Obama Bites the Hands that Fed Him – Big Donors Get Big Diss

Narcissists are not generally known for their good etiquette, so this article at The New Yorker (of all places) illustrating Obama’s ingratitude to his past big money donors, and the ButtHurt that those donors are now suffering from, should come as a surprise to only the most delusional of Obama fans. Here are some highlights:

Top Obama donors began grumbling on the first day of the Administration. “The swearing-in was the beginning of pissing off the donors,” a longtime Washington fund-raiser says. “During the inaugural weekend, they didn’t have the capacity to handle all the people who had participated at the highest levels, because there were so many.” One middle-aged widow, from whom the fund-raiser had secured fifty thousand dollars, got four tickets to the swearing-in, but none of them were together. “She was so offended!” the fund-raiser says. “And I got no credit, by the way, for bringing her in. Important donors need to be cultivated so that they’re there four years later.”

As the Washington fund-raiser sees it, the White House social secretary must spend the first year of an Administration saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Instead, the fund-raiser says, Obama’s first social secretary, Desirée Rogers—a stylish Harvard Business School graduate and a friend from Chicago—made some donors feel unwelcome.


Donors are called on to do a lot. It doesn’t take a lot to say thank you.” One of the simplest ways, she notes, is to provide donors with “grip-and-grin” photographs with the President. “It doesn’t require a lot of effort on anyone’s part, but there’s been a reluctance to do it” in the Obama White House. “That can produce some hurt feelings.”

Big donors were particularly offended by Obama’s reluctance to pose with them for photographs at the first White House Christmas and Hanukkah parties. Obama agreed to pose with members of the White House press corps, but not with donors, because, a former adviser says, “he didn’t want to have to stand there for fourteen parties in a row.” This decision continues to provoke disbelief from some Democratic fund-raisers. “It’s as easy as falling off a log!” one says. “They just want a picture of themselves with the President that they can hang on the bathroom wall, so that their friends can see it when they take a piss.” Another says, “Oh, my God—the pictures, the fucking pictures!”

I know a few people who could find good use for Obama pictures when they are in the bathroom.

Some wealthy liberals are waiting for others to jump into the pot first before they put their own money where Obama’s mouth is this year, Arnold Hiatt is one of them:

Instead, he has tried to persuade other, even wealthier liberals to do so. “If I put a million dollars in, I’d like to know it has company,” he says. “We can leverage it, to raise a hundred million.” But so far the Democrats have lacked what is known as a “lead donor”: a high-profile figure who contributes a splashy amount and signals to other big players that it is time to do the same. “It’s really sad,” Hiatt says.


Another major Democratic donor asks, “Where’s Penny Pritzker? Where’s George Soros?”


“Whatever it is that has made George Soros and Penny Pritzker not write checks to the Super PAC is a very serious weakness,” the major donor says.

David Geffen is another big 2008 donor who isn’t yet “all in” with his wallet for 2012, and it is apparently because of Obama’s rudeness:

Two acquaintances of Geffen’s say that he has complained about Obama’s remoteness since becoming President.

Obama is an ingrate:

“There’s been no thanks for anyone!” the major Democratic donor says. He adds that in 2008 he gave “multiple millions” to groups working to elect Obama. But, he notes, although he has attended various White House functions, and has met Obama on several occasions, “I don’t think they have a clue who I am. I don’t think they even know how much I gave.” He says that he has been introduced twice to Jarrett, “and neither time did she remember who I am.” Instead, he says, “she seemed to think she was blessing me by breathing in the same space.” Despite repeated pitches, he has not yet given money to Priorities USA. In his view, the Obama White House has not followed the fundamental rule of donor maintenance, which he himself has practiced while fund-raising for other causes: “You have to suck up!” With Obama, he says, “I don’t know if it’s a personality thing, an ego thing, or an intellectual thing. I just don’t get it. But people want to be kissed. They want to be thanked.”

David Axelrod, of course, offers up a laughable defense (emphasis mine):

“He’s worked hard to raise the money we need and by no means takes that support for granted,” he says. “He appreciates it. But he’s not carnivorous about it. He doesn’t see himself as Fund-raiser-in-Chief.

Donors want a little attention in return for their kindness, but Obama just isn’t that into them in that way:

Such social affirmation is the goal of most big Democratic donors, the former Obama adviser says: “Usually, it’s not about favors. They want the chief of staff calling to get their opinion. Or they want to say, when they are out in the Hamptons, that they were just talking with the President.”

But Obama still rarely calls donors. One fund-raiser estimates that even now, at the height of the election season, he probably makes only a few such calls a month. Chicago supporters who have raised money for him for years say that it’s just how he is.

Even George Soros isn’t feeling the love this time around:

In addition, confidants say that, although he still supports Obama, Soros has been disappointed by him, both politically and personally. Small slights can loom large with wealthy donors. When Soros wanted to meet with Obama in Washington to discuss global economic problems, Obama’s staff failed to respond. Eventually, they arranged not a White House interview but, rather, a low-profile, private meeting in New York, when the President was in town for other business. Soros found this back-door treatment confounding. “He feels hurt,” a Democratic donor says.

“They pissed on him,” a confidant says. “He didn’t want a fucking thing! He didn’t want a state dinner, or a White House party—he just wanted to be taken seriously.”

Too bad, so sad.

Meanwhile, in Hollywood, there is pining for Bill Clinton, because he knew how to make the people who gave him money feel special:

Democratic operatives in the state recall that Clinton habitually called them before flying out, to catch up on gossip and learn whom he needed to see. The Obama entourage is all business: donors are rarely invited to fly on Air Force One or ride in the President’s car. The personal touch is missed. As the California fund-raiser puts it, “Ego is a big part of the business out here.”

Barry isn’t faring much better in Manhattan either. Obama’s public hostility towards business combined with his complete lack of social skills is not helping him with the Wall Street donors who threw massive amounts of money at him in 2008:

Obama’s relationship with people in the finance industry, meanwhile, remains badly strained. “We lost Wall Street,” a Democratic fund-raiser acknowledges.

You can read the whole thing HERE, but I already gave you all the good parts.

h/t Conservative Byte

Manners are important! Obama is rude and ungrateful; Mitt Romney is polite and gracious, which is one of many reasons why the Obama campaign is desperately flailing and failing while the Romney campaign has become confident and exciting.



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