“Star-Studded” ObamaCare Celebration Features No Stars

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Politico is reporting that the ObamaCare celebration was a star-studded event. Even in the imaginary universe that the left’s media corps permanently resides in, in which Barack Obama is a genius, Michelle Obama is the most beautiful woman in America and ObamaCare is wildly popular, this is a star-studded event with no stars.

It had less stars than most Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

President Barack Obama celebrated the completion of the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act with a star-studded reception at the White House on Thursday.

“Nashville” actress Connie Britton, former “Blossom” star and current “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik and Bill Nye the Science Guy were among those on hand, as were Vice President Joe Biden, departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other Cabinet members.

See stars such as…. Bill Nye the Science Guy, Joe Biden and Mayim Bialik. But wait the star-studded cast also included mega-celebs like…

Other celebrities on hand included Adam Scott of “Parks and Recreation,” actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn and actress Aisha Tyler. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Labor Secretary Tom Perez also attended.

It’s like Oscar night if it was held at Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab.

Obama used to be able to draw top music and movie stars. Now all he could get was a bunch of people who appear somewhere on television.They’re not, for the most part, the stars of anything.

Most of them are sidekicks. Which seems appropriate.

So what went wrong? Why couldn’t Katy Perry or George Clooney make it? Because they might be moonbats but even they don’t want to be associated with the ObamaCare Party.

Just like no network wanted to air it.

With limited exceptions, stars have largely failed to participate in a substantial ad campaign to promote Obama-Care’s new coverage options.

To date, the only noteworthy celebrities appearing on behalf of ObamaCare in national ads are retired NBA players Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning, who left professional basketball in 1991 and 2009, respectively.

And no, Magic didn’t show up to this clown show. He was too busy giving his 20th interview whining about Sterling.

Contrary to expectations, the White House’s A-list backers have mainly stuck to Twitter to voice support for ObamaCare, while others have appeared in inexpensive online videos, or chosen to promote California’s insurance marketplace instead of HealthCare.gov, the notoriously troubled website for the federal exchanges.

It seems that not even the president’s most fervent and committed supporters want to get too close to ObamaCare. Some of Obama’s most powerful allies — figures including Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Springsteen and Beyoncé — have stayed in the wings for the enrollment push.

Why put themselves out on the line when they can just let their assistants tweet #GetCovered so they still get invited to White House parties.

So instead the ObamaCare celebration had to settle for Adam Scott, who was also one of the few celebs to show up to the Demand a Plan event.

Basically if you put food out, Adam Scott will show up at your house.

He’s clearly not picky.

Kal Penn will show up everywhere Obama goes for reasons best left unexplored. And Mayim Bialik is what happens when no other member of the cast of Big Bang Theory will show up to your event.

Can’t get the Indian guy? Uh okay. How about Mayim. She’ll need a ride though.

But who needs stars when you’ve got Kathleen Sebelius?

Obama also offered a shoutout to the people who worked on HealthCare.gov and other technical aspects, leading a “tech team! tech team!” chant.

It was either that or “$800 million down the hole”.

Local officials including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Mark Holland attended, as did a small contingent of ACA supporters from Texas, including state Sen. Garnet Coleman and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

So this was basically the saddest party ever.

  • Gee

    Wow I actually heard of one of them! Bill Nye – though I never watched whatever show he was on

    • Daniel Greenfield

      probably because he’s been ranting a lot about global warming lately

    • Eduardo

      Bill Nye is Mr. Wizard 2.0.

      He is not as good as the original.

      http://www.mrwizardstudios.com/

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_Mr._Wizard

    • BS77

      I never heard of any of these people. What is there to celebrate anyway? I guess one could theoretically celebrate the loss of billions of dollars the loss of thousands of jobs . Celebrate Celebrate dance to the music.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Well, someday, when Obama’s retired on his post-presidential retirement plan and is being escorted by the Secret Service to all his $250,000+/fee speaking engagements around the world (why let Bill Clinton have all the fun??), someone from Hollywood will persuade him to star in his own TV program, “Barack the Health Care Guy,” with him generously donating his salary to his favorite charity, The Muslim Brotherhood. And then he can appear on someone else’s “star-studded” celebration of something.

  • truebearing

    I hear the Death Panel got up and did some mean heavy metal. They dedicated their first song, “We Lied” to Sarah Palin.

  • Ken Zevo

    I was unfamiliar with the name “Mayim Bialik”, even tho I am a big fan of The Big Bang Theory TV show, so I looked her up on Wikipedia. She plays the role of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler (Sheldon Cooper’s “friend who is a girl”), has a real-life Ph.D. in neurobiology, and … (drum roll, plz) …

    … she is not just Jewish, but a self-admitted staunch Zionist!

    “In a 2012 interview, Bialik stated that she would call herself “aspiring Modern Orthodox”.[27] Bialik also has described herself as a “staunch Zionist”.[3] She has appeared in several YouTube cameos as Blossom and Amy Farrah Fowler[28] asking questions about Jewish beliefs. The videos are produced by Allison Josephs, Bialik’s Judaism study partner, whom she met with the help of Partners in Torah.”

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayim_Bialik

    Which begs the question: why is she supporting President Obama, who has been considerably less-than-helpful (sorry, I am feeling generous tonight) towards Israel over the past 5 years of his presidency?

    Well, she’s also a vegan, a celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network, and has been criticized for supporting views that go against the findings of science, including anti-vaccine and homeopathy (amongst other leftward-leaning issues), so I guess THAT question answers itself.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I have no idea what her politics are. Events like these are often arranged by publicists based on what they think a good profile would be.

      But in this case it looks like they were taking anyone they could get and vice versa

      • hrwolfe

        I read an interview with her once somewhere and she has all the classic extreme left views, Global Warming, carbon footprint and don’t diaper your baby let them run naked and free, sorry she is funny in her role on TV but once the credits roll that is enough of her “thought” for me. A Phd in this day and age can mean nothing nothing more that the patiance it took to out last the rest and shine in indoctrination.

        • Ken Zevo

          True. I’ve known a few people with Ph.D’s and they pretty universally agree that, when the weight of your dissertation equals the weight of your body, then (and ONLY then) will they quit jerking you around 24/7 and award you the friggun’ degree, with pretty much no-further-questions-asked at that point, lol.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Not too surprising. A PhD never had much to do with common sense anyway.

      • Ken Zevo

        Good point. It could simply have been a target of opportunity for her publicist, and a quick check (plus a chance to meet The Prez) for her. The fact that Ms. Bialik’s politics are, and have been, rather left-of-left field for years probably didn’t hurt her chances any – even tho I agree completely that this event was very likely just a “warm body” casting call, given the lack of any better names showing up (as you’ve outlined nicely in your article above.)

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Considering the usual quality of celebs they get and the poor catch here, they clearly took anything they could get who was on anything current on TV.

  • Eduardo

    Bill Nye is dead to me. I will not watch him nor buy any merchandise or books that he pushes. He has sold his soul.

    Before they was Bill Nye there was Mr. Wizard, which proves that Mr. Nye is eminently replaceable

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_Mr._Wizard
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Herbert
    http://www.mrwizardstudios.com/

    • Eduardo

      Bill Nye is Mr Wizard 2.0.
      Mr Wizard 2.0 is toxic. Time to Move On. Get the original or lets get to version 3.0. There certainly is a job opening because Bill Nye is being fired form his job in millions of homes.

    • glpage

      When Bill Nye said the science was settled on global warming I came to the conclusion he is the Pseudo Science Guy. If he really knew anything about science he would never say any science is settled.

  • bob e

    barry should have asked a few old friends from the ‘down low’ club ..

  • Mikey

    Kal Penn and Scott Adams.
    Scott Adams is fairly bright guy with a fair amount of perseverance and energy. I am reading one of his books now. Some of what he says is interesting and he is a decent guy. I have to wonder about his wisdom.
    I checked Kal Penn’s biography out. It had unexplained holes in it.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      it’s not Scott Adams, he’s a libertarian

      • Mikey

        I’m not going to claim dyslexia. But I now see, I clearly made a mistake. Thank God it was Adam Scott and not Scott Adams who showed up.

        I’ll stand by the rest of my comments.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Scott Adams is a lot more famous so it’s an easy mistake to make.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    http://images.usatoday.com/Wires2Web/20070612/1957023305_Obit_Herbertx.jpg

    “I didn’t fly those combat missions in WW2 so Nye could mince around in a bow tie.”

  • sb36695

    Obamacaresless is only for the little people, so why shouldn’t they party?

  • Habbgun

    Its so bad I heard the Choom Gang turned him down.

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