Because conspicuous consumption is OK only if you’re a Democrat:
So what does Barack Obama do after a hard day of defending the common man during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression?
Throw a $28,500-a-head fundraising dinner, of course.
At The Big Lebowski‘s mansion. (Were there any nihilists by the pool?)
$28,500 which, by the way, didn’t buy you a ticket to Babs’s singing:
Followed by a $2,500-a-head reception featuring Barbra Streisand singing a song or two.
That’s right, folks. $31,000 for an evening with the guy who “assured a rally in the Denver suburb of Golden that he understood the impact the crisis was having from Wall Street to Main Street.” Golden moment, indeed.
At a current median house price in US metro areas of $217,000, that $31,000 would have been a 14% down payment on a house.
The 250 guests at the $28,500 dinner and the 900 who paid $2,500 for Babs are just plain regular folks, according to this,
“They keep wanting to say, people out there are just celebrities,” said Mr. Medavoy, speaking by telephone on Tuesday afternoon.
“They’re more than that,” he said. “A lot of people that nobody knows will be there. People may work in the industry, but that doesn’t make them celebrities.”
(h/t Jennifer Rubin). Unfortunately, the guys in Australia didn’t get that memo and came out with the headline “Barack Obama mingles with Hollywood royalty at fundraiser.”
One question: does buying a $28,500 ticket to a dinner qualify as “probe insurance” for captains of finance?
And now for the cherry on the sundae, Joe Biden:
“All this stuff about how different Barack Obama is, they’re not just used to somebody really smart. They’re just not used to somebody who’s really well educated. They just don’t know quite how to handle it. Cause if he’s as smart as Barack is he must not be from my neighborhood.”
Hear him say it: