Obama's Hollywood Trip
The major newspapers are all atwitter at the Obama fundraising swing through Hollywood yesterday, as the Post, the NYT, and the AP all ran stories about how easily Obama scooped up cash from entertainment industry types who were previously assumed to be lined up behind Hillary Clinton. It helps the narrative along when it is alleged that the Clinton camp complained about the support for Obama, only to see it reported as a “don’t worry Hillary, we haven’t abandoned you” putdown.
The real eye openers in the coverage are the comments by David Geffen, who according to ABC News’ The Note and Maureen Dowd’s NYT column (behind the TimesSelect firewall) had this to say about Obama and Clinton:
Under the header, "Obama's Big Screen Test," the New York Times' Maureen Dowd pens a must-read look at the rivalry between Sens. Obama and Clinton as they try to rake in Hollywood cash. The Hollywood mogul David Geffen used to be tight with President Clinton, Dowd writes, but "(n)ow the Dreamworks co-chairman calls the former president "a reckless guy" who "gave his enemies a lot of ammunition to hurt him and to distract the country."
Geffen said, "Obama is inspirational, and he's not from the Bush royal family or the Clinton royal family. Americans are dying every day in Iraq. And I'm tired of hearing James Carville on television."It makes great chatter among the Beltway types, but these same chattering heads will use stories like this later in the season to push along the right wing smear that Obama is nothing more than a Hollywood Liberal, as right wingers at the New York Post will certainly do before too long.