Okay, in fairness, it’s not really Obama’s champagne tower, worth over $100,000. It’s Jay-Z and Beyonce’s golden champagne tower and it was a centerpiece of last night’s Obama campaign fundraiser (his 141st this year) at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club, where for a mere $40,000 per person, folks got to hang with the president and hear his pearls.
There’s nothing more to be said, really, except the picture and accompanying story come to you courtesy of the UK press, as both of Obama’s fundraisers in NYC yesterday (amounting to a take of over $6,000,000) were “pen and pad coverage only” – no mics or cameras allowed. Because transparency…and the sustaining of illusions.
The US press keeps on dealing those double-standards. Does anyone doubt that if Romney attended a fundraiser with that monstrosity in place, the press would have obediently put away their cameras, or quietly accepted such a ban? We all know they’d be screaming about transparency, elitism, evil rich money barons (as opposed to non-evil rich creative types) and the out-of-touchness of it all. They’d splash it all over the papers, lead the nightly news with it and the cable shows would wax wroth and and declare, “no one can go to a party with that vulgarity at its centerpiece and then convince the American people that he understands their hardships! Bad optics! Poor judgment! More people are on food stamps this week than at any time in the nation’s history, and this will not play well on the breadlines! Capitalist pigginess! Clearly, the END of his candidacy! His candidacy died, today!” They’d go into the streets and find people to shake their heads at such a callous display of wealth and greed, while so many people are struggling.
The rest of us? Not so lucky.