Washington, June 5 (ANI): Republicans have slammed Barack Obama's celebrity support, saying that the president is more interested in hobnobbing with Hollywood to help his campaign than to help ordinary Americans.
Obama dined last month with 150 guests at George Clooney's California cottage in a massive fundraiser organized by his campaign, and also exchanged quips in January with Spike Lee in the director's New York City townhouse.
Last fall, Obama also entertained megastar Lady Gaga, who was present during a Silicon Valley fundraiser.
According to the Washington, Post, the Republican National Committee released a Web video called Meanwhile, which flashes unemployment numbers for various groups of women, Latinos, African Americans, youth, under clips from an Obama campaign video of Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, talking about hanging out with Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and first lady Michelle Obama.
The bustling sounds of New York City streets give way to crickets chirping at the end of the RNC video, along with the tag line: Obama's focused on keeping his job. But what about yours?
Although Obama faced similar accusations in 2008, the charges are potentially more dangerous this time, given that he is a 'sitting president' responsible for managing the economy, rather than being just one of 100 senators, the paper said.
Yet, the Obama campaign sees Hollywood as a powerful and necessary ally, able to both raise large amounts of money and also speak directly to important subgroups of voters, who identify with the famous, it added.
On Monday, even as his celebrity ties drew criticism, Obama reportedly hosted rock star Jon Bon Jovi on Air Force One on the way to fundraisers in New York.
Obama has drawn support from Hollywood's biggest names, including moviemaking titans Jeffrey Katz?enberg and Steven Spielberg. The fundraiser last week at Clooney's house, included actors Tobey Maguire, Jack Black and Salma Hayek, as the campaign raised a whopping 15 million dollars. (ANI)