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Blurring the Line Between Hollywood and Washington

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After a week of terror in Boston, Syrian use of chemical weapons, and devastating death tolls in West Texas and Bangladesh, the President of the United States entertained the glitzy crowd at the White House Correspondents Dinner with a series of well-crafted zingers.

 

Mr. Obama competed with emcee Conan O’Brien in drawing hearty laughter and deftly teased the assembled celebrities. Yes, it’s good for a self-assured chief executive to display a sense of humor, but this particular occasion won’t help the president’s popularity.

 

It showed him in a world of smug, elite insiders, far removed from the harsh realities facing ordinary Americans. The Correspondents Dinner blurred the line between Hollywood and Washington, and erasing that distinction is ultimately bad for Washington politicians, bad for politically engaged Hollywood stars and, ultimately, bad for the nation at large.

 

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  1. John Tobias  •  May 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    What I think is: Obama is (like most modern-day DemoCraps) something of a “legend in his own mind”, and the “icon” to which his synchophantic minions from Hollywood bow and scrape. He “goes through the motions” for the folks in “Nowhereville, USA” because he must…But, he really has NO interest in them whatsoever. They’re merely “a means to an end” for him. At least with Clinton and John Kennedy, people FELT like they were getting genuine attention, even if JFK and Billy Bob were, in fact, both just using people, same as Obama…But, at least JFK & Bill Bob were somewhat-artful about it. Obama is (for all his glorification by Left Wing media) pretty poor at “selling the snake-oil”, so to speak.

    • Bonnie Ebstyne  •  May 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Well said! I agree! He is a poser & an unprincipled phony! Cronyism everywhere! Now comes app’t of Penny Pritzker! I can hardly go to movies after M. Obama’s intrusion into the Academy Awards. Made Argo feel like an insider job ! Don’t care to ever see any more George Clooney movies again. The arrogance on both sides… They play us all for fools while they pursue self aggrandizement & personal wealth. No evidence of any sense of appropriateness or propriety from these self consumed narcissists, not to mention all the evidence of their total lack of integrity!

  2. Daphne Krueger  •  May 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    The integrity of Hollywood, news about how many are in a family way, then get married, or wait until the second child is born, or don’t marry at all. “People” Magazine glorifies it. The TV program “Entertainment Tonight” is another “People Magazine. ” Always looking for the “bump”

    • Bob Tamasy  •  May 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      The irony is the entertainment news rejoices over the “baby bump,” even if the prospective mom is only in her first trimester, yet if she were to opt for an abortion, she could simply label it “fetus” and be done with it.
      And the liberal media conveniently has looked the other way as the trial of the Philadelphia abortion doc’s post-abortion murders proceeded. Talk about a cognitive disconnect!

  3. Bruce Sallan (@BruceSallan)  •  May 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I come from Hollywood – 25 years in showbiz – and, believe me, being a Jewish Conservative was not easy. They mostly do NOT know how to think for themselves. EVERY “hot” charity is almost ALWAYS totally self-serving. The big events were those hosted by WEALTHY showbiz folk who had family suffering from whatever illness they were supporting. Worthwhile, to be sure, but self-serving nonetheless.

    And, with AIDS, it was almost a joke that Hollywood embraced a completely preventable disease almost exclusively for decades UNTIL they decided that Breast Cancer (in women) was also “worthy.” During the AIDS years of support, they propagated the LIES about how the disease was spread incessantly.

    It was painful to watch. I lost a VERY GOOD friend to AIDS so I have no limit to my sympathy for its victims, but let’s be honest that it is NOT as contagious as so many other MAJOR killers that we have no cure for. But, Hollywood supported this ONE disease for a very long time.

    I’m quite happy to be out of that PC world, though I did enjoy the income and perks! LOL…

  4. Ben Avery Ware  •  May 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    The whole Geek Prom thing is a form of self flattery. These are sharp elbowed student body types who went on to self-described elite schools. Yet the News and Entertainment businesses have something in common. They pander to the same half of an audience, allow outsiders to take over the half they eschew, continue to shrink because of it, and somehow still don’t understand why. They were made for each other.

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