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Obama Raises 2.5 Million for Campaign, Costs New York City 3 Million Plus.
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/11/2011 | The Wall Street Journal Staff

Posted on 08/11/2011 11:15:00 PM PDT by Diogenez

President Barack Obama collected some big bucks Thursday night at a star-studded fund-raiser in the New York home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Among the guests: actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin; comedian Jimmy Fallon, designer Vera Wang, singer Alicia Keys, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who co-hosted the event. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was also there as the guests packed around five tables in a basement room. Hundreds of people awaited the president's arrival on the streets of the West Village near the Weinstein residence, a multi-story brick row house. Weinstein said he had been trying to persuade his wife for three years to have a housewarming party and it had taken Obama to make it happen. "This is a pretty good-looking crowd," Obama said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliciakeys; andrewcuomo; annawintour; campaignerinchief; chrismartin; fundraiding; fundraiser; harveyweinstein; jimmyfallon; newyork; nycpays; obama; obama2012; obamafundraiser; obamafundraises; obamavacation; verawang
In a city forced to close senior centers, fire houses and schools by budget shortfalls, Obama met at the St. Regis with a reported 15 people who paid $30,500 a plate for the privilege. Outside well over 100 police patrolled behind miles of metal barricades muscled into place earlier in the day as hundreds of cars had to be towed to clear way.

In Greenwich Village on two streets and one major avenue more hundreds of cars were towed from both sides of the strees and extra details of hundreds of police on foot and patrol vehicles shmoozed together on both sides of more miles of metal barricades as the tow truck crews worked overtime. 120, mostly media stars, paid the price to rub elbows with The Obama at this reported celebration for gay and lesbian marriage rights.

So this exercize of the friendly squeeze cost the City $3 Millions? That's OK,see. He's their main squeeze - the people who really run the place.

1 posted on 08/11/2011 11:15:04 PM PDT by Diogenez
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To: Diogenez

Cities might be better off paying Obama to stay away.


2 posted on 08/11/2011 11:29:21 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: JimmyMc

All those white-guilt-ridden celebs, filled with angst and American hatred. Makes you sick.

Why don’t they just give all their money to the government and be done with it.


3 posted on 08/11/2011 11:30:48 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Diogenez

New Yawk luvs Obama THAT much!

And for a few starlets to be able to rub elbows with him? Why not have the fete in Washington on the cheap and fly the starlets in. There would be $5 million or so left over for Obama then. I feel free to share this “advice” with Rats because they’d never do anything sensible so it can’t possibly help them.


4 posted on 08/11/2011 11:38:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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5 posted on 08/11/2011 11:40:36 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: JimmyMc
Cities might be better off paying Obama to stay away.

Like the old time Mafia protection racket.

Can just see OBummer telling them, "You pay me 2 mil, I stay away and you save 1 mil, capiche".

6 posted on 08/11/2011 11:41:39 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Why don’t they just give all their money to the government and be done with it

That's not their goal.

The policies they support are designed to make it difficult for the poor to move up and the middle as well.

These types love to have power over people. Money is power.These are the types that would go to the Dominican Republic or Thailand with bad intentions, if you know what I mean. Well, they can also take a trip to the Bronx or Sunset Strip and find the same desperate people.

It's not just a coincidence that these same liberals who support policies that keep the poor desperate are also the same liberals that support legalized prostitution and lowering the age of consent.

I've been told stories about what goes on Sunset Strip at night and how agents of movies stars and the movie stars themselves actually cruise by using drugs and money to attract the runaways kids who left another state to go to Hollywood to be a movie star only to end squatting in different places every night.

Much of liberalism is driven by deeds that are not good.

7 posted on 08/11/2011 11:42:54 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: tsowellfan

What’s with this mass “towing” anyhow — surely this was known about for weeks in advance, and if the city wanted to make the experience halfway humane for car owners, who number Democrats as well as Republicans, they would have opened up tow lots to be temporary parking lots and flyered windshields with instructions to park there at no extra cost for the duration of the event. It really did come awful close to “sweep away the little people.”


8 posted on 08/11/2011 11:48:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“Why don’t they just give all their money to the government and be done with it.”

Oh no! They want the government to take your money.


9 posted on 08/11/2011 11:51:55 PM PDT by MCF
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To: HiTech RedNeck

They don’t care about us. Only on TV do they “care about us”. Washington DC is about as real a Hollywood movie. Off camera they laugh at us. They think they are our bosses. That’s what gets me.


10 posted on 08/11/2011 11:51:54 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Diogenez

$2.5 Mill? Does anyone else notice that this dude is not bringing in the cash he said he would? The goal was a Billion dollars this election cycle for Obummer.

There are 453 days till the election. He will have to raise this amount every single day till election. I don’t see it happening.


11 posted on 08/11/2011 11:58:34 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Diogenez

The elitists. They are so laughable with their talks of paying their fair share. Hollyweird needs to be taxed heavily. They are such a waste.


12 posted on 08/11/2011 11:59:09 PM PDT by mrspeelwerneeded
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To: Diogenez

Golly that must have been swell!


13 posted on 08/11/2011 11:59:20 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama get our AAA back.)
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To: Diogenez

Democrat Economics 101...


14 posted on 08/11/2011 11:59:54 PM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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>> actress Gwyneth Paltrow

The intelligent conversationalist...


15 posted on 08/12/2011 12:10:08 AM PDT by Gene Eric (May our dreams converge for a free and prosperous nation.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
My car got towed. No ticket, just towed to a far part of the city as were hundreds of others. Yes, there was some posting Tuesday afternoon when I parked, but it was spotty and not where I parked. The cops told me they had towed hundreds of vehicles.
16 posted on 08/12/2011 12:16:24 AM PDT by Diogenez
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To: Diogenez

Gee, like guess where the car went now. (I don’t suppose the police bothered to keep a list???)


17 posted on 08/12/2011 12:20:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Lazlo in PA

The idea being to yack up Obama until everyone and his squirrel have heard about him, I suppose.

It’s half a shame that Trump didn’t run. It would be impossible to beat Trump publicity.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 12:22:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Lazlo in PA

My thoughts exactly - a slow night for the lad.


19 posted on 08/12/2011 12:24:24 AM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: Diogenez

PROPER LINK
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/08/11/obama-raises-funds-at-star-studded-event-in-new-york/


20 posted on 08/12/2011 1:08:11 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: JimmyMc

Gwyneth Paltrow....ha...American Born and has a fake British accent (often during interviews)...it was funny seeing the movie studios and C&W radio jocks that could be bought off by perks trying to hawk that damned “Country Strong” movie...I guess since Tim McG was in it, they felt they could get away with it. Horrible!


21 posted on 08/12/2011 1:31:15 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Diogenez

The city is in a budget crunch. Fellow Dims or not, I’m surprised the Obama campaign is not getting a bill from the city for special services rendered.


22 posted on 08/12/2011 1:33:48 AM PDT by Kellis91789 (There's a reason the mascot of the Democratic Party is a jackass.)
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To: Diogenez

Are these unionized city workers doing the towing, or some private firm benefiting from a huge city contract? Either way, no telling what kickbacks and/or overtime were paid just so Bambi could haul his arse up there.


23 posted on 08/12/2011 1:49:23 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Why don’t they just give all their money to the government and be done with it.

. . .

I often wonder that myself. I guess they’re lazy and want the government to come take it.


24 posted on 08/12/2011 1:51:32 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: Lazlo in PA
There are 453 days till the election. He will have to raise this amount every single day till election. I don’t see it happening.

The short fall in the ones campaign cash will be made up by his puppet master, uncle george soros.

Since the bummer has been bought and paid for by george and his pals, they will spend whatever is required to keep the one in power.

If soros sends me two million in cash, I'll promise to vote for the bummer, but he'll never know.

25 posted on 08/12/2011 3:29:13 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: Diogenez

From the link..0bama quote..

He said change takes time, and compared today’s struggles to those of the civil rights movement. He said he will dedicate the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on Aug. 28 and had already flown over it.

“Now that King has his own memorial on the Mall, I think that we forget when he was alive there was nobody who was more vilified, nobody who was more controversial, nobody who was more despairing at times. There was a decade following the great successes of Birmingham and Selma which was just struggle,” he said. “What he understood, what kept him going was that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. But it doesn’t bend on its own… it takes time, and it is hard work and it has its frustrations.”

He’s comparing himself to MLK. Sickening.

We knew Martin Luther King, you pos...and you are NO Martin Luther King!!!!!


26 posted on 08/12/2011 3:52:58 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Diogenez
HAHAHAHA!!!

I'm sure the MoveOn and DailyKos folks just think it's lovely that Zero is charging 30K a plate while we have a destroyed economy, millions out of work, a stock market that is as unstable as Lindsey Lohan.

These people are utter fools!!!

27 posted on 08/12/2011 4:06:47 AM PDT by Dengar01 ("Liberalism is a Mental Disorder" - Dr. Michael Savage)
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To: Diogenez

It was a nightmare getting home. It directly affected rush hour. POS.


28 posted on 08/12/2011 4:09:25 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SueRae

Both King and Obama are Commies....so they fit in the C pod together. Unless....you’re as ignorant as Glenn Beck and think MLK really gave a good Shitte about his fellow man?
How’s that Affirmative Action working for you? How’s that diversity working for you...wake up, MLK was a Commie liar and scammer.


29 posted on 08/12/2011 4:30:06 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: SueRae

Both King and Obama are Commies....so they fit in the C pod together. Unless....you’re as ignorant as Glenn Beck and think MLK really gave a good Shitte about his fellow man?
How’s that Affirmative Action working for you? How’s that diversity working for you...wake up, MLK was a Commie liar and scammer.


30 posted on 08/12/2011 4:32:37 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
What’s with this mass “towing” anyhow — surely this was known about for weeks in advance, and if the city wanted to make the experience halfway humane for car owners,

Maybe this will help you: r-e-v-e-n-u-e.

31 posted on 08/12/2011 4:45:18 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: SueRae

That quote is beyond the pale. He is an egotistical pimple.


32 posted on 08/12/2011 4:48:51 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: SueRae
“Now that King has his own memorial on the Mall, I think that we forget when he was alive there was nobody who was more vilified, nobody who was more controversial, nobody who was more despairing at times"

How about Tiny Tim?

Zero is the biggest blowhard I have ever seen. What a d*ck!

33 posted on 08/12/2011 5:04:26 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“What’s with this mass “towing” anyhow...”

This is the kind of crap that happens in totalitarian countries. Private property means nothing to fascists and communists. Just get the stuff out of sight so dear fascist leader won’t be waylaid from his date with adulation by simpleton toadies.

Whoever ordered these vehicles removed should be...

Next time fascist leader comes around, roads should be obstructed with vehicles, burning garbage and piles of debri.


34 posted on 08/12/2011 5:45:13 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: newzjunkey

That explanation would suffice — except that, reportedly, nobody was ticketed. It would have been a lucrative deal for tow truck operators paid by the city by the hour. But I think the city just liked the idea of pushing the little people (’s cars) around. Doubtless the official explanation was to obviate the possibility of any car bombs being near the presidential procession.


35 posted on 08/12/2011 5:39:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: iopscusa

Even the womanizer MLK Jr., who borrowed from more or less mainstream Christian sources, seems infinitely more godly a figure than Obama. Obama is the only example I know of a person bothering to give an orthodox evangelical Christian testimony of his faith — and yet turning his back on that same testimony in virtually everything he does. There are hypocrites, and then there are through-and-through giant phonies.


36 posted on 08/12/2011 5:46:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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