President Obama came to New York looking for political handouts and he left with a bundle of cash. With over 200 fundraising trips since taking office, the President flew to New York to help the Democratic National Committee raise money to pay off the millions still in debt from last year’s costly presidential election and to raise added funds for next year’s Congressional races.
Mr. Obama arrived at Kennedy Airport just before the start of the evening rush hour. With his motorcade whizzing through town, motorists had to endure temporary gridlock as they approached frozen zones. The President’s first stop was the West Village brownstone of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. 65 guests paid $16,200 to share in what was biiled as “intimate discussion with the President, ask questions and get a photo” with the Commander-In-Chief. Justin Timberlake and designer Tommy Hilfiger were among the guests.
At another fundraiser at hosted by Alexander Stanton and Sam Natapoff, Obama collected more than half a million dollars.
The final event of the day was a joint affair by the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic National Campaign Committee in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. 140 guests shelled out anywhere from $7,500 to $32,000 to attend. Those paying the higher amount were listed as event “chairs.”
During his appearances, the President took a swipe at his opponents, blaming “hyper partisanship for the kind of gridlock in Washington that makes people cynical of government.”
He said politicians who are more interested in campaigning than governing should face the consequences next year.
Seven hours after he arrived, President Obama flew back to Washington, having raised more than $3 million. That’s about half million dollars an hour. Not bad for a day’s work.