And he’s not even the worst of them. So Obummer thinks people like oh maybe Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Nick Nolte, Michael Jackson, and on and on are the arbiters of our society. If that’s true we’re seriously screwed.

dentarthurdent on June 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM

“You’re the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes.”

Uh huh. Proof postive of oligarchy under which we live.

dukecitygirl on June 15, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I was going to say she looks like Mr. Ed …

Rixon on June 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Do you mean Ed Morrissey or the Talking Horse?

KS Rex on June 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Granted Morrissey ain’t no Miss America but he’s better looking than the Talking Horses, both the one on the old TV show and Bueller’s.

Bubba Redneck on June 15, 2012 at 7:39 PM

There just aren’t words to express how utterly ridiculous this is. And the sad truth is, a LOT of Americans will agree with him.
We’re so screwed in November.

americanmama on June 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Battlecruiser-operational

Brother, you need to go to the lasik doctor.

avgjo on June 15, 2012 at 7:45 PM

“He spoke about how the economy was recovering on the strength of American grit, and he described the differences between himself and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.”

New Obomba slogan: Let them eat grits.

ray on June 15, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Matthew has to keep her inside on the 4th, loud noises can lead her to bolt and run to exhaustion. Last time they found her collapsed in a pasture upstate.

slickwillie2001 on June 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM

.
I thought they split, and were no longer together.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Keep doing that chicken.

CW on June 15, 2012 at 8:02 PM

…pretend President with pretend people…

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

.
That’s to the point, and no inaccuracies that I can tell.

Well said. : )

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 8:05 PM

“You’re the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes.”

What an incredibly bizarre thing to say.

logis on June 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Matthew has to keep her inside on the 4th, loud noises can lead her to bolt and run to exhaustion. Last time they found her collapsed in a pasture upstate.

slickwillie2001 on June 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Hahahahahahahah! Second thread winner, even if they are separated.

PatriotGal2257 on June 15, 2012 at 8:12 PM

the Hollywood President…

Hell, he has freaking Spielberg’s company giving campaign marketing advice.

theflyonthewall on June 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Nobody gives a flip what these Hollyweird types think.

Ward Cleaver on June 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Matthew to Sarah, the day after the election: “Honey, why the long face?”

Ward Cleaver on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

I take it that Obama didn’t bring up his old line “at some point you’ve made enough money” at this little money raising soiree.

Those folks could cut their salaries by 75% and still be very wealthy, but no lecture from Obama about their greed, I wonder why?

RJL on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

What is up with her mouth? Is she sticking her tongue out, or what?
AZCoyote on June 15, 2012 at 6:16 PM

No, she’s smiling. It’s just that she’s been sucking on too many Red Hots.

rickv404 on June 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM

SJP is such a SquarePeg.

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I actually liked that show. Didn’t last too long. Jami Gertz grew up into an attractive woman.

Ward Cleaver on June 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Sheesh, the look on her face alone wants to make me vomit…

Can they be any more out of touch with Americans?

ccrosby on June 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Matthew Broderick’s been cheating on SJP.
So, that’s a good role model? That’s a social arbiter?
Shameless, clueless, rudderless.

vityas on June 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I didn’t know that. And you keep up with this type of information? Why?

thuja on June 16, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Saying that someone the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker is “the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes….” is like putting Lindsay Lohan in the category of “role model” for pre-teen and teen-age girls!

pilamaye on June 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

First, Obama has been bringing the novel “Atlas Shrugged” to life. Now, for an encore, he is bringing to life the Film Actors Guild scene from “Team America World Police”.

SubmarineDoc on June 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

First, Obama has been bringing the novel “Atlas Shrugged” to life. Now, for an encore, he is bringing to life the Film Actors Guild scene from “Team America World Police”.

SubmarineDoc on June 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Matt Damon!

Shiny_Tiara on June 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Let’s see. President Obama thinks that a bunch of people that make a living playing make believe, reading words written by someone else, and in a way directed by someone else are the ones that should be telling the rest of us what to do.

Someone explain to me, how Republicans are the party of the elite… Hurry, I’m beginning to think it ain’t so.

WestTexasBirdDog on June 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Big Mo eats skinny, ugly white girls for lunch.

Pork-Chop on June 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

This apparently is part of a “connect the dots” sort of thing …

“It is elites who are creating a conventional wisdom that an incumbent president must run on his economic performance — and therefore must convince voters that things are moving in the right direction.”

J_Crater on June 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

“You’re the tie-breaker,” he said. “You’re the ultimate arbiter of which direction this country goes.”

Obama is almost too disgusting for words. So America should be ruled by actors. Is it November yet!?

Chessplayer on June 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

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