Barack Obama's $1M pizza party
You know, maybe it’s our nature, maybe it’s our – how do we say? – less-voracious media, but you rarely hear the same stories about Canadian politics as you do U.S.
There is little glitz to Canuck campaigns, not nearly enough smear, and certainly no $40,000-a-plate dinners at George Clooney’s house.
Yet that’s what the actor will host next month to support Barack Obama’s re-election, with all funds reportedly going to the Obama Victory Fund.
$40,000-a-plate? Well, that’s a lot … but is it a $1 million pizza party?
Indeed, later this month, before he will visit Clooney’s home to gladhand and smile for photos, Obama will head to Detroit for a pizza party in probably the exact opposite fashion as you’d hold at the office.
*Bing: Who is likely to be the Republican candidate opposite Obama?
The prez’s Motor City fundraiser will be hosted at the home of Denise Ilitch, the daughter of Little Caesars’ founders Mike and Marian Ilitch.
The Ilitch’s, of course, are stinking rich, owners of one of the great fortunes in Michigan. In addition to the Little Caesars chain, they own Detroit’s Fox Theatre and Motor City Casino, as well as the Red Wings and Tigers. Recently, Ilitch opened the bank to throw $214 million at first baseman Prince Fielder.
Admission to the Ilitch party won’t come cheap. Like Clooney’s event, $40,000 will get you access to a cocktail reception, dinner and a formal photo with Obama. If you’ve only got $10,000 to give, you can get dinner and a photo, according to CBS Detroit.
What’s great to picture, though, is a bunch of rich people, used to caviar and foie gras and the other trappings of fancy dinner parties, standing around mowing down on pizza. That is, Little Caesars pizza.
If you wanted a better visual than the leader of the free world standing around munching a Hot-N-Ready, picture this: according to Denise Ilitch, the party’s host, the pie will also be served on sterling silver plates.
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Posted by: Yummmm | Apr 12, 2021 1:43:06 PM
What a bunch of baloney err... pepperoni. Since there are lots of down and out people in Motor City hopefully any leftover crust or crumbs will be passed over to the Detroit soup kitchens...
Posted by: Dr. J. Lindon | Apr 13, 2021 11:46:02 AM
Better be damn good pizza!
Posted by: Jeffo | Apr 14, 2021 3:30:05 AM
What a dumb story. Typical Sensational headline, failing to deliver. Tabloid journalism, now in convenient web format!
Posted by: Dave | Apr 14, 2021 2:21:35 PM
So...the 1% have or do not have any influence on the outcome of elections? Well, if you are Little Caesar and you are raising a few million bucks for a candidate, I guess you can call in on a favour now and then. This story stinks of the rich helping the rich. Why not $40,000 a plate to help New Orleans or helping political refugees enter the USA legally?
I don't think I will be there out of principle...although I could afford it. I turn down "charity extravaganza" dinners and donate the full price without having a $300 dinner at a 5 star hotel quite often.
The 1% love to pat each other on the back about job creation and charitable work while paying less taxes and laying people off. America, open your eyes! When did a $40,000 pizza start making sense for the whole country?
Posted by: Ashley | Apr 14, 2021 4:07:14 PM
Eww little cesars pizza is nasty. Way too much for that garbage!!! LOL rich and stupid the people going to that event.
Posted by: tony | Apr 16, 2021 11:09:54 AM
lol dave. If you could afford to go to the 40,000 dinner you are one of the 1 %. Kwitcherbithchin and enjoy your pizza
Posted by: Snellgrove | Apr 16, 2021 10:36:36 PM
Dave, I don't think you understand how politics works. How can anybody be expected to "save the world" without having power? If the Ilitch's want to help save the world, they could have a 40,000 per dish fundraiser for New Orleans, or they could help Obama get re-elected, believing him to be a candidate that can help the world with much more money than they can logically give away.
There has to be some give and take. You pat yourself on the back for giving money to charities, but how far can that go? One million? Two million? Barack Obama has the finances of a nation at his disposal. You are an idiot, in the classic Greek sense of the word, if you do not understand.
Posted by: Oh Really !! | Apr 17, 2021 11:33:51 AM
@Snellgrove... who's calling who an idiot ? SAVE THE WORLD... really !! ROFLMAO ... from what... from who ? Rose colored glass wearing morons like you ? Get a grip on reality. Obama has the finances of a nation at his disposal ?? What finances... his country is a gazillion trillion $$ in debt. Save yourselves !!
Posted by: how to claim back ppi | Apr 19, 2021 1:28:11 AM
how can go to party, much more money wasted about the party. There has to be some give and take. You pat yourself on the back for giving money to charities, but how far can that go? One million? Two million? Barack Obama has the finances of a nation at his disposal. You are an idiot, in the classic Greek sense of the word, if you do not understand.