(This post has been updated.)
Another A-list celebrity will host President Obama at her Hollywood home this week, and a famous author will help a Senate Democrat with the youth vote.
These are just the latest in a long line — and tradition — of famous people coming to the aid of Democrats this year, and pretty much every election year going back to JFK and reaching full bloom with Bill Clinton.
This time it’s actress and lifestyle “coach” Gwyneth Paltrow, who is having Obama and deep-pocketed donors to her house Thursday for an intimate dinner and reception. (We expect that a lot of kale and quinoa will be served. Perhaps some discussion on conscious uncoupling?)
Also this week, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), who is expected to win his reelection (unlike Colorado cousin Sen. Mark Udall who is in a tight race), isn’t taking anything for granted. To up his cool factor, he will have George R.R. Martin, the author of the series that inspired HBO’s fan-fave “Game of Thrones,” at his side at a youth rally and later a fundraiser in Santa Fe on Tuesday. Martin lives in Santa Fe.
The fundraiser promises a discussion about issues important to New Mexico, but questions about the impending “Winter” and the fate of Westeros are likely. (With the show’s backstabbing politicians and constant power plays, it wouldn’t be so off topic.)
Before Obama heads to the left coast, he’ll be in Manhattan for a fundraiser. And the New York Post reports that actor Mark Wahlberg and singer Aretha Franklin will be in attendance. (Remember how gracious the Queen of Soul was when the president misspelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T?)
Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite gaffe-prone vice president will be in Los Angeles on Monday night for an event to raise money for female candidates. There, Biden and guests will be treated to a live performance from “Natural Woman” Carole King.
Sounds fun enough? Maybe being veep isn’t that much of a “bitch” after all.