President Barack Obama is flying to Los Angeles next Monday… to raise money for his campaign, but lately Hollywood has been reluctant on supporting the President .
President Obama will be meeting his generous “supporters” at the House of Blues, where tickets to attend are being sold between 250$ and 10,000$, and 35,800 a couple at Fig & Olive, but he also comes to check on the traditional generosity of Hollywood, which he may find a chillier place than usual.
Although the entertainment business continues to be a major source of financial support for the President’s re-election, some strong 2008 supports as Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Robert Redford or Matt Damon have made it clear about their deception, and about what they see as the President’s failures on everything from education to the environment, and the US military engagements, to his basic leadership abilities.
“I really think he misinterpreted his mandate,” Damon, who appeared at rallies for Obama in 2008, told CNN’s Piers Morgan recently. “A friend of mine said to me the other day, and I thought it was a great line, ‘I no longer hope for audacity.’”
Some have not mentioned yet wether they would support Obama, as they had done in 2008, or not… like George Lucas, Barbra Streisand, Leonardo Di Caprio, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks, Warner Bros. Pictures President Jeff Robinov, or Robert De Niro who had not hesitated in 2008 to join then candidate Obama on the campaign trail .
Obama needs these supports and his trip to Hollywood is not only to attend some pricey ticket events, but also to wake up the industry moguls and their people…
After all, employees at Comcast comprise the biggest block of Obama contributors with nearly $200,000 given to the campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Other top clusters of Obama givers include the Creative Artists Agency ($111,900), DreamWorks SKG ($107,400) and Sony Corp. ($95,900).
Los Angeles is the top giving metropolitan area for the re-election effort, having shelled out a total of $5.2 million through June.
But this time, so intense is the disappointment, that some people think that there could be an ideological shift in the Industry.
By focusing on the economy, and leaving social issues like abortion, gay rights, education, Death penalty, on the back burner, Obama might have lost some figures in the entertainment business.
The real question is wether Obama can afford losing these supports or not… and the answer is more likely to be no, as he proves it with this first visit to Hollywood for fund raising, which might be the first in many to come.