Would you pay $40,000 for dinner with Obama and Clooney?
Actor George Clooney and President Obama meet outside the Oval Office at the White House in 2010. Clooney is hosting a big money fundraiser for Obama in Hollywood next week.
May 3rd, 2012
11:21 AM ET

Would you pay $40,000 for dinner with Obama and Clooney?

It's always a heady combination, the intersection of politics and Hollywood and now the Obama campaign is reportedly cashing in big-time.
The contest called "Obama, Clooney, and You" offered supporters a chance to win two tickets for dinner with the president, George Clooney and a host of other high dollar donors at the movie star's Los Angeles home next week. The contest has now ended.
A Democratic official declined to tell CNN exactly how much money the contest raised but did say tickets for the 150 paying guests are $40,000 each. That’s a cool $6 million dollars.
The on-line contest, similar to other raffles run by the Obama campaign offering "Dinner with Barack" and at times also including First Lady Michelle Obama was designed to encourage "grassroots supporters" to donate as little as $3.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that actor Clooney is deeming the fundraiser a huge success.
"All I know is it's the biggest fundraiser so far to date-ever," Clooney told the Wall Street Journal. "Right now we've raised about $10 million for the fundraiser, which is about double anything that's ever been done before," said the actor.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties, according to a Democratic official.
At least one Republican group is using Mr. Obama's appearances in Hollywood against him.
American Crossroads, the independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove that backs GOP causes and candidates, launched an on-line ad last week labeling Mr. Obama as a "celebrity president."
The ad uses a montage of appearances by the president on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Mr. Obama dancing with Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime show during the 2008 presidential campaign, and the president at a fundraiser earlier this year singing Al Green's hit song "Let's Stay Together."
The narrator on the ad says "four years ago Americans elected the biggest celebrity in the world. And America got one cool president," and ends by asking "after four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?"


Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • The Buzz

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  1. Willis

    Its going to take a whole lot more than a 40,000 $ a plate dinner to Conquer ROMNEY RUBES RYAN ROVE voter Surpression act of 2012. The kochs are funneling hundreds of Millions to The Republican Governors to make it hard for Americans to vote. They have a ventured Intrest caus they can own Romneys administration if they pull it off.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • Mark Glicker

      After 4 years of depression, $40 would be too much.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  2. Tired of republican lies

    If I had it....Absolutely!

    May 3, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Howard

      IF YOU STILL BELIEVE OBAMA ... YOU'RE A FOOL ... YOU HAVE ZERO CREDIBILITY ... AND YOUR OPINIONS ARE IRRELEVANT.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • CA Liberal

        Guess what tea bagger. My votes not irrelevant. And Obama has it.

        May 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • louis perez

        I guess I am a fool but a smart one, I know not to vote Redumbican.

        May 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • bardfast

        Don't you have some old Glenn Beck tapes you should be masttturbating off to around about now?

        May 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
      • cj

        It is easy to call another a fool, unless you know all there is to know , I would tread lighty .my friend . Study all sides to an issie before making a snap judgement, definitely some are more informed of truth than others.

        May 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
      • John

        Sorry, but your vote means nothing. CA will overwhemingly vote for BO. CA won't be one of the battleground states.

        May 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
      • crew

        yeah, actually, my life is a LOT better.

        May 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • Lizzie

        CA liberal, just how many VOTES do you have.

        May 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
      • howard

        Yeah !!! Well your opinion is irrelevant. I Trust Obama more than your flip flopper Romney he's the worst person to run this country. I refuse to go back to the Bush era. Mr Bush has destroyed my future and has caused me to loose my job and now I'm struggling because of his corrupt policies and that's were Romney wants to bring us. Obama/Biden 2012

        May 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Matt

      I like Clooney (generally). Like Obama, he is very charismatic. He also seems a little more informed than many in Hollywood. That said, Obama has been a weak president. His policies have created a stagnant economy and his energy policies are too expensive (and unrealistic). Hopefully, Clooney sees the error of his ways.

      Note to rich haters: $40K for dinner? How out of touch is that? Dining with actors? Out of touch again.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • Matt

        "Like Obama, Clooney is..."

        May 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Bradley Tate

      I would not go to any stupid dinner with Obama and Clooney if they paid ME $40,000!!!

      May 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Matt

      Obama is like Clooney's movie, Solaris. Sounded awesome, but most walked out before it was done.

      Don't believe democrat lies. Obama hasn't been anything more than an extension of Bush policies.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Dia cole

      Just saw report how Michele O called her daughters senior advisers on her trip to Africa.......took her niece and nephew along...........did you all enjoy footing the half million dollar tab for the trip.............the whole family is liars........vote this scum bag group out.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Robert E. Lee

      I can't stand LIBERAL HYPOCRISY. They take advantage and brain wash the Poor & the Stupid as they think they are going to get something miracously from the Gov't and later find out they didn't.

      Barrack Obama is stealing from you and your children right now. Just look at Obamacare. They don't want you to live free and have your own money. Don't kid yourselves Obama is Bad for America.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • I hear and I spend and I vote

      I think it is admirable that a person like George Clooney wants to speak his mind about who he wants to run for President. This is the United States of America and he has the right to speak his mind. I disagree with his opinion of who should be President and with the direction this President is taking this country and I will choose to vote for another candidate. I will also choose to not spend my money to support anyone who chooses to voice their politics and try to use their fame that I helped pay for to support them. I will never watch another George Clooney movie ever again. Speak your mind but don't do it at my expense. If you had the same size voice as me, it wouldn't matter but to take the voice that you have earned due to your fame that was earned on the backs of regular citizens who may disagree with you and use it to your personal advantage to promote your point of view is wrong.

      May 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
      • duncancritters

        I don't agree with you position or your politics, but I do find the concept of your consumer dollars being used for political purposes interesting. Corporations do that all the time to forward their corporate political positions. Individuals are a little different twist. Considering that ALL wealthy entities, both personal and corporate, are using our consumer dollars in pursuit of their political agenda, how would you ever be able to draw a line?

        May 11, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Oladapo

      Oh, I love him. He's so smart, so on it politically, envlnonmertaily, socially. And GOD, so handsome. I actually don't think he's cocky at all, just incredibly sarcastic and dry. Which makes me love him more. And honestly, who could say no to summers at Lake Como??

      June 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  3. Tom in the Great NW.

    >>
    . We know several things about PRESIDENT BARAK H. OBAMA:
    1 – HE DID NOT ATTACK THE WRONG COUNTRY (IRAQ) AFTER LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
    2 – HE DID NOT (and WILL NOT) RESIGN FROM OFFICE IN DISGRACE.
    3 – HE HAS BROUGHT THE U.S. ECONOMY OUT OF THE DEEPEST PART OF THE OCEAN WHERE the TRUIUMVIRATE OF CHENEY-ROVE-DUBYA (aka "the DECIDER") sent it .
    4 – WE NEED HIM THESE NEXT FOUR YEARS TO COMPLETE THE U.S. RECOVERY.
    5 – WE NEED HIM TO FINISH REPAIRING THE U.S. REPUTATION SO MARRED BY CHENEY-ROVE-DUBYA.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Howard

      YOU'VE GOT A BIG, DISAPPOINTING, WELL DESERVED, WAKE UP CALL, COMING IN NOVEMBER ... WHEN YOUR CORRUPT, INEPT, LYING PRESIDENT FINALLY GETS KICKED OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE ... GOOD RIDDANCE.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
      • needNewGov

        come on, take off your hood. The President is doing better then the last one.

        May 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
      • Mom to 3

        You will be the one getting the "wake-up call." The vast majority of Americans just are not buying into the GOP's policies of cutting taxes for the ultra-rich and large corporations, then paying for it by cutting public education, student loans, infrastructure funding, and other things that middle class Americans rely on.

        May 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • John

        It is always about race with you libs. I have come to the conclusion that lib = racist.

        May 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
      • Jim Hahn

        @ Howard, I'd give a lot to see the look of disappointment on your face when Romney has to call President Obama, concede the election, and admit the truth, that he had no business running for President.

        May 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
      • gctwnl

        Maybe you should ask Colin Powell (GOP and who experienced being lied to close up) about who was lying when.

        Or maybe ask the spirit of Richard Nixon, another great honest GOP president about lying and deceit.

        And with respect to inept. Which party wants to solve the financial crisis that came to be by unmitigated greed and financial wizards (Morgan Stanley) deceiving everybody else by actually giving us more from that well? More freedom for pirates to rob us all? Vote Mitt and get robbed all over again!

        May 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
      • jerry

        another idiot proclaiming an anti obama voter is racist...sorry nut case, this tact just don't work anymore... we elected a black president who as it turns out is a black devil bent on destroying America and lighting the middle east on fire.

        May 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Phil

      Where do you get this stuff? Man... some people believe everything they're told. Wow.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • B Ammon

      You do have quite an imagination there!!!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • Matt

        Hope Obama's run in 2012 does as well as Clooney's "Solaris". People were walking out half way through the film.

        Obama's record is bad.

        May 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Dean

      The Mess and how Obama inherited it
      One of the short comings of many people, particularly the so called "kool aid" drinkers, is their inability to seperate truth from propoganda. Since the first day that Obama got elected we have heard the same tired phrase "we inherited this mess from George W. Bush". Are you interested in knowing how the mess really got inherited or would you prefer to keep sipping the Democrat Party kool aid? It is your choice – but if you want the truth, then I dare you to read on.

      This tells the whole story, why Bush was so bad at the end of his term.
      Don't just skim over this, it's not long, but read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!
      The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.
      The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
      For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this:
      January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time:
      The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
      The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
      The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
      George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH
      Remember the day...
      January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.
      The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?
      BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!
      Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!
      Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.
      And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA
      And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?
      OBAMA and the Democrat Congress
      So when someone tries to blame Bush..
      REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!"
      Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.
      Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 &2011.
      In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
      For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.
      And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.
      If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
      If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • WIMPY38

        Boy Dean, makes me want to sign up for creative writing class.

        May 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • CA Liberal

        Gee wiz you sound so informed. I must be the exception. I lost my retirement, my business and my house during the Bush rein. I have Social Security left. Bush tried to put that into the stock market/crap shoot. Failed, thank god. All I can remember of the Bush years is war, lies, terror, fear, corruption and a president who talked like he had a 3rd grade education.

        May 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        Ah Wimpy Dean is making up misinformation. He hasn't checked the make up the House and Senate from 1999 to 2007, and looked at those Bush years when more Republicans were in both in the House and Senate. Fact is since 2007 there has not been a 60 filibuster proof majority in the Senate and the House has not had a Democratic majority since 2011.

        As you notice Repugs never post links to real facts they just lie it up as they go.

        Composition of Congress, By Political Party, 1855 – 2013

        http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0774721.html

        May 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
      • deb0155

        You forgot to mention the fact that while Bill Clinton was President, he forced the banks to take on more toxic subprime mortgages. If the banks did not comply, he had Janet Reno investigate those banks who were fiscally responsible in not underwriting subprime mortgages. They were then penalized by Reno's office. And, in late 2002 – early 2003, John McCain went to George Bush. They both wanted to reign in Fannie May Freddie Mac and bills were sent to the Senate and the House and shut down by people like Maxine Waters and Barney Frank who cried "racism." There was also a market crash at the very end of Bill Clinton's presidency of which George Bush inherited plus 9/11. And, of course, Bin Laden attacked the World Trade Center the first time under Bill Clinton – and, Clinton let him go.

        There is a lot of bad things George Bush inherited – but one thing is for certain – President George Bush never cried "Look, what I inherited." He is definitely not a whiner like Obama!

        May 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ deb

        You forget the Gramm, Leach, Bliley Act of 1999 was sponsored by 3 Republicans Senator Phil Gramm, and Representatives James Leach, and Thomas Bliley. It was signed by President Clinton on November 12, 1999; 1 year and 2 months later George W. Bush took office on January 20, 2001...seems Bush had 8 years to make changes to that law and didn't.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramm%E2%80%93Leach%E2%80%93Bliley_Act

        May 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • jean2009

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/09/1005031/-After-Wrongly-Blaming-Clinton-GOP-Blames-Obama-for-Blaming-Bush-on-Economy

        The Clinton Recession is a GOP Myth.
        GOP can't take responsibility for their messes.

        May 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
      • biyer jonno

        you are a f*****G loser...

        May 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
      • Steveo

        @jean2009
        "seems Bush had 8 years to make changes to that law and didn't"
        ----------
        So are you suggesting GLB was a Dem mess that Bush should have cleaned up? If so, you are saying GLB was a Dem mess! GLB which made banks too big to fail was a GOP bill (which had NO authority and NO power), as it was just a bill. The damage came AFTER GBL became law, signed by Clinton and not in bill form! You're getting there!

        I would give a link but I'm not writing a term paper.

        May 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
      • John

        If a ceo was running a business for 3.5 years and he continued to blame others for his failures over the past 3.5 years they would be fired – and they should be.
        So basically you libs have given BO a pass for his 3.5 years in office? While he became a millionaire no less. Just great. I take it you never had anyone work for you. Given your take on this situation, I question if you have ever worked in a valid job...

        May 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo Do you expect me to believe Republican Senator Phil Gramm, Republican Representatives James Leach and Thomas Bliley didn't know exactly what was in the Gramm, Leach, Bliley legislation they wrote?

        May 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
      • Steveo

        @Jean2009,

        You bring up a great point but mine is better..Did Clinton not know before he signed it?

        May 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
      • jean2009

        Here is a list of all the GOP Senators who voted for Gramm, Leach, Bliley. It lists the Aye's and Nay's
        http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message609571/pg1

        May 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        Bet he didn't....but then he didn't have 8 years to reverse it. Did he?

        May 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • Steveo

        @Jean2009, where's the list of Dems who voted for GBL? You knew I was going to ask, right? In fairness a Dem (Dingle D-Mi) warned this bill would make banks to big to fail! Hindsight says he was right yet his those in his own party did not listen (to include Clinton)!

        May 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • Steveo

        @Jean2009
        jean2009
        "Bet he didn't....but then he didn't have 8 years to reverse it. Did he"?

        1. Sound like "Let's pass it so we can know what's in it"! Signing anything with out knowing what your signing is nothing to be proud of!
        Where

        May 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • Steveo

        @Sorry jean, I wasn't done

        1. Why are you certain Clinton did not know what he was signing, unless you are giving him a pass!
        2. Where were his advisors?
        3. Where's the link to prove your point?

        May 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        Actually tho Dean covers some of the late reasons for the huge 16 Trillion Dollar Debt it was Big Liberal Programs put in place the last 75 years and 40 years of the democrats in control of Congress. But no one on the liberal side cares. No i wouldn't pay $40 thousand to dine with Obama. i will try to give him the Boot in November.

        May 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
      • jerry

        yes Graham Leach derogated the Banking sector. The GOP wanted to repeal Glass Segal act of 1933 to allow the banks back into the securities business...this in itself was not necessarily a bad thing IF there were proper oversight. The GOP made a deal with the devil to get this passed and into law...the liberals demanded an end to red line lending and wished to STRENGTHEN jimmy carters community reinvestment act of 1977....this allowed the beginning of liberal mortgage lending and the beginning of organizations like obamas ACORN... President George Bush did try 17 times to reign in the mess accumulating at freddie and fannie and was stone walled by the deems and some repubs... obama and his ilk were involved in this mess up to their necks...in fact check out obama cabinet, czars, and advisors and you will find most of them profited greatly from a career or monetary (academics writing books and etc.)

        What really sucks about all this is obama trys very hard to make you all believe he the hope and change...and he is everything except...this is the guy who wore the sorang while in private within his apartment, when he was a college student...for those of you who don't know the sorang is indonesian dress...a wrapped skirt from the waist down....not what the usual 20 something American college student does...he does not have an American brain...not in the least,and he is proving it.

        May 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Wow, your so full of it, and he can walk on water, film at eleven

      May 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Robert E. Lee

      Tom,
      Wake up Liberal. The Economy is going down fro another Recession. The great Obama Depression continues.

      Please let usall know where the $5 Trillion Dollars the Great Obama wasted has helped this country. He should be IMPEACHED for lying to the country. "Shovel Ready" Give me a break.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Robert E. Lee

      Dick Cheney was our Greatest VP ever. He should be President right now.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • yaya77

      answer to number 3... what rock have you been living under? true unemployment is over 12% more people on food stamps than ever before and you think we are recovering? just because the rich are making more money does not mean the regular population are doing better and to your last point. The president is a laughing stock to every other leader in the world. they place jokes and belittle him in the press as soon as he leaves the country he is bowing to at the time. sometimes they dont even bother to wait till he leaves. the rest of the world thinks we are insane for letting him stay in office as long as we have already and you think we need 4 more? C'MON

      May 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      You Go! 'Tom in the Great NW'! Thank you for your comment. Those are the exact things they have been hoping we all forget!! @Howard; enept?? ENEPT?? ENEPT = BUSH!! Even Dick Cheney, Rove and Rumsfeld knew that!! They are the main ones who have gotten him in trouble! WHY?? Because they knew when it was all said and done, all of their ill-thought, bad decisions for personal gain, failed policies, and blunders STILL would have happened under His watch!! In the END, it would be BUSH's fault!! He was 'enept' enough to let them!! WHY?? Because he didn't know what he was doing!! AT ALL!! If you REALLY believe that 'trolling' garbage you spew, you are 'enept'!! I see you've been sticking to it for at least 3 years!! There's nothing worse than dealing with 'intentional ignorance'!! You're still patheticly simpleminded, and foolish!!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
      • Howard

        Now, thanks to Obama's blunders, the entire world can see that the emperor isn't wearing any clothes.

        May 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • former marine

      Tom in the great nw, are you some kind of stupid. obama is going down in history as the worse president ever. he has drive
      this country into a depression. he has the media lying to you. small business are closing up all over the place, people are losing there homes every day. his obama care, (which i read off his own website) is all about being able to get in your checking account. when you turn 74 in obama care you no longer get any medical attention, (even if you need it to stay alive. check out oath keepers. org. military units are join this website. they took an oath to defined this country all enemy's foreign's or domestic. they did not take an oath to defined the president. our fore fathers set up this constitution so 1 man doesn't have the supreme power over this country. by the way pinhead what about 911 when all those people who died in the towers, how about the planes that crashed into buildings. how about all those innocent people who boarded those planes, how about the parents of the whole boy scout troop that was on the planes. stop smoking weed and found out the truth. what about the woman in irac that were being shot for showing there face, the children being murdered and raped. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA has always taken care of the world and jerusalm. obama is a terrorist and is not even an american citizen, countries all over the world are laughing at america because of this man. he apologizes for our troops doing there job, a catholic church was destroyed at ground zero, that is not allowed to be rebuilt but he is allowing a mosque is being built. wake up an smell the coffee. if obama gets reelected it will throw this country into civil war. he has signed so many illegal orders during the night when we are all sleeping. he has treating the supreme court if they don't pass his medical care, he has censored the media. HE IS HITLER, TRYING TO BE A DICTATOR. he should be in prison. i spent four in the military and i have a right to say what i want. obama is not even a citizen.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:19 am |
      • gctwnl

        Saying Obama got the US (and the world) in a depression is about as useful as saying it was GW Bush that got the twin towers attacked. Setting the record straight: it was GW Bush (and partly Clinton before him) that got us in the depression (which Obama inherited) and it was Al-Qaida that attacked the twin towers.

        May 5, 2012 at 7:14 am |
  4. acdcguy

    They couldn't pay me $40k nor would I pay $40k to have dinner with anyone. Well, maybe Brian Johnson........Oh and George W. Bush......... this ought to stir up the hornets nest.........

    May 3, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • George Kaiser

      I would pay $40,000 for dinner with Obama!
      If he gives me a loan guarantee with it like he did in 2008 ..

      May 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  5. Mark

    Wouldn't pay a quarter if I was a Trillionaire.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • needNewGov

      You'd probably pay a $1 to see Palin.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • Howard

        AMERICAN CITIZENS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING, TO MEET WITH THEIR CIVIL SERVANTS ... AS FOR CLOONEY ... HE'S ABOUT THE MOST BORING ACTOR IN AMERICA.

        May 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • livingston1

        Howard, your cap lock is stuck. Just letting you know. Wouldn't want you to look foolish.

        May 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • GetReal

        Nice one, livingston. But, it's not just his caps lock that is stuck. He's stuck in reverse, longing for times past. He's stuck in a hate filled world of delusion.

        May 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • CA Liberal

        Wow what a rip off. I wouldn't pay $1 to see Palin.

        May 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Howie
        http://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/entertainment-articles/net-worth-academy-award-nominee/#!/george-clooney-net-worth-160-million_635/

        Best Actor: George Clooney earned his best actor Oscar nomination for his work in The Descendants. George is one of Hollywood's biggest and most bankable stars, earning a personal net worth of $160 million during his career.

        Seems no one agrees with you...Why am I not Surprised!

        May 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
      • John

        I thought Obama was best actor....

        May 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  6. Phil

    No. Wouldn't pay any amount of money to have lunch with anyone, especially a Hollywood windbag, simply to put money in their political coffers. That's arrogance. "Contribute $40K to my campaign and I'll let you sit with me for lunch... might even let you take a picture with me for an additional $10K if you want proof for your friends to see.".... My response? Phucque.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  7. B Ammon

    Amazing - AUCTIONING OFF CONTACT???? Sorry but this is dinner with twwdle dee and tweedle dumb! How low can this president go???

    May 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Ivy

      Oh, are George Bush and Dick "cuadruple bypass" Chaney in attendance?

      May 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  8. Amy

    Boycott Clooney!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  9. MNMom

    The GOP is just jealous that their candidate is not personable and interesting enough to have this type of fundraiser.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  10. maria

    We need new blood and a President that really loves this country, Obama too arrogant for my taste

    May 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  11. maria

    I do not pay any money to eat with ayone

    May 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  12. Willis

    Yall Pubs know that their is a 0 % shot at winning unless the ROMNEY RUBES RYAN ROVE voter surpression 2012 act goes into effect in FL, Az, OH, SC, & all those other states that Governors are being BOUGHT by The Kochs. Biy that Mittster sure is a Genuine guy!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  13. livingston1

    You bet I would!
    My, my, there are a lot of angry republicans here. Could it be because the best they could come up with is Ted Nugent and Mitt Romney? Why don't they put them out there and let the public decide.Then It would be a choice between class, style and competence with the President and Clooney and anger, paranoia and clueless.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Matt

      Angry republicans? More like 'dissatisfied with the current administration' republicans. As a small business owner for over 10 years, the 2012 economy doesn't feel any more secure than in 2009 – 2011. Businesses are struggling–lots of businesses.

      I want Romney to win so that he can help make government more efficient AND bring the USA back to prosperity. The redistribution isn't a good way to run a country.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • gctwnl

        Redistribution is pretty essential for a proper society. A society with a very small super rich top layer and a struggling underclass is a banana-republic type society. A third world type society. The US was at its greatest during a time that distribution of income was less extreme.

        What you are asking for is to put more of this destructive neo-conservatism in place as an answer to the mess all this neo-conservatism has created (think 'Wall Street unchecked' and 'greed is good'). That is not going to help at all, it is going to bring the US to the brink. The rest of the world only has to hope the Chinese, Brazilians and others have taken up the US economic role before the US goes under in its own type of extremism. As it is now, the slide is slow (and slowed down a bit thanks to Obama) but inevitable. It just takes a very long time because the US is so rich.

        Romney's Bain Capital has all the hallmarks of being an economic parasite working only at the financial level. Some of that might help, but what you in fact need is investment in education, research & development etc., all the things the GOP organized in the 50's and which payed out in the decades after that.

        May 5, 2012 at 6:21 am |
  14. Bob Texas

    Dean
    Thanks for the History Lesson but of course you leave out the two war spending that GW went on. You also forget that GW has to spend 500 billion before he left office to try and stop the depression that this country was in. If he was so great why did he wait until he was leaving office to tell the America people we are in big trouble. It's because he wanted to continue to spend money and lives in the middle east.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  15. Veteran for Obama

    You bet the republicans here are upset, after all Mitt Romney could only come up with Kid Rock; an old washed up rocker who's time has come a gone.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  16. Steve

    This is one of the very issues our Founding Fathers warned us about: Aristocrats in power, and Aristocrats with money who buy access and influence to these elected officials while the vast majority of We the People don't have the money.

    Our system is corrupt, and if you want to change it, vote out the incumbants in November. THAT will send a resilient signal that We the People demand the system changes so ALL of us have access.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  17. simp

    You haters have no problem with mitt romney getting money from millionaires but when the President has a fund raiser you loser start your whinning, well let the whinning began.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama is the biggest two faced hypocrite in the universe. Out of one side of his mouth he demonizes the so called one percent ... while from his other side, he trades influence to arse kissing celebrities, millionaires, and $40,000 a plate fund raisers. Save America from Obama's culture of corruption ... kick this crook out of the White House in November.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • deb0155

      Not only does Mitt Romney receive money from millionaires – so does every other politician including Obama!

      May 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
      • jean2009

        So stop complaining when the President does.

        May 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Lizzie

      So you have no problem when Pres.Obamas fundraisers cost $40000 a plate and all that from POOR people, because he certainly could not take ANY money from the 1% he hates so much.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  18. AJ

    CNN, what's really going on. Yes, if I had it like that. You need to start talking about SUPER PAC for Unfit Mit, who is giving monies. What a question to ask. You just want a negitve response.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  19. NOTU

    No, I would not pay anything to meet either of these people. Furthermore, I will no longer spend any of my hard-earned money on anything even remotely related to George Clooney nor any other actor, singer, dancer, etc. who believes their occupation somehow extends to make an influence over my vote.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  20. Innkahoots

    A better discripton of a "Celebrity President" would be our old friend Ronny Raygun. But the TeaParty dosent like to bring him up anymore, because he is not ONE OF THEM.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  21. NOTU

    uMMM, "SIMP" ? I'm pretty sure Clooney is a millionaire, so I guess you don't have a problem with Obama getting money from millionaires, right? You certainly picked the correct screen name.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  22. Ty

    Dean
    Dean

    The Mess and how Obama inherited it
    Try again...........you took a lot of time for this BS you must be working for who GOP
    Come on go back to the drawing board..........why dont you tell the entire story.....yea dem had the floor but WHO block it ?

    May 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  23. jsmoulder

    I would buy Clooney dinner, up to $100.00, but you would have to pay me forty grand to have dinner with any politician.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  24. Notarichboy

    If I had Warren Buffett's money I wouldn't give $40k to eat with Obama and Clooney or any other politician/actor. There are a lot of Americans in need and $40k would be much better spent helping out someone sick, homeless or just down on their luck rather than helping out any of these sorry politicians and actors that have lost touch with what it is like for a average working person to make it in this country!!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  25. Yomi Olalere

    Thanks to Tom of Great NW.
    There are other things we know about President Obama:He didnt lie to us that there was a weapon of mass destruction in Iraq.
    He didn't get a "shoe" moment from the Afghans. His pathetic colleague got a nasty "shoe" almost on his forehead few years ago.
    He didn't create the mess
    He is compassionate about people and have heart for the middle class.
    We also know that he's only used the tax payers' money to save tax payers from the mess the guy that sent US to Iraq war created.
    And I think we know enough between POTUS and ROMNEY.
    And we know about Romney's Swiss Account. If he really believes in America why sending money to Swiss Account?
    We also know about how he asked the young lady that got pregnant outside of the wedlock to offer her baby for adoption. Hmmmmmmmm, do we really need to know more? Ok then ask Romney why he destroyed the documents when he was leaving Massachusets.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  26. deb0155

    I can't stand it – Obama and Clooney are so full of themselves. Two of the most arrogant creatures on earth!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  27. Linda

    My life is better and making great money. Obama has done a great job, what a mess he inherited! Mitt is a loon, good thing the wing nut Michelle Bachmann endorsed him today, great news for the Obama campaign. I love it!!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  28. SMH DP

    Well, it better than having dinner with Ann Romney!!! lol.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  29. Dean

    I didn't realize that dog was so expensive!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • jean2009

      Ask Mitt he is paying for chaining his to the roof of a car.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • RealityBites

      In fact, dogs are not widely eaten in Indonesia. Mainly due to its predominantly Muslim population, which considers dog meat haram.
      So.., evidently, Obama's family were not very serious muslim either.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  30. George Kaiser

    I would pay $40,000 for dinner with Obama!
    If he gives me a loan guarantee with it like he did in 2008 ..

    May 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  31. 1CentFree

    You can't put a price on the future of this country. If I could afford it I would pay/donate the 40k. Anything to help keep the RED nutjobs out of the white house.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  32. bardfast

    And the best the Teapublicans can do is Chuck Noris.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Steveo

      Maybe so but he's Chuck Norris and our movie star can beat up your movie star!

      For all you prunes, that was a joke! Most likely true, but just a joke!

      May 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • John

        Libs have lost their sense of humor... I wonder why??

        May 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        Yes, but Clooney can out act him, and Norris is a joke.

        May 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
      • Ivy

        Not in looks, or charm, or smarts, or money, or generosity... or real hair.
        Obama/Clooney 2012

        May 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
      • Steveo

        @jean2009.

        NOBODY laughs at Chuck Norris (and tells about it)! NOBODY! :)

        May 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
      • Steveo

        Until Clooney can claim we got beat up by Bruce Lee, he ain't nothin!

        May 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Your Chuck Norris a joke and sorry actor

        Well Steveo for you to call George Clooney a sorry actor, at least he has won a Acadamy Award for best actor twice, what have Chuck Norris won for his acting. None !!! After how many years he's been acting I even watched his show Texas Rangers and that show was so boring even his fighting seens were a joke I'd rather watch Jackie Chans fight seens then his, he can't even act himself. So don't talk about who's acting is sorry I'd pay my money to watch a George Clooney film than a Chuck Norris film, not only George Clooney is one of Americas best actors but he is Americas popular actor. Your just mad because he supports Obama. People like you are a joke. Get over it and quit your whining.

        May 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo ...Did you forget Bruce Lee?
        http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/57347

        May 4, 2012 at 9:33 am |
      • jean2009

        Steveo forgot "Way of the Dragon" ? Clooney was Batman...but these are all make believe.
        In real life Clooney wins.

        May 4, 2012 at 9:39 am |
      • Steveo

        Hey jean2009,

        Clooney was cool in ER! In the facts of life, not so much! I don't begrudge him or his politics. As a fellow American he has every rightn and I'm cool with that!

        The work he is doing to bring attention to genocide is highly commendable! At least he is putting his money and time where his mouth is! I don't share his politics but can still appreciate the work he is doing for others! For that I applaud George Clooney and agree with you that makes him a winner!

        May 4, 2012 at 10:10 am |
      • Steveo

        Ivy

        Not in looks, or charm, or smarts, or money, or generosity... or real hair.
        Obama/Clooney 2012
        ------------–
        I just noticed...You're giving Biden the boot! hahaha!

        May 4, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • Steveo

        @Your Chuck Norris a joke and sorry actor,

        READING is fundamental. CAREFULLY re-read where I said Clooney was a sorry actor. Know why you can't read it? Probably something to do with the FACT I never said Clooney was a sorry actor! But thanks for trying!

        May 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  33. n

    Rove is a thief and an idiot who ever listen to an idiot is also an idiot.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  34. Steveo

    As to the current question...Nope and that includes anybody from either party or movie! $40K? Absolutely not!

    Although "Brother Where Art Thou?" was really good! But $40K? No way and that is not being political, just fiscal!

    May 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  35. Norma Vessels

    Hey, I see that Harold is with us again ... Harold, you need to back off on all that spit and anger .. you're going to give yourself an ulcer.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  36. Norma Vessels

    Sorry, Howard.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • jean2009

      Howie to the rest of us.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  37. insight iowa

    I view both Obama and Clooney as very intelligent men. To answer your question... Yes, if I had a cool $40,000 just lying around I would attend and I would like to thank both of them for do the work God intended us to do ... helping those less fortunate. God is with you. Republican voting straight Democratic ticket 2012.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • open eyes

      Your to generous................this group in the White house is liars.......michele writes off her daughters trip to Africa and calls them senior advisors.........takes her niece and nephew along.........trip cost over HALF MILLION DOLLARS..........like we have that kind of money to waste ...............our country is so far in debit.......people need to wake up another 4 yrs of this spending and we can join the other 3rd world countires.............we need leadership not an x accorn worker who can read a telepromter.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • hammer

      You are talking about two guys who have never worked hard a day in their life.My time means more to me.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Clif

      Not neccesarily. Obama has become a millionaire in the oval office while apparently he was against rich people. George Clooney is a very rich man. Is George Clooney and Barack Obama paying their fair share, Insight Iowa?

      I mean.. I would hope so. The dear leader Dog Eating racist bafoon in the White House did show support for Occupy Wall Street, where the homeless living on welfare (such as yourself) were throwing AIDS infected urine on police officers. You tell me.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  38. Tom in San Diego

    I bet the place is going to be full of 99%ers...

    The hypocracy of these elitests is profound!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  39. hammer

    Clooney must of cut his lip on the President zipper.

    May 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  40. ckwang

    OBAMA AND CLOONEY = BALONEY

    May 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  41. gung hoe

    You have to be kidding me.I wouldnt go if they paid me a hundred grand!! Besides their probably serving pooch pot pie,thats not one of my favorites.From what I heard its a aquired taste.

    May 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Taleh

      Oh he looks great in the photo. You think he's cocky? I think he thinks it's so silly how much atnitteon he gets and just plays it all up. There was an interview in Time with him and I was throughly impressed about how real and down to earth he seemed.

      June 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  42. Bonnie

    Now we know that Clooney is not only a great actor but knows a great leader when he sees one to. Obama and Clooney!!!!! Did I read somewhere that GOP canididates had wracked up a lot of dept during their campaign? Surely not. These are the guys that are susposed to have it all together, but they are in the red? How did that happen?

    May 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  43. dontbow

    no i would not pay that but i would give them both some free advice on where they can stick their money.

    May 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  44. Caryle in Oregon

    Bonnie, that was a good one!! How are they suppose to bring us out of debt if they can't even manage their campaigns?? Loved it :-)

    May 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  45. Robert E. Lee

    Looks like a Party for Narcissists that want to be stroked.

    Hey Liberals do you what that means?

    May 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • racegirl1

      We know what it means, just surprised if you came up with the question on your own. After all you did use words with more than 4 letters.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • jerry

      I believe all thinking Americans know obama suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder...he is still strutting and as arrogant as ever as Rome burns... and don't let these marxists get to you, when they can't argue or reference left wing links and propaganda they insult your intelligence.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  46. jerry

    obama has already held more fund raiser for this reelection than all of our presidents COMBINED since 1977...he is desperate...God knows he can not run on his record, he has made a mess of things...actually everything he has touched is a mess.
    This week alone obama throws israel under the bus(the only real democracy in the middle east)...has john-the-fake-war-hero kerry meeting AGAIN with the muslim brotherhood in egypt to"help them democracise egypt...the brotherhood are sworn enemies of Israel...and remember obama supports the muslim brotherhood in Libya also...yesterday Israel began to call up their military reserves a result of the missile attacks from the egyptian boarder. obama refuses to support syrian democracy seekers as there govt continues to kill more countrymen (now over 9,000 murders), obama turns his back here to appease russia... These are the kinds of thing that occur when we have a president who is not suited for the job and who in his heart and soul is not pro-American...when Israel has to strike (and they will) this could trigger a world wide depression..unlike we have seen yet...at time it seems this is what obama is after.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • Yomi Olalere

      Jerry, Please read below:
      Thanks to Tom of Great NW.
      There are other things we know about President Obama:He didnt lie to us that there was a weapon of mass destruction in Iraq.
      He didn't get a "shoe" moment from the Afghans. His pathetic colleague got a nasty "shoe" almost on his forehead few years ago.
      He didn't create the mess
      He is compassionate about people and have heart for the middle class.
      We also know that he's only used the tax payers' money to save tax payers from the mess the guy that sent US to Iraq war created.
      And I think we know enough between POTUS and ROMNEY.
      And we know about Romney's Swiss Account. If he really believes in America why sending money to Swiss Account?
      We also know about how he asked the young lady that got pregnant outside of the wedlock to offer her baby for adoption. Hmmmmmmmm, do we really need to know more? Ok then ask Romney why he destroyed the documents when he was leaving Massachusets.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  47. Sponge-Bob

    If I had that kind of money laying around I'd give it to a worthwhile charity or to wounded vets, I darn sure wouldn't waste it on two egomaniacs.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:35 am |
  48. gung hoe

    @jerry I couldnt have said it better myself.This guy over on the woman thread named jules last night tried to tell me that obama is christian,guess he thinks he is because obama sat in wrights building listening to him spewing the hate message that he preaches.Obama is indebted to the muslim brotherhood because theyre the ones that put him thru college,at them fancy ivy league schools!

    May 4, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  49. gung hoe

    Ya jerry the reason why he tried telling me that was because I Had asked a lady how obama could be christian and muslim at the same time.And the answer is easy you cant

    May 4, 2012 at 7:23 am |
  50. RS, CA

    I wouldn't pay 4 cents to see Obama OR Clooney anywhere. In fact, I haven't watched a Clooney film in four years. And I won't watch any going forward.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  51. gung hoe

    Agreed steveo clooney is a good actor! The film that he was in that I enjoyed the most was oh brother where art thou yep good movie.

    May 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Steveo

      Agreed gung hoe. The dance hall scene where he and the Soggy Bottom Boys was singing and dancing cracked me up!

      May 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  52. gung hoe

    Myself i liked the river scene where the guy got turned into a horny toad

    May 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  53. Rosco1776

    Can't they all get on the new Titanic being built and have the dinner there? Maybe it will have the same fate the USA Titanic is going through now. Let's see, keep following the same policies that got us here, that will fix it!

    Ron Paul 2012 or BU$T !!

    May 7, 2012 at 7:12 am |
  54. kmzuehlke

    Everything aside ~ This makes me so sad ~ I and friends of mine are hard working people educated experienced and we cant get work to put food on the table and gas in our cars to get to work......We are only eating every other day or less because we have to choose food or gas to get to the very low paying job the husband or wife has....remember I am telling you we are educated and experienced...........We dont want to live off the goverment it is Embarrassing and we feel degraded.....but are hands are being forced.......That kind of money would buy 8000 cars to get the spouse, single mother, unemployed, and whom ever needs wheels to get to work.....just a sample of! Dear God Please Help Them Understand What They Are Doing ! There are so many of us out here!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  55. aliosh

    SHAMEFUL.....Obama and Clooney should be embarrassed asking for that kind of money........for $40,000 dinner better include a miracle healing....

    and what kind of campaign needs 10 million dollars plus?

    There are Americans who can't afford gas, homes, food, college etc!!!

    This endeavor only proves how insensitive and unaware Obama is to the crisis most Americans face surviving in this economy.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Jim Hahn

      It is unfortunate, but those are the rules of the game as set forth by the United States Supreme Court in their Citizens United ruling which now allow for unlimited campaign contributions. Without those kinds of contributions, President Obama will not be able to continue his Presidency and protections for the working classes and the poor. If President Obama were not able to raise that kind of money, we would having Mitt Romney as President and that would mean even less money for those who really need it because America would become a country of the rich, run by the rich and the middle class would have to pick up the tab because their taxes would be twice as high (as a percentage of income) as those making more than $150,000 a year. Furthermore, the next available seat on the Supreme Court would be filled with a judge who supports the Citizens United decision and thus make the Golden Rule (those with the gold make the rules) the law of the land for DECADES to come.

      Please grit your teeth and support President Obama in any way you can. That is unless you like getting stuck with the bill for the benefits the wealthy enjoy.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm |