At one time, I almost felt sorry for Gwyneth Paltrow. Almost. It seemed like she was the target of a lot of snarky, mean and catty smack talk on social media. I can see now that she makes herself a magnet for adverse attention. No better evidence of this is Paltrow’s role in hosting a fundraiser for Barack Obama in her backyard.
Just doing so seems like the height of foolishness considering Obama’s unstoppable downward trajectory from the ephemeral euphoria of his re-election to his present state of unpopularity. A Democrat like Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ] (R) this fall, would not give a questioner from the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board a straight answer when asked if she in fact, voted for Obama.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000590′ ] of Arkansas, [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’U000038′ ] of Colorado, [mc_name name=’Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’H001049′ ] of North Carolina and Natalie Tennant of Virginia – just to name a few, are not answering the door when Obama comes knocking. You’d think it was October 31st and all the lights are off in the house. “Shhhh, I see Barack and Michelle coming up the walkway. Don’t they understand we’re not giving out treats?”
The New York Times describes Obama’s fall from grace:
When he soared to victory by almost 10 million votes in 2008, President Obama won in states like Virginia that Democratic candidates had not captured since 1964. He was trumpeted as a transformational leader who remade American politics by creating a new electoral map and a diverse voter coalition to shape the Democratic Party for the 21st century.
But for now he has been reduced to something else: an isolated political figure who is viewed as a liability to Democrats in the very states where voters by the thousands had once stood to cheer him.
None of this is of any import to Ms. Paltrow. She’s in a bubble when it comes to the President. The Hollywood Reporter highlights Paltrow’s lowlights, or dim bulb, if you prefer:
The actress introduced the President to a crowd of 200 supporters. She gushed: “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.” Paltrow also described herself as one of Obama’s “biggest fans, if not the biggest.”
If you are one of any politicians ‘fans’, much less Obama, you are the proud owner of an IQ that matches the mean average temperature in Barrow, Alaska.
If you think it can’t get any more idiotic, think again. I guess Gwyneth is of the conviction that if you’re going to go stupid, go big. Paltrow, with children Apple and Moses on hand, told the crowd:
“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass. She cited sustainable energy efforts as well as Obama’s push for equal pay, which she called “Very important to me as a working mother.”
Equal pay? Gwyneth, you’re a movie actress – there is no such thing.
But I just have to languish a moment longer in this business about, “It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.” ??? Unbelievable. You’ve just been baptized into the shallowness of the Hollywood Idiot mind. I was under the impression that Obama had a phone and a pen. What – he needs something else?
How about a good Secret Service team at the White House?
The Hollywood Reporter notes also that after the backyard reception, Obama attended an exclusive dinner with 50 supporters, including Julia Roberts and her daughter and Bradley Whitford. Tickets for the event ranged $1,000 to $32,400 per person.
$32,400? I assume that Church’s Fried Chicken will not be the bill of fare.
Aren’t these the same people who, on one hand, caterwaul about rich people not paying enough taxes and then turn right around and carp about Los Angeles not being friendly (easy enough on taxes) to the film industry. Box office attendance is down this year 35 percent, so I can understand how things are a little tight. Still, why hand Obama a check, when you can do your Democratic do-gooder tax paying thing by just sending it directly to the Treasury Department? Crickets…
Obama, for his part, repeated the pitch he’s been giving about “55 months of uninterrupted job growth, investments in energy, the success of Obamacare.” I guess it would be rude to bring up the fact that the job numbers are ginned up and in fact, the Labor Participation Rate stands at 62.7 percent – the lowest since – are you sitting down? – 1978! Somebody remind me. Who was president in 1978?
It would be kind of stinky to also bring up the latest round of layoffs at Hewlett-Packard, now totalling 55,000. And, this just in – 6,000 layoffs at Cisco and 18,000 at Microsoft.
Obama is a successful president on another planet. The one Gywneth lives on.