While Americans were busy scraping together pennies to try to pay for health insurance plans Barack Obama has demanded they buy, but canâ€™t afford, Obama was in California fundraising at the mansion of the 144thÂ richest person in America.
Hopping aboard Air Force One to burn up jet fuel costing an astounding $181K per hour, Obama put his priorities in order and jetted out to the sprawling Beverly Hills Estate of Egyptian-born Israeli-American television and media proprietor of Power Ranger fame, Haim Saban. Sabanâ€™s wife Cheryl was nominated by Obama to be the US representative at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly.
The people who showed up at the Sabansâ€™ humble abode were willing to pay $16,200 per plate to hear Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Haim Saban(D-NY), and Michael Bennet, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), talk drivel.
Californiaâ€™s very own Barbara Boxer was among the other politicians who attended the festivities.
The tony attendees included the Godfather of Black Music, Motown mogul, Clarence Avant, his wife Jacqueline, and their daughter Nicole, who serves as U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas.Â Netflix executive Ted Sarandos was Nicoleâ€™s guest.
SunAmericaâ€™s Edythe and Eli Broad were there and neither one seemed to mind that the guest of honor had just thrown Israel under the bus.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, Motownâ€™s Berry Gordy, actors Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, and 90s sitcom star Paul Reiser showed up. Oprah mogul Michael King and his Healthy Child/Healthy World philanthropist wife Jenna, along with Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer and his wife Wendy, chairwoman of the board of United Friends of the Children (who arenâ€™t aborted), all slapped down $16K each to listen to Obama yammer for 14 minutes.
Gladly â€˜sharing the wealthâ€™ with each other, the Sabans held the dinner party under what was described as a â€œspectacular [heated] pitched tentâ€¦with shimmering light brown fabricâ€¦four palm tree-inspired chandeliersâ€¦bathed in orange/gold lightâ€¦[decorated] with bouquets of pink roses,â€ complete with â€œan elaborate fountainâ€¦in the middle of the tent.â€
Mr. Saban jokingly read Obama the riot act for not providing valet parking when he and his wife dined privately with the president and first lady for a â€œgreat food, great company, very inspiringâ€¦small intimate dinnerâ€ at the White House.
To ensure that White House guests donâ€™t have to hoof it to the White House, Saban, generous soul that he is, declared, â€œWe have valet parking at the Sabans! So, Mr. President if you would please, thank you. Taxpayersâ€™ money? Iâ€™ll fund it, no problem.â€
Saban criticized Fox News and called out Rush Limbaugh by name for haranguing the president over the â€œtechnical glitch on the Obamacare website.â€
The gazillionaire blamed everyone but Obama for having â€œclouded some of the most remarkable achievements of [the Obama] administration.â€
Immediately after complaining that taxpayers donâ€™t fund valet parking, Mr. Saban then listed Obamaâ€™s accomplishments so that his guests could â€œsee things with perspective without allowing the caffeine thatâ€™s in the tea partyâ€™s rhetoric to keep us up at night worrying.â€
Thrilled guests listened as their host, who obviously hasnâ€™t been keeping up with the news, mentioned Obamaâ€™s record on foreign policy, saying, â€œWeâ€™re out of Iraq, weâ€™re out of Afghanistanâ€ and â€œthe presidentâ€™s commitment to Israelâ€™s security has never been stronger.â€
The American-Israeli host did not mention that Obama, who had the clout to hobnob with California billionaires, chose not to negotiate for the release of three Americans, one of whom is a Christian pastor, all still imprisoned in Iran.
Barack Obama, who prides himself on speaking behalf of the middle class, shared for a snippet of time, making sure to touch upon the pressingly urgent valet parking controversy at the White House.
The star-studded evening started at a small-scale $2,500 to $15,000 per-ticket fundraiser for 160 people held at famous womanizer Earvin Magic Johnsonâ€™s and his wife Cookieâ€™s pad.
The former Los Angeles Laker called Barack Obama â€œthe greatest leader in the world,â€ which makes one wonder whether, besides having slept with 3,000 women, Magic Johnson also nibbled on 3,000 magic mushrooms.
At that soiree were Samuel L. Jackson and family, Ashley Lewis, LA Clippers Antawn Jamison and JJ Redick and Redickâ€™s wife Chelsea. Diane â€˜Annie Hallâ€™ Keaton was there, as well as a large busload of Democrat politicians that included San Francisco Supervisor London Breed, Xavier Becerra, Linda Sanchez and Mark Takano.
After spending the night resting from the whirlwind of excitement, Barack Obama attended a $32,400-per-guestÂ breakfast event (man alive, those better be some awesome waffles) at the home of Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman. After which the president has plans to visit and give a speech on the economy and the entertainment industry, both of which he knows nothing about, at mega donor Jeffrey Katzenbergâ€˜s DreamWorks Animation HQ.
All along the fundraising route, despite his 37% approval rate, Obama was cheered as he talked about teamwork, Obamacare, immigration reform, the economy, and, of utmost importance, his commitment to providing gazillionaires with valet parking when arriving for intimate dinners at the White House.