In a week of crisis, Obama focuses on fundraising, gourmet meals, elite schmoozing
Kicking off a week of travel to raise political money, yesterday President Obama pushed “immigration reform” at a $10,000 a plate fundraiser held at a restaurant belonging to celebrity chef Jose Andres. Justin Sink writes in The Hill:
President Obama held José Andrés up as an example of the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform during a $10,000-per-plate fundraiser at the celebrity chef's Zaytinya restaurant.
The president called Andrés “exhibit A of giving immigrants an opportunity” and credited the Spanish immigrant as “the quintessential American success story.”
“Michelle loves him. I love him,” Obama added.
The Obamas have long been fans of Andrés, with the first couple spending last Valentine's Day at his Minibar restaurant. Andrés also catered a lunch for the spouses of world leaders during the G8 summit at Camp David in 2012, and the Obamas visited his Oyamel restaurant in Washington this February.
Andres came to this country legally, and worked hard, starting and growing a business that now employs thousands of people. But Obama (and the chef himself, a big Obama supporter) conflate legal and illegal immigrants. This insults people who follow the rules and wait in line, and rewards those who don't bother with respecting our sovereignty.
Yesterday’s fundraiser was only a taste of what lies ahead for the leader of a nation facing multiple crises – Ebola, ISIS’s slaughter of Kurds and advance to the Turkish border, negotiations with Iran. It is fundraising that captures the president’s time:
The fundraiser Monday night, which will benefit the Democratic National Committee, begins a busy week of fundraising for the president. On Tuesday, Obama will attend at least two DNC events in New York City, and then head to Connecticut for a fundraiser benefiting Senate Democrats.
On Thursday, the president will head to Los Angeles for another DNC event. The next day, he'll head to San Francisco for two more days of fundraisers benefitting the DNC.
Insuppose we should be grateful that today, before he jets off for fundraising, the president is actually attending his Presidential Daily Briefing, according to White House Dossier:
10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
12:30 pm || Departs White House
1:40 pm || Arrives New York City
2:25 pm || Attends a DNC fundraiser; private residence, New York
4:10 pm || Attends a DNC fundraiser; New York
6:40 pm || Attends a fundraiser for Senate Democrats; private residence, Greenwich, Connecticut
8:05 pm || Departs New York
9:15 pm || Arrives White House