Just in case the Barack Obama cash convoy slows down a bit, Hollywood celebs are lining up in droves to appear at fundraising events for their presidential candidate fave.
According to the New York Times, scheduled events include the following:“Gray’s Anatomy”’s Ellen Pompeo attended a Seattle event and brought in the campaign bread for Barack.To fund Mr. Obama’s trip to Washington, “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin and “Lethal Weapon” director Richard Donner are set to appear in Beverly Hills for a screening of the classic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”Obama’s famed text messaging friend, Scarlett Johansson, is set to appear in Phoenix to bring in the Arizona desert dollars.To snag some left coast currency, an invitation-only “Black & White Gala” is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles. The event’s honorary board includes Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, Lucy Liu, and Ashley Judd.A Geneva, Switzerland shindig is planned, and to gather in the green, the offshore event will feature George Clooney. For $250, or $10,000 for VIP tickets, folks can join Sarah Jessica Parker and Ann Wintour at a New York fashion fundraiser called “Runway to Change” to raise a bunch of pocket change for Barack.
It looks like going for the gold has taken on a whole new Hollywood meaning. Not everyone in Hollywood is on the same Obama page, though. Michael Moore has been singing a bit of a different tune.
Moore usually can’t stay quiet during a political campaign season. And this year is no exception. In an attempt to insert himself into the current presidential contest, Moore has released a book called “Mike's Election Guide 2008.”
In an excerpt on his Web site, the “Sicko” filmmaker posts a formula for a Barack Obama loss. Titled “How The Democrats Can Blow It . . . In Six Easy Steps,” Moore sets forth a “blueprint for losing the most winnable presidential election in American history.”
Along with items that he claims will cause the presumptive Democrat nominee to eventually lose (like “saying nice things about McCain,” picking “a running mate who is a conservative white guy or a general or a Republican” and “writing speeches for Obama that make him sound like a hawk”) is something that signals a new level of self-absorption even for Moore. Step No. 6 reads, “Denounce me!”
According to Moore, if Obama distances himself from him, it would be a fatal error, politically and strategically.
The “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” documentary maker writes that “Obama, at some point, might be asked this question: ‘Michael Moore has endorsed you. But he recently said (fill in the blank with some outrageously offensive line taken out of context). Will you still accept his endorsement, or do you denounce him?’”
Moore answers his own hypothetical in the following way: “So Barack, by denouncing me, you can help McCain get elected. Because when you denounce me, it's not really me you're distancing yourself from — it's the millions upon millions of people who feel the same way about things as I do.”
The only problem for Moore is that the millions upon millions of people who feel the same way he does live on Planet X and usually vote the tin foil hat party.
James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor, and teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University.
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