Joe Biden goes from G7 to Jimmy Kimmel fundraiser, while Kamala Harris goes to Switzerland
President Joe Biden claps with Vice President Kamala Harris after speaking on updated guidance on face mask mandates and COVID-19 response, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Washington. Image via AP.

It’s a stark reminder that his responsibilities as President and his reelection effort can sometimes conflict.

After flying through the night across nine time zones, from southern Italy to Southern California, President Joe Biden is shifting his focus from Russia’s challenge of Western unity to raking in big money for his reelection campaign at a Hollywood fundraiser featuring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Biden went straight from the Group of Seven summit of wealthy democracies, where Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine took center stage, to Los Angeles and the glitzy gathering unfolding Saturday night at the Peacock Theater. The journey was only broken up by a layover to refuel outside Washington.

Former President Barack Obama is joining headliners Clooney and Roberts, and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will interview all of them onstage. In a text message to donors beforehand, Roberts called it “a crucial time in the election.” Kimmel wrote in his own text that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump “will hate this, so let’s do it.”

Luminaries from the entertainment world have increasingly lined up to help Biden’s campaign, hoping to provide a fundraising jolt and to energize would-be supporters to turn out ahead of Election Day against Trump.

But hobnobbing with stars this time means Biden is skipping a summit in Switzerland about ways to end Russia’s war in Ukraine. Vice President Kamala Harris is representing the United States.

It’s a stark reminder that his responsibilities as President and his reelection effort can sometimes conflict.

“We are going to see an unprecedented and record-setting turnout from the media and entertainment world,” Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood mogul, major Democratic donor and co-chair of Biden’s campaign, said in a statement.

A Biden fundraiser in March at Radio City Music Hall in New York featured late-night host Stephen Colbert interviewing the president, Obama and former President Bill Clinton. It raised a then-record $26 million, but the California event will bring in at least $28 million, according to the Biden campaign.

Biden’s fundraiser was expected to attract protests from pro-Palestinian activists angry about his administration’s handling of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza. Such demonstrations have become common wherever Biden goes in recent months, including outside his Radio City Music Hall fundraiser.


Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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  • Ricky Bobby

    June 15, 2024 at 11:57 am

    I highly doubt Ka Mana could find Switzerland on a map. She is the perfect match for Joe. Dumb and Dumber.

    • CalHowdy

      June 15, 2024 at 12:57 pm

      Hey, Ricky Dicky Booby,
      Crawl out of Mom’s basement and join the real world. I taught a geography component to adults – most adults of either party can’t name all fifty states, or get even close; FACT. Luckily, our candidates at least know that there were no airports anywhere in 1776, (unlike your guy) and have been to way more states and countries than your guy, and to do more than play golf, unlike your guy. Y’all make really easy targets for ridicule, like your guy. Careful now, y’hear? You should check the eyerolling behind your back…seriously.

      • Ricky Bobby

        June 15, 2024 at 1:49 pm

        CalHowdy. Let me guess, from Kalifornia? My eyes are rolling.

      • Ricky Bobby

        June 15, 2024 at 1:50 pm

        By the way, Trump might like golf but he does have properties all around the world so your argument is mute.

        • MarvinM

          June 15, 2024 at 6:46 pm

          I don’t know if I’d say his properties (owned and managed by him/his company* vs. just licensing the name or not managing them) were “all” around the world. Scotland, Ireland, Dubai … There’s probably one or two other countries that slipped my mind. That does not make CalHowdy’s comment “mute”.
          Oh, and by the way, it’s “moot”, not “mute”.

          Also I don’t appreciate your choice of terminology in referring to the current vice president. It’s demeaning and unwarranted. She is an accomplished person, former District Attorney SanFrancisco, Attorney General of California, U.S. Senator from CA serving on committees including Budget, Homeland Security and Govt. Affairs, Intelligence and Judiciary. Yes, she has a law degree. And yes, she knows where Switzerland is.

          So, we’ll see who Trump selects as his running mate, but either way, the guy at the top of the R ticket is a menace to our country (did you hear that shark-battery thing he was blathering about in Nevada? Read the 2025 Project? Scary stuff!).

          Trump is only 3 1/2 years younger than Biden and Trump’s diet is reportedly crap, doesn’t exercise, so stuff we can’t see going on inside of him could take him out at any time.

          If elected, Trump would appoint all the people around him not by virtue of their competence, but by their demonstrations of loyalty, who will be totally incapable of handling even a minor emergency. It will be a disaster.

          We’re on a good steady upward economic path, Biden/Harris have a great team in place, and when they need to make changes to the team, they will value knowledge, experience and competence over blind partisan loyalty.

          * The Chinese government and state-controlled entities spent $5.5 billion at Trump properties during Trump’s presidency.

          • Michael K

            June 16, 2024 at 9:06 am

            Well said. Thank you.

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