Obama Treats 'Dinner With Clooney' Winners Like Losers

obamaLast night was the much publicized Obama campaign fundraiser at George Clooney's Hollywood home. The event raised $15 million for Obama's campaign, which is apparently a record for a single fundraiser.

Party-goers -- 150 of Clooney's closest friends who forked over $40k a ticket -- included Tobey Maguire (who sat at Clooney's table), Robert Downey Jr., Salma Hayek, Jack Black, Barbra Streisand, and Jeffrey Katzenberg (head of Dreamworks). Obama and Clooney fawned over one another all night -- cracking jokes about their good looks like they were BFFs.

Sounds like a smashing success.

But if you remember, this dinner is the one that got a ton of press because the Obama campaign held a "Win Dinner With George Clooney" raffle so that two hoi polloi could attend and mix with Hollywood "elite" and the prez. What noblesse oblige.

It sure seemed like a great idea -- kind of an extension of the "Win Dinner With the President" raffles that have been held periodically over the past few months. Unfortunately, it ended up making the president look bad.The Obama campaign raised millions of dollars through the online raffle of two free tickets to the dinner. People could contribute $5 for a chance to go to the party. In fact, you didn't have to contribute anything at all to enter or to win. 

The winners were Beth Topinka, a New Jersey science teacher, and Karen Blutcher, a Florida utility company employee. Both of the women went to the party with their husbands. So where did they sit? At the back of the party tent of course (I'm guessing right by the port-o-potties). So unimpressed, George. What kind of host are you?

Why the heck weren't these winners seated at Clooney or Obama's table? One couple could have sat with Clooney and another with Obama -- or both couples could have sat together at a table with Clooney and Obama. We all know the answer to that. These regular folks just aren't good enough to sit aside Hollywood royalty or get that close to the President (although I'm sure he made the most of those photo opps with the winners). The Obama campaign got the press coverage and $$$$ it wanted. George Clooney comes off looking like a great guy. And no doubt the winners will indeed be aglow that they got to bask in the light of all these famous stars -- oblivious to the function they really served.

Ah, America -- where the President is no longer a man of the people, fame and money talk, and politicians throw all the little people a bone ... when they need your vote.

Do you think the winners of the "Dinner With Clooney" raffle should have been seated with Obama and/or Clooney -- or do you think they belonged at the back of the tent?


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navyw... navywife0204

they absolutely should have been seated with them.  What's the point of winning a dinner like this if they get seated at the back of the tent?

ldbc ldbc

I could have predicted how all this would turn out. Not surprising at all. Obama + Clooney = FAIL.


Who does this surprise? I guess "winning dinner with Obama and Clooney" didn't mean you actually saw them.

I heard this morning on several different networks that many people found the dinner in bad taste and most thought Obama and Clooney should have gotten a room the way they were tripping over each other. Hhhmmmm.....

Gilmo... GilmoreGirl29

Such an obvious answer! Of course they should have been sat next to or with Obama and Clooney.

But at most these people "donated" $5 to the campaign. Hardly the kind of money that's going to get you any attention.

I thought this was a stupid idea from the beginning. Obviously staged for the PR and nothing else.

Oh well....if nothing else these 2 couples do have a memory.

Procr... Procrastamom

Fine, you say this is true, but where are your sources?  Where are your links to interviews with the winners who expressed their dismay with the way they were treated?  If you're going to write ANOTHER anti-Obama puff piece on the Stir, please please give us some links to read.

Rien Forme

Um, they won a contest, where they only had to pay $5 to enter.They recieved a round trip ticket, and an invitiation to a Hollywood fundraiser. Every other guest there paid $40,000. Will you tell me how they lost or we're mistreated? Really? You certainly don't see the right offering their voters a special opportunity like this. I'm sure those winners had an amazing night.

hotrd... hotrdumommy

If you're gonna call bullshit, post a link to prove it. Yes!!!! I finally got to say that!

jasmi... jasmineg86

i'm with rien. for $5, they made out like fat rats. calm down.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

It didn't say win a dinner- DATE with Obama or Clooney. What did you expect? The winners to be arm in arm with those two all night? Ugh

LoRenny LoRenny

I don't think they got jipped at all. They donated what, $5 at most to enter the contest? I think that they made out pretty darn good if they paid maybe $5 and got to attend a fancy bash at George Clooney's house. I work for an organization that has an annual gala fundraiser, and we also raffle off tickets to the events for employees. The winners are seated near the back of the room (which is also where I sit, by the way) and the generous sponsors and contributors paying thousands of dollars are seated in the front of the room. We've never had any complaints, and I bet the winners of this contest aren't complaining either.

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