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Obama Stiffs Republicans, Brings Hollywood to First State Dinner

November 24, 2009


DreamWorks partners David Geffen,
Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg
all got invites to President Obama’s first
State Dinner. Most key Reublicans in
Congress didn’t make the list.
(Time Magazine cover, March 27, 1995)


Hat tip to The Washington Times for appreciating the significance of this particular party list.

The Times reports today about who did and didn’t make the cut for President Barack Obama’s first state dinner. Noticeably absent are top Republican lawmakers. Who did make the list? Well, Oprah Winfrey, for one.

Although many in mainstream media will attempt to discount the significance of the invite list – who made Obama’s A-List and who didn’t – the fact is this list is a solid representation of Obama’s vanity and skewed priorities in Washington.

So far, according to the Times, we know one Republican did get an invitation –

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell received an invitation but decided to skip the dinner.

“Sen. McConnell is with his constituents this week and will be at Kentucky events tomorrow and tomorrow night,” Don Stewart, the senator’s communications director, said Monday.

But the list of top congressional Republicans stiffed by the Administration is longer and says far more about Obama’s notion of bipartisan leadership in Washington.

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner won’t be there; he’s on Thanksgiving break and home in Ohio. His deputy, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, also didn’t get an invitation to the dinner.

The president didn’t invite his 2008 rival, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, even though Mr. Obama the candidate pledged a post-partisan presidency.

Hollywood, however – according to some reports and rumors – will be well represented.

According to rumors, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, who endorsed Mr. Obama during the campaign, will be attending. Reports emerged Monday that Hollywood will be in the house: DreamWorks partners David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, along with Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Michael Lynton and WME Entertainment Agency co-CEO Ari Emanuel, will attend, according to

  1. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 24, 2009 7:43 am

    One way to limit the amount of guests is to only invite people who desire publicity, nothing more.

  2. John Redman permalink
    November 24, 2009 8:03 am

    Presidential Psycho-Glitz ala Bill Clinton, the other air ball.

    Well, as we learned from brother Gump, shallow is as shallow does.

  3. Michael permalink
    November 24, 2009 8:17 am

    Why would you invite a bunch of people who hate you and have done nothing but try to drag you down too anything?

    • Fed Paper 10 permalink
      November 26, 2009 12:22 pm

      To be gracious, of course. Among civilized people, being gracious is considered a virtue. Among barbarians, one shuns, denigrates and finally executes one’s enemies. Nothing stays the same. A person, a nation, a culture, is constantly changing day by day either for the better or for the worse. If today’s President lacks the grace and civility of past Presidents, then the nation is degenerating If people accommodate an ungracious, uncivil President, then the people, too, are declining in morals, civility, and even basic etiquette.

      • Elaine B permalink
        November 29, 2009 8:37 am

        Extremely well stated.

        • Carterthewriter permalink
          November 29, 2009 9:04 am

          Punch a thumbs up, Elaine! I did.

  4. Cas Balicki permalink
    November 24, 2009 8:28 am

    Will Glen Beck be there?

    • Karen Northon permalink
      November 24, 2009 8:40 am

      LOL! I needed that. Thanks Cas!

  5. November 24, 2009 8:51 am

    I think this President is a GROSS MISTAKE for this country

  6. Cynthia Thornburg permalink
    November 24, 2009 10:23 am

    When you invite trailer trash to take up residence in the White House, this is the kind of “make believe world” state dinner attendees you get. These people are turning our country and our traditions into nothing more than jokes.

  7. wilmo permalink
    November 24, 2009 11:07 am

    I don’t think any other President ever scheduled a state dinner during Thanksgiving week. But this one has no regard, but rather contempt for all our great American traditions. I wonder what extravaganza he’ll schedule on December 23. Thank God we have our families to turn at these times–that’s one of the few things he can’t take away from us.

  8. In the Know permalink
    November 24, 2009 11:11 am

    Soon they will board up the windows and doors and hold a masquerade to take their all too important minds off of the troubles of the world. I wonder if the mysterious character in red will get in despite their efforts?

  9. ausscyn permalink
    November 24, 2009 3:27 pm

    F…’em, let’em eat cake!

    While we’re in the midst of a depression, Nero (Obama) fiddles!

  10. Dr. Butters permalink
    November 24, 2009 7:36 pm

    So far, I see two facts wrong in this article. Senator Boehner was invited, and Oprah Winfrey was not. I wonder how many OTHER erroneous details are contained on this blog.

    • Carterthewriter permalink
      November 24, 2009 8:27 pm

      Butter your bread and take a nap.

    • In the Know permalink
      November 25, 2009 7:50 am

      Could you provide data to support your claims?

    • Karen Northon permalink
      November 25, 2009 8:42 am

      Dear angry Dr. Butters,

      (I’ll just assume the “Dr.” is an honorary title you have bestowed upon yourself.)

      Pay closer attention next time. My article says “House Minority Leader John A. Boehner won’t be there; he’s on Thanksgiving break and home in Ohio.” It does NOT say Boehner wasn’t invited.

      And Oprah was invited, as was her BFF Gayle King. Although King did attend, Oprah did not.

      Check the list. The White House released the official list of attendees shortly before the dinner. Please keep a tighter leash on your ignorance, lest it again get loose and attack the informed.

      • Jake permalink
        November 25, 2009 2:35 pm

        “But the list of top congressional Republicans stiffed by the Administration is longer and says far more about Obama’s notion of bipartisan leadership in Washington.”

        Quoting a misleading passage doesn’t work when you just said top congressional Republicans were stiffed.

        And since you said
        “The Times reports today about who did and didn’t make the cut for President Barack Obama’s first state dinner. Noticeably absent are top Republican lawmakers. Who did make the list? Well, Oprah Winfrey, for one.”

        So if the list of people making a “cut” you were referring to was invitees you are wrong because top Republican lawmakers referenced in this article were invited and if the list was attendees you were wrong because Oprah will not be attending. Excellent work pinning your hypocrisy down on that one.

        • Fed Paper 10 permalink
          November 26, 2009 12:45 pm

          Now, that’s just silly, Jake. How were you able to discern that the author committed hypocrisy, as opposed to have made an honest mistake? Obviously, it wasn’t a mistake, but neither is it obviously hypocrisy. You are a confused young man. Further, you seem to be accusing the author for statements in the Times article. She wasn’t defending it; she was explaining its significance. That’s why, for example, you read “according to the Times”

          “Noticeably absent are top Republican lawmakers.” This holds true even if one or two or a few “top” Republican solons were invited. The author is talking about a trend; there is no denial of exceptions; exceptions are given in the article. The trend is to exclude top Republican legislators, such as John McCain. Do you remember him? He was the standard-bearer for the Republican party for the 2008 election. One may be excused to expect him to have attended. Was he even invited? (Were any of Obama’s Chicago “supporters” there?)

          Some people love attention. That’s why many performers can go 10 hours or more a day, seven days a week. They thrive on the attention. Celebrities like celebrities and many Americans worship the lives of their celebrity icons. Instead of rubbing shoulders with celebrity entertainers in hopes some of their glow or popularity or charm will rub off on him, a President should be rubbing shoulders with law-makers and decision-makers. If not them, then with Dads and Moms, not lobbyists and executive office tax-dodgers.

  11. discerning curmudgeon permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:25 am

    Wasn’t it rather obvious he would invite his Socialist/Marxist?ACORN “nuts”-goes with HIS territory. He needs to be impeached, but too many sheeple in this country afraid of their own shadow. It would be nice if Attorney Phillip Berg could prevail in his lawsuit against this SORO’s “Manchurian Candidate” puppet parking his butt in the WH.

  12. peachey permalink
    November 25, 2009 1:07 pm

    After the demo-trash crowd enjoyed the delicious meal and celebrity entertainment they danced the night away in their splendid attire in the magical wonderland set up in the White House gardens.The American jobless,disheartened public,and battlefield soldiers looked on in rage at the lack of intelligence and morality of the current Obama administration.
    After all the demo-trash reasoned,there are food pantries, churches and soup kitchens that they can go to. After all, we are donating all of the left over cuisine to the area pantries for the needy. What more is there? Oh and we will check into the viability of shipping some of the fare over to Iraq and Afganistan.

  13. shane comeback permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:32 pm

    It looks like Bobby Jindal was there, but I expect that was more for the benefit of his guest from India than any thing else.

  14. November 25, 2009 9:02 pm

    I wonder if Bobby Jindal WOULD have been invited if the guest from India had not been there…hmmmmmm.. I doubt it.

  15. Freeme permalink
    November 27, 2009 7:56 am

    You were expecting WHAT?
    Bipartisanship? Fairness? Ethics? Compassion?
    These words may be in their vocabulary, but NO ACTIONS reveal they believe the above words true definitions, by any stretch.
    This is all about ‘getting even’ and actions to do anything they want, and particularly …rubbing our noses in it as BO looks down his at US…

  16. TOMMY permalink
    November 28, 2009 12:38 pm



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