Michelle Obama disses Palin, promises gay adoption rights

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While Sarah Palin was speaking to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, Michelle Obama was hitting two Hollywood fundraisers, giving subtly different messages to different audiences.

Patrick Range McDonald of LA Weekly, who covered the events as the designated pool reporter. Here's his description of the first stop of the night:

Dressed in a purple tank top with a purple floral skirt and black high heels, Obama first addressed a largely gay and lesbian audience at the home of Bryan Lourd, managing partner of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and Bruce Bozzi, Lourd's companion. The event was described by the Obama campaign as an "LGBT Reception."

Approximately 300 donors attended the fund raiser, which took place in the wealthy, Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills. Minimum contribution for a guest was $1,000 to get through the door. Supporters who raised $25,000 were given access to a VIP room, where Obama met with them and briefly spoke. All money went to the Obama Victory Fund.

Speaking at the fundraiser, Mrs. Obama insinuated that she doesn't think Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is very bright:

Obama then moved on to politics, where she first brought up her husband's vice-presidential choice. "I think it was a really good pick--Senator Joe Biden," she said, and later added, "People say they have amazing chemistry, and it's true."

Obama continued with talk about Biden when she said, "What you learn about Barack from his choice is that he's not afraid of smart people." The crowd softly chuckled.

Later, she spoke about gay rights:

Mindful of the audience in front of her, she then touched up gay and lesbian issues. "In a world as it should be," Obama said, "we repeal laws like DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'" She also said an Obama Administration would "recognize" gay adoption rights. Both lines received loud applause.

Later that evening she spoke at a fundraiser at the home of Samuel L. Jackson:

Located in the gated community of Beverly Park Estates South in the city of Beverly Hills, approximately 300 people attended the event. Minimum contribution for a guest was $2,300, with VIP access for supporters who raised $25,000. All money went to the Obama Victory Fund.

Another star-studded crowd was on hand. Among the celebrities were actor Denzel Washington, actress and singer Barbra Streisand, actor and Streisand's husband, James Brolin, former Lakers star Magic Johnson, actress Scarlett Johansson, actor Ryan Reynolds, and former California governor Gray Davis. Guests gathered poolside in the backyard of Jackson's home and drank red and white wine. Golden shallot pancakes with brie and fig preserves and grilled vegetable torte bites with roasted pepper sauce were served. Bread & Butter Catering provided the food at both fund raisers.

Even in front of a presumably gay-friendly, left-wing Hollywood audience, part of her earlier remarks were omitted from the second appearance:

Obama did not mention anything about gay issues, but much of the rest of the speech was the same.

(Via Wilshire and Washington, Variety's blog on the "intersection of entertainment and politics.)

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4 Comments

Bob said:

I'm an independent and I am now voting McCain. The Dem’s are gonna lose. Period. Palin is the next Reagan. Obama was insecure and chose Biden. That’s weakness. McCain chose Palin because he felt she could lead. That’s courage and strength. America doesn’t like weakness.

It’s a shame really. The Dem’s had it. It should have been their year. But they made 2 critical mistakes. 1) NOT putting Hillary at the top of the ticket. 2) NOT putting Hillary on the bottom of the ticket. They will be kicking themselves for 16 years after two McCain / Palin terms and after two Palin / Jindall terms.

Poor Hillary. Palin will be the first female to break the glass ceiling and become the first woman president in the US.

Sinister said:

God, how DARE Michelle Obama insinuate that gay people are human beings and should be treated with respect and dignity. How DARE she suggest that the GLBT community is entitled to the same rights as you are.

You righties are a real piece of work, you know that?

Also, how in the hell does Barack Obama saying he's not afraid of smart people say anything about Sarah Palin?

Michelle said:

Sinister ~ if Michelle wasn't putting in a little dig about the Sarah Palin pick why did the crowd chuckle? That high-minded, enlightened crowd all knew exactly what she was saying.
And go look up some info on what the gay citizens of Alaska think of Sarah Palin, I think you'll be surprised to see they find that rightie favorable.

Remember WHAT MATTERED MOST TO YOU at 3PM 9/11/2001!!! said:

BEFORE VOTING:
Remember WHAT MATTERED MOST to YOU at 3PM 9/11/2001!!!

I too have been saying
there WILL BE:
2 TERMS of McCain/Palin
THEN 2 TERMS of Palin/Jindall
Then 2 TERMS Jindal/...

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