Obama’s 44th California Fundraiser

President Obama has brought new meaning to “Obama 44”. It used to refer to his number as president. This week, he made it the number of fundraisers he’s attended in California.

Which will be surpassed in a mere ten days.

I unfortunately won’t be able to accept the emailed invitation I received today, but presumably sufficient numbers will:

Please join President Barack Obama for a dinner reception with celebrity chefs Tyler Florence and Alice Waters at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to support his re-election campaign.

Date: Monday, October 8, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM – TBD
Location: 99 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA
Contribution: Per Person: $20,000 | Per Couple: $40,000
RSVP: Click Here

As of May, of 52 California events to date as President, 35 had been fundraisers.

Since then, he was in Los Angeles in June for three fundraisers, then back in July with three more fundraisers in the Bay Area, including one priced at $38,500 per person—held a mere three miles from the Oakland Occupiers’ camp. Talk about the 1%!

Earlier this week, he was back, with one fundraiser in Silicon Valley (a favorite money-raising locale for him), one in La Jolla, and one in Los Angeles.

I hope Air Force One is able to get its regularly scheduled maintenance in between all these trans-continental junkets!

I have no desire to engage in class warfarism, but it is astounding to me that the Obamas—themselves well and truly part of the “1%”—are able to, with few calling them on it. And that those he regularly pillories gladly pony up their money enabling him to attack them further.

Vladimir Lenin famously foretold that “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” It did not happen exactly as he predicted, but it may well turn out that the beneficiaries of capitalism give the rope with which they will be hanged.

Or, with which they will be indefinitely detained.

Mary L. G. Theroux is Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute. Having received her A.B. in economics from Stanford University, she is Managing Director of Lightning Ventures, L.P., a San Francisco Bay Area investment firm, former Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Salvation Army of both San Francisco and Alameda County, and Vice President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California.
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