By Eric Longabardi
So today's the big day, The President of the United States, (aka POTUS) Barack Obama is in town to raise money for the 2012 Presidential campaign. And he'll be in Corona Del Mar Thursday morning to do it. In case you missed it, it's not a public event and you're not invited.
It's probably too late now, but if you had wanted to go, it would have cost you a minimum of $2,500 and up to the A-ticket package of a paltry $38,500. Yes, don't rub your eyes, that's nearly forty grand to enjoy a lovely breakfast event and hear a few remarks from the President. If you decided to fork over the big bucks, you'll even get a picture with your friendly President to take home with you.
It's a time honored tradition, our political figures and elected officials from the President on down running around town and the country selling their political souls for cash and a few highly paid for photo ops. All of course in the name of the "greater good".
Our current President doesn't have a monopoly on the practice of trolling for dollars. It's done by all sides of the political spectrum. A universal flaw in the political process that is out of control and getting worse every year. If you want to run for elected office, it will cost a LOT of money. And as they say in Hollywood, where President Obama came from just prior to his Corona Del Mar visit, never-never ever invest your own money!
So back to the POTUS comes to Newport story.
Tomorrow most of you here in Newport Beach and in the surrounding OC won't have the money to see or hear "your" President. Maybe it's just not your thing anyway, or even if it is, you might be a few grand or more shy of the needed price of admission.
So I'm going to give you the next best thing! A preview of the event's lovely location. It's the home of Obama campaign contributors Jeffery and Nancy Stack of Corona Del Mar. I won't go into detail, but let's just say the Stacks have done very well in the old capitalism game and there is no shame in that. The house, according to online real estate site Zillow is currently valued at just under three-million dollars, has 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. And with nearly 10,000 square feet of living area it has more than enough room to throw a fundraiser for the estimated 100 plus exptected guests.
Never mind the mulit-level terraced backyard, swimming pool, basketball court (maybe POTUS, a noted hoopster himself will play a quick game of H-O-R-S-E with a lucky paying customer) and of course, not to forget the lovely view of the sand and surf of the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Both of Stack's are longtime supporters of the President and have given him and the Democratic Party loads of cash over the years. Here's a picture of Jeff Stack from the home builders website. He seems happy and you can clearly tell loves a good bottle of wine!
(Jeff Stack - Corona Del Mar host of President Obama)
There's no crime in that. In a free country you're entitled to support whatever political candidate you want financially. There are some rules and laws about how much you can give and exactly how you can dole out your generosity, but as long as you don't violate those rules, you're free to do what you want. God bless political captialism! And I do think that's the way it ougt to be.
Nonetheless that simple fact also makes for a harsh reality. Rich people with money to spend will end up having more influence and access in the political process than people without it. I call it 'Political-Capitalism 101'. You know that thing Michael Moore hates so much, but doesn't mind collecting his profit from. Mitt Romney and the GOP on the other hand seem to me to be saying they like making money as well, but they have no applogies and don't feel the need get get all defense about it.
For all you so-called 99%-ers out there, this is for you.
As for the rest of you, and especially those of you that already live in Newport Beach and are much more likely to be in that place called the 1% -- this place might not impress you as much, but still you have to admit it's a pretty nice place to call home. Personally I think it's a lovely place and I wouldn't have a problem calling it my crash pad if the Stack's need somebody to watch the place for a while if they're planning on taking a trip around the world for a year or two. I promise to take good care of it!
Simply put the place is a tribute to the people who designed it, built it and paid for it.
It's also a great place to hold a political money shakedown, no matter who's doing the shaking, Democrat, Republican or any other political party. This time it happens to be our current sitting President and the Democrats.
So here's your preview of the house that President Obama and his well-healed supporters will be having breakfast and talking political shop at tomorrow in Corona Del Mar. As for the rest of you who will be screaming at each other on the sides of Pacific Coast Highway in protest or support of President Obama, I have only this to say. I'm betting the breakfast inside the event is going to be a lot better than the coffee and doughnuts I'd expect at the various demonstration sites outside!
I'm hoping one thing that this opinion column of mine can do is call all sides of the political debate together in unity!... at least on this one issue!
This is a very nice house! I doubt I'd get a single disagreement or political bent or bias from either side on that!
So take a look at the house yourself via the link above and just imagine you have 2.5K to drop in on breakfast with POTUS or maybe even 10K or nearly 40K and just close your eyes and say YES I CAN ..YES I CAN ..YES I CAN!
Here's the catch, if it doesn't work and the money doesn't appear, don't blame me.
Remember -- I'm just giving you my opinion!