Skip to comments.Robin Williams and Stevie Wonder raise funds for Obama
Posted on 09/30/2004 2:22:37 PM PDT by chicagolady
CHICAGO -- Friday night, Grammy award winner Stevie Wonder and comedian Robin Williams, two outspoken critics of President Bush, will be in Chicago to raise $500 per person for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama.
Pop and soul singer Stevie Wonder, who campaigned on behalf of Al Gore in 2000, will be joined by Robin Williams, who has been an outspoken critic of President Bush.
Earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival before a group of international journalists and film critics, Williams criticized Bush's decision to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein and questioned the search for WMDs.
"Bush is complaining about a lack of intelligence, which seems sort of redundant," Williams, a native of Chicago, said. "They say they don't know if Iraq had any WMDs - well, all they have to do is ask [Vice President Dick] Cheney for the receipts."
Williams, 53, has criticized Bush for the past four years. In 2000, when Bush was running as a "compassionate conservative," Williams joked that Bush sounds like someone who drives "a Volvo with a gun rack."
In one performance, Williams and good friend comedianne Whoopi Goldberg used unfiltered vulgar language when talking about the President, causing a national uproar.
"We have a president for whom English is a second language," Williams said. "He's like 'We have to get rid of dictators,' but he's pretty much one himself."
Obama has been equally strong in his criticism of the President's decision to enter Iraq in the war on terrorism, but has parted with other Democrats earlier this week when he said he would consider bombing Iran to rid the country of possible nucleur weapons.
The state senator who won in a tough primary and was flung into national ranks at the Democratic National Convention in August has raised almost $13 million dollars for his U.S. Senate campaign as of the last report to the Federal Election Commission. He is leading in statewide polls over his Republican opponent Alan Keyes by a margin as wide as fifty percentage points.
The next campaign finance reports will be submitted on September 30.
Obama has not publicly distanced himself from comments made by Williams concerning the president.
At a concert earlier this year, Williams said, "We're here tonight because of the Shrub, you know who I'm talking about. George W. Bush, Jr.," Williams stated. "The W stands for 'where the Hell is it?' You know, you look at George W. and you realize some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some get it as a graduation gift. So sad. I just want to ask the Secret Service, is it true that his Secret Service code name is Gilligan?"
Senate Barack Obama (D) $9,834,752
Alan L. Keyes (R) $37,829
Barack Obama (D)
Raised: $9,834,752 Spent: $6,671,641 Cash on hand: $3,393,281 Last Report: 6/30/2004
PACs: $611,530 (6%) Individuals: $9,129,650 (93%) Candidate: $1,000 (0%) Other: $92,572 (1%)
What part of Obama really needs the money don't you understand? George Soros is a huge contributor to the obama brigade.
Do you need any other excuse for a Chicago Chapter FREEP???????????
What is the joke about Stevie Wonder taken to the wrong venue and he would never know the differance??
I don't know what Stevie sees in Obama???
2004 RACE: ILLINOIS SENATE
Barack Obama (D)
University of Chicago $109,500
Kirkland & Ellis $77,300
Henry Crown & Co $70,000
Exelon Corp $63,650
Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal $63,200
Soros Fund Management $62,000
Simmons Firm $56,500
Jenner & Block $56,110
Sidley, Austin et al $54,920
Northwestern University $53,380
Ariel Capital Management $51,800
Goldman Sachs $47,500
Mayer, Brown et al $46,200
Tejas Securities $46,000
Piper Rudnick LLP $45,250
Skadden, Arps et al $45,164
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $34,000
Holland Capital Management $32,250
Miner, Barnhill & Galland $31,625
University of Illinois $30,400
They really dont need to raise any money for him, he cant lose. Im not even sure id vote for Keys, im no RINO but im also not a bible thumper who likes to tell everyone else how to live thier lives.
In English, shouldn't it be "He says, 'We have...."
How about: "Robin Williams and Stevie Wonder raise money to ensure that babies that survive abortions get thrown in the trash alive"?
I'm looking for something in October that we can plan well in advance at get at least twelve freepers there to crash the event and confront Osamabama directly with some tough questions.
In the meantime though, anyone who wants to go after Obama on Friday, I say go for it!
Heads up Chicagoland freepers.
None of these guys seem to know the difference.
My guess is nothing, since he's BLIND!!! LOL. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
What? Keyes is being outspend 260-to-1? What the hell?
Are the Republicans even trying to win, or are they intentionally trying to lose?
Huh...and all this time, the Leftists have been saying that Republicans are the ones with deep pockets.
I think the person who deserved to be freeped the most in this case is Robin Williams. I've known for a while he was a liberal Dem, but ususally the guys limits the political stuff to stage humor. We don't need another Hollyweird entertainer shoving his image onto a campaign.
Not only is Stevie "Wonder" blind but terminally dumb.
Somebody pointed out to me yesterday that they had drastically reduced the admission price to this event...they weren't getting enough takers.
I would be really p.o.ed if my alma mater contributed to political candidates. They must be private universities, no? Wonder where you could find out...
"you realize some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some get it as a graduation gift."
And some from doing cocaine. Right, Mr. Williams?
Is that what brought you to a higher plane of enlightenment?
It helped you to realize how raising money for a pro-infanticide candidate is a great cause, right?
I wouldn't go if they Paid me!!
The Great Black Hope...not....hpefully.
He's as dangerous as Her Royal Cankleness.
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