This is going to backfire.
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has sent an email via the Obama campaign inviting Obama supporters to contribute “any amount” at all to be entered into a raffle for dinner with her and the Obamas June 14 at her home in New York.
“It should be fabulous,” she writes.
Obama, it seems to me, is in danger of being too fabulous.
Just days ago, he hosted the winners of a similar contest at the Hollywood home of George Clooney.
According to CNN, Eva Longoria has raised at least $200,000 for the president, and there have been $38,000-a-plate dinners with Will Smith, Spike Lee, Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell.
In one of the tackiest episodes of all, Obama last month deadpanned through an awful duet with Jimmy Fallon on the latter’s talk show. The Office of the President may not recover.
While it may raise money, it’s hard to imagine that Obama’s close association with the entertainment industry is going to win him many votes among average, sensible Americans, many of whom are suffering. Particularly, in this latest case, with a woman who goes by three names and who starred in a show that focused on the sex lives of neurotic New York City women.
And there’s something slightly pathetic about this. At first, the lottery prize offered in these contests was just the president. The addition of stars like Parker and Clooney seems to be an admission that a mere lunch with Obama is not quite enough to sell a lot of tickets.
There’s a lot of money in Hollywood, but not many votes. At some point, the disgust factor may come to outweigh all those piles of cash.