Less than 48 hours after Hurricane Sandy swept through New York City, shutting down the subway system, leaving people starving and driving law enforcement through flooded homes in search of bodies, Obama’s Hollywood friends held a party. Or rather, a Hulaween. The party was French-themed. Debra Messing, one of the attendees and a huge Obama supporter, showed up dressed as Marie Antoinette. Yes, really.
The party was hosted by Bette Midler, who has been a vocal Obama proponent, tweeting out Obama talking points as though she were masquerading as Jim Messina. Just a few days ago, she got into an extremely entertaining Twitter fight with Donald Trump, in which she accused him of ruining New York, and he fired back, “While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct.”
Leaving aside Midler’s physical attributes, she’s certainly unattractive politically. This week, she showed that she was in touch with the common man by explaining just how rough it was to run a lavish party at the Waldorf Astoria in the aftermath of a storm. “We had no idea that this was gonna happen of course, that we were gonna have the devastation of Sandy,” she told Us Weekly. “But there’s never been a time where our organization is needed more.”
Midler’s organization is the New York Restoration Project, which is devoted to “green spaces” around the city. The event raised some $1.8 million for the cause. Which is great. Except that there are people searching through dumpsters for food a couple miles away. $1.8 million would buy an awful lot of bread (or cake).
But Midler seems less than concerned about those folks. “When I said yes to [keeping the date],” Midler continued, “I didn’t realize how stressful it was going to be. It’s been unbelievably stressful.” She then blamed global warming for the Hurricane.
This is the definition of out of touch. Stressful is living without power for weeks on end. Stressful is searching for fresh food. Stressful is not planning a glitterati party so that Michael Kors can call you a delight.
But these are the folks that Obama thrills to. His political rise has been celebrity-driven from the outset. During the Friday night Hurricane Sandy relief telethon, the president’s allies at NBC trotted out some of his favorite celebs for an Obama-feting ceremony celebrating what they regard as the president’s tremendous leadership. Which, so far, has consisted of signing checks and walking on water in New Jersey.
NBC could have chosen anybody to sing. So whom did they choose? Bruce Springsteen, who has campaigned all over the country for Obama; he even penned lyrics to an asinine “song” called “Forward,” with these lyrics: “I kissed your sister and I kissed your mama/ Usually this time of day I’m in your pajamas / Let’s vote for the man who got Osama / Forward and away we go. / I came to Ohio lookin’ for a date / We kissed and I said it’s a helluva state / We made love but it wasn’t so great / Forward, and away we go / Smilin’ Joe, he really brought the drama / Tuesday, Romney was schooled by Obama / Forward!” The show will also feature Jon Bon Jovi (he played fundraisers in Iowa), Sting (who said Obama was “sent from God”), Christina Aguilera, and Billy Joel (who did events for Obama in 2008). Jimmy “Slow-Jam-The-News” Fallon will MC.
Obama has spent four years ignoring his constitutional duty and instead enjoying his fame and fortune; only in the last week has he decided to put on his Martin Sheen mask and play the president. Sadly for him, he’s a terrible actor. And even worse, his friends aren’t good at acting like they care about the people. When Lena Dunham cuts ads suggesting that voting is like sex with Obama, that’s gross. When Jon Hamm of Mad Men cuts get out the vote ads for Colorado, he just sounds condescending. And when Scarlett Johansson talks – well, let’s just say that talking is the weakest part of her repertoire.
When Obama is no longer president, he can hobnob at places like Hulaween. But until then, he should disassociate from folks who think that dressing as Marie Antoinette while people eat from garbage cans is appropriate conduct.
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