Hollywood fetes the president

Hollywood liberals put their money where their mouth is last night at a $35,000 a plate dinner for the president's re-election.

The Hill:

"I carry around a little checklist, and I think we've gotten about 60 percent of it done so far," Obama said. "And that's not bad for three years, because I need another five."

The president joked that his recently announced plan to allow homeowners to refinance mortgages would free up money so they could go watch Smith's movies at Johnson's chain of movie theaters.

"Today, I announced helping homeowners refinance their homes, because a lot of them are underwater now and so they're having trouble refinancing," Obama said. "But that could free up billions of dollars for American consumers who can then shop and go to Will's movies and spend money at whatever business Magic has and could help grow the economy overall."

Obama also criticized Republican leaders in the Senate for preventing votes on his jobs package.

"We have not gotten a single Republican vote out of this current Senate," Obama said. "And it's primarily because they don't think that, politically, it's advantageous to do so. And I think that's a mistake, and so we're putting pressure on them."

Later Monday evening, Obama spoke at a $5,000-per-head event at the home of actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. Actress Eva Longoria and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were also in attendance.

Obama may be as popular as the plague elsewhere in America but the warm reception he gets from the mega-millionaires in Hollywood only shows how truly out of touch he is with ordinary people.