President Obama at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Home: Democrats ‘Get Depressed too Easily’

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President Obama, appearing at a fundraiser before about 200 people at the Brentwood-area home of Gwyneth Paltrow, including Julia Roberts and Bradley Whitford, implored Democratic donors to feel a sense of urgency about the upcoming midterm elections.

According to a pool report from the event, he even talked about Democrats’ “congenital disease.” “A, we get depressed too easily, and B, we’re terrible at paying attention to midterm elections,” he said to the crowd gathered on white folding chairs in Paltrow’s backyard.

“When there’s no a president on the ballot, we tend to get complacent,” he said. “We can’t afford to get complacent right now.”

The event, with tickets starting at $1,000 per person, was raising money for the Democratic National Committee. others who attended included Clarence Avant and Steve Westly, as well as advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Simas.

Paltrow, joined by her children Apple and Moses, said she was one of the president’s “biggest fans, if not the biggest,” and cited his efforts for sustainable energy and his push for equal pay. The latter, she said, was “very important to me as a working mother.”

As she turned the microphone over to him, she quipped, “you’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”

Obama spoke about troubles overseas in Russia, Iraq and Syria, as well as efforts to fight the ebola epidemic. He cited the improving economy, with a record 55 months of uninterrupted job growth,and that “there is almost no economic measure by which we’re not better off than we were when I came into office.” But “people remain anxious about the future,” he said.

“Most of the gains in our economy go to the folks who are in this lovely yard — and the average person has not seen their wages or incomes go up in the last 20 years,” he said. He called for raising the minimum wage, closing the pay gap between men and women and investing in infrastructure.

He said that it is a “narrow ideological band of folks in the Republican Party that have taken over and are saying no to everything.”

About 50 donors were to attend a more intimate dinner with the president, with tickets as high as $32,400 per person. Obama took questions on Iraq and Syria, among other topics, as guests ate long communal tables fitting a couple dozen each, according to a source who attended.

In his remarks to the larger crowd, Obama also blamed the partisan media in part for what he said was “such a cynical time.”

“Each side of the political divide gets its information from different sources, and we only listen to folks who feed our biases and our inclinations,” he said. “And bad news tends to attract the most attention.”

“I hope that in these midterms you feel a sense of urgency about this — and I’m talking to you Democrats,” he said.

The event drew fears of traffic snarls, but residents in the area said that tieups were largely confined to the area on Sunset Boulevard near Mandeville Canyon.

Paltrow last hosted an event for Obama in London, where she drew ex-pats living in the city donating to his 2012 reelection campaign.

“Even though I couldn’t go, I wanted to go, but they said there are no voters that I can knock on doors in London,” Obama said.


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  1. Steven says:

    I’m disappointed in the senior editor that wrote this column. Spellcheck maybe? I’ve found 3 errors already and I’m not half way through the article.

  2. Kristi says:

    Depressing thinking what dinner you would be served at an overly skinny actress that likes goop and how much you paid for it.

  3. Aida Takla O'Reilly says:

    Bravo Gwyneth
    Not only is the President gorgeous,
    He has an unparalleled superior brain,
    Good manners and control.
    He brought us Americans hope of regaining our moral authority

  4. Jim says:

    President Obama at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Home: Democrats ‘Get Depressed too Easily’

    He said it better than me.

  5. sharon hodges says:

    Yeah, Paltrow’s comments about giving Obama more power is all over the alternative press. If you read this Ms Paltrow, we are a Constitutional Republic. Power is divided between three branches of government – the whole point is to limit power to the President, because it would be real easy for any despot to march in here and start running the place like a dictatorship – you might try North Korea if you’re looking for ultimate power

    • cadavra says:

      Funny, I don’t recall you complaining when Bush declared himself The Unitary Executive with almost unlimited powers and unanswerable to Congress, while Dick Cheney announced he was The Fourth Branch of Government, unanswerable to no one, including the President. But then, they’re white.

      • John Shea says:

        I don’t know whether you’re a racist, Cadavra. I was talking about your comment. As for your walls, I don’t think irony leave stains.

      • John Shea says:

        I was talking about both, and being ironic. I read and understood your racist comment all too well.

      • cadavra says:

        I’M the racist? Wow, the “irony” is fairly sloshing off the walls.

      • cadavra says:

        @John Shea: I wasn’t talking about Obama. I was talking about Bush. #learntoread

      • John Shea says:

        Indeed! So it’s a good thing President Obama abolished the Patriot Act, closed the Guantanamo Bay detention center, withdrew all troops from the Middle East and stopped the NSA snooping on us.

        Oh, wait…

      • GKN says:

        Exactly, cadavra. Or when Bush and co. took away most of our Constitutional rights with their so-called ‘Patriot Act’. Lady, since when is fund-raising or campaigning something new? That was indeed a transparently sick-with-party-fever or bigoted remark.

  6. Contessa46 says:

    The American public is the most self centered gullible idiots! The debt has been reduced by a trillion dollars and at the same time people who could never afford health care can now see a doctor when they are ill. Taxes? I live in AZ where the real estate taxes are so low –it was 1 months mortgage payment in NY! The revenue is the lowest since before the 1950’s and the American public is suffering because of it. Mega corporations are refusing to pay a decent wage or benefits and they still outsource jobs! Our congress is out to lunch while we keep paying them for doing nothing. It’s NOT about leadership it’s about the fact that the south hates the black man in the white house! So while we all voted him in, we now are being punished by the southern idiots ( AZ included). The republican have very strategically gotten republican governors elected, gerrymandered votng districts and are imposing all kinds of voter laws for their benefit–to disenfranchise everyone but as,e thinking people–no diversity. They are destroying America and made us the laughing stock in other more progressive countries. They are destroying our educational system, soon to be social security and Medicare and you all have only yourselves to blame. Voting against your own best interest is what morons do!

  7. Joe says:

    Maybe D’s are depressed because O hasn’t been much of a leader.

    And maybe all the spoils f the economy go to the rich D donors because this administration has been terrible for small business which is historically the job growth engine.

    • David says:

      you really drank the Republican Kool Aid didn’t you? How about getting some jobs going through a sorely needed infrastructure bill? Too bad your meth addled, uneducated teabaggers elected know nothings and do nothings to Congress.

  8. Also, my healthcare premiums went up $1800 last year when the Obamacare website went up! These kinds of big-spending Democrat Party policies seem to increase unemployment and depress wages/income, not to mention spur inflation. For example, African American and Latino youth unemployment is much higher under all these ill-advised “minimum wage” laws and open border policies, not to mention all the complicated, unnecessary laws and regulations. High taxes, high “fees” and complicated laws/regulations are evil! They lead to corruption and soft tyranny. Hollywood’s elites don’t like the high taxes in California when it comes to their own activities, but they’re okay for the rest of us bozos, the peed ons! Instead of paying $32,400 to worship Pres. Obama, just send the money to me! I need it more than he or the Democrat Party does.

    • David says:

      says Clueless

    • Mike says:

      We have one of the lowest tax rates in the ENTIRE WORLD!!! What leads to corruption are laws like Citizens United so please stop your whining. Btw, you act like paying low taxes is some sort of Hollywood thing. Mitt Romney only pays 11% in taxes.

      • John Shea says:

        The USA USED to have one of the lowest tax rates in the world, but those days are long gone. The top US Federal income tax rate alone is now about 43%. Many countries are 20% or less. Russia’s top rate is 13%, less than a third of the US rate.

      • Bossman says:

        Wow. Keep sipping that lefty-flavored kool aid. You’re well on your way to land of the lost.

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