October 31, 2012 |
Thanksgiving is already over in Canada--it's celebrated the second Monday in October--so now our neighbors to the north are already preparing for Christmas festivities. One of the most traditional takes place in Victoria, British Columbia, where the National Gingerbread Showcase will be staged Nov. 24-Jan. 1. Amateur and professional bakers will display their wares. Last year's competition had an international flair. Replicas of Paris' Eiffel Tower and London's Harrods department store stood beside a colorful beehive and an old-fashioned bookshop.
May 29, 2012 |
Donald Trump, brought back into the Mitt Romney political fold for a Las Vegas fundraiser, refused to back down Tuesday on his belief that President Obama wasn't born in the United States. Trump, who has been a persistent advocate for the "birther" cause, said in an interview with CNBC that "nothing's changed my mind," even after Obama released his long-form birth certificate last year. "And by the way, you know, you have a huge group of people. I walk down the street and people are screaming, 'Please don't give that up.' Look, a publisher came out last week and had a statement about Obama given by them to Obama when he was doing a book as a young man a number of years ago in the '90s: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia,'" Trump said.
May 11, 2012 |
President Obama's fundraiser Thursday night at George Clooney's house was marked by the glitz of celebrity attendees and jokes about the president's graying hair and wrinkled visage. But the tone of the president, less defiant than prior visits, more sober, was a reflection of the headwinds he faces going into the general election. Obama highlighted the challenge of wooing an electorate that is still struggling in the nation's slowly recovering economy. “This is going to be harder than it was the last time -- not only because I'm older and grayer and your "Hope" posters are dog-eared,” Obama said to laughter.
September 16, 2009 |
President Obama, making an unusual foray into a Democratic primary election battle, told a paid crowd of supporters of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) on Tuesday that the senator would fight "to help me move this country forward." The reception drew 750 people, some of whom paid $2,400 to attend. The president was scheduled to attend a more intimate gathering of Specter's big-money donors later today. Overall, the fundraiser was expected to bring in nearly $2.5 million, split between Specter's campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
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December 10, 2013 |
When I got to the fundraiser Monday night for L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, I was told the press was not welcome. Why not? I wondered. You'd think Baca would want the world to know that, despite one debacle after another in his department - including the indictment of 18 current and former staffers earlier Monday for alleged beatings of inmates and other crimes - he still had supporters who were willing to be seen in public. The cost of Monday night's love-in, by the way, was $1,500 a ticket.
October 24, 2011 |
A former Energy Department official linked to the failed Solyndra solar enterprise deal continues to raise campaign money for President Obama and helped plan a fundraising luncheon that the president will attend in San Francisco on Tuesday. Steven Spinner, who remains in the top tier of Obama fundraisers, took part in a conference call in recent weeks devoted to planning the event at the W Hotel. He also has joined other Obama fundraising calls, according to a person familiar with Spinner's participation who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly.
October 18, 2011 |
When First Lady Michelle Obama comes home to Chicago on Oct. 25, a group photo with her at a campaign fundraiser won't come cheap. The asking price for a ticket to a "family photo reception" is $10,000, according to an invitation to the event. The invitation specifies that there may be a maximum of six guests in the photo. The first lady is visiting Chicago to attend a summit with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the problem of food deserts, areas that lack access to nutritious foods.
January 20, 2012 |
It cost $200 a ticket to hear President Obama speak at a fundraiser Thursday in New York. Obama singing? That was just a bonus. The president thrilled the crowd of about 1,400 at the landmark Apollo Theater when he briefly launched into song, crooning a few lines of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" to the surprise of, well, just about everyone. Even more -- he wasn't half bad. "I - I - I -- I'm so in love with you," he crooned in a somewhat sheepish falsetto, as the audience roared in approval.
June 5, 2012 |
The singer Pink, who was scheduled to headline a fundraiser for President Obama on Wednesday in Beverly Hills, pulled out because she is ill, according to the president's reelection campaign. “Glee” star Darren Criss, who plays an openly gay high school student on the hit Fox television series, will perform in her place at the gala, which is aimed at the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, and comes on the heels of Obama announcing his support of same-sex marriage.
January 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Henry R. Muñoz III's cellphone began buzzing furiously Sunday night while he was attending a gala he helped produce at the Kennedy Center that capped Latino Inaugural 2013, a three-day celebration of President Obama's second swearing-in. It wasn't until he got back to his hotel room around midnight that he listened to the string of messages -- the last from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, asking him to call right away. “I thought, 'Oh my god, what did I do wrong?