Obama Tampa Fundraiser to Include Eddie Vedder, $20,000 Price Tag

Tickets are $20,000 and include a performance by Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder.

Democrats with $20,000 to spare are invited to get up close and personal with President Barack Obama when he comes to Tampa Thursday, Sept 20.

The Hillsborough County Democratic Party is hosting an evening reception with the president at the Tampa home of Lisa DeBartolo and husband Donn Miggs, with a special performance by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam. The exact address will be given out when guests RSVP. 

DeBartolo is the executive vice president of DeBartolo Holdings LLC and the daughter of Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers.

This Thursday's fundraiser isn't cheap. According to the Hillsborough County Democratic Party, tickets are $20,000. This is expected be Obama's last major fundraiser before the end of this financial reporting cycle so organizers are hoping for a big turnout.

According to a blog on Tampabay.comchef Tyler Florence will be cooking the food and the event is expected to be less than 50 people

Those interested should RSVP at this link.

Would you spend $20,000 to meet President Obama and Eddie Vedder?

Michael D. September 24, 2012 at 03:04 PM
This is just another piece of propoganda similar to Frieghet 911 in 2008. Written by a Conservative Scholar who has never even been in the same room as his subject matter. Who even when shown the "facts" he is reporting are inaccurate, he fights saying that he knows he is right... even when historically inaccurate. Dinesh D'Souza is just the conservative version of Michael Moore. Who takes half-truth and sells them as facts. Yes, lets all believe a guy who is selling an opinion as fact. I guess we should also take his word when he blamed our society for the 9/11 attacks in his other book. Because he is soooo correct about Obama, he must be right that we were the cause of some terriorists attacking us on our soil (2007 book). He is just another propoganda blow hard, they sells his message to people that agree with his message.
Lynda September 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Michael Steele was pushed out of the GOP so far he had to become a commentator on MSNBC. During his tenure, the big GOP money was moved into organizations controlled by among others, Karl Rove. So just how can you argue he is considered a "great Black leader" by the GOP? And voting for Condoleezza Rice is voting for a war criminal just as much as voting for Bush/Cheney was so her "Blackness" is beside the point. If you are so "annoyed by this racism issue", stop attacking President Obama and start telling us why you are FOR Romney/Ryan in this election. Your attacks (mostly without facts) lead to one conclusion only, you hate President Obama because of his racial background otherwise you would tell us what you are FOR.
Michael D. September 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Jasminetea, even Fox News has stated and shown all the misinformation that movie has displayed. It is not factual and the author has admitted to not even being in the same room as the person he is supposed to know. it is no better than Michael Moore. But if you want to believe Dr. D'Souza then you will also believe that women's place isn't in the work place competeting against men (2003 book). That American society is what caused the 9/11 attacks (2007 book). Also that same-sex marriages do not work, because it is women who civilize men, and they should be in the homemakers. Thoughout everything Dr. D'Souza has been charged with lack of evidence in all his assumptions over the years.
Michael D. September 24, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Jan, It has nothing to do with Race, nor has it ever. We as American need to question the establishment. Bush felt the same questioning during his 8 years in office. Clinton did during his 8 years. As Americans we do need to question with respect and facts those who we elect to run this country.
Michael D. September 24, 2012 at 03:19 PM
GBOWR, And you should read further in your history books, to realize that Lincoln wasn't the Major Republican candidate. But a minor Republican Candidate in a party that was more centered than the Republican party of the time. He was initially what we would consider a "tea party" candidate not endorsed by the Major Republican Party.
jasminetea September 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
You keep thinking we are attacking Obama because he is black. You keep asking what it is about Romney that makes us want to vote for him. So I will ask you this question - What is it about Obama besides (and I use your phase) "his blackness" that makes you want to vote for him?
Watts September 24, 2012 at 04:55 PM
We have certainly been hearing a lot from the Romney campaign about how polls don't mean anything (a typical response from any candidate down in the polls), but Nate Silver has collected and done a great analysis on how late Sept. polls have been a pretty accurate predictor of the actual winner in November: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/the-statistical-state-of-the-presidential-race/?gwh=5EF8A26AB0E3EE9AB54C2C6ABE8CBF36 Right now, conservatives are just desperately and wildly slinging feces with both hands and hoping that will do some damage. They see how statistically improbable it has become for a Romney win.
Lynda September 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I am voting FOR President Obama because (1) he is Pro-Choice and respects the rights of women to follow their own beliefs in health care and family planning decisions, (2) he successfully pulled combat troops from Iraq, a war he (and I) opposed from the beginning, (3) he managed the process of beginning to re-build a financial system which was in crisis, (4) His first piece of legislation was the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay act (5) He will support equal opportunity access to higher education through reforms in the student loan system and regulating for-profit schools (6) He supports our troops with more than words: he put money into care for veterans and attention into solving problems that come with the huge number of old and new veterans needing health care.(7) he represents the United States with dignity and manages a complex foreign policy (8) he has appointed qualified people to positions and does not have an anti-choice litmus test for judges (9) He consistently reminds all citizens that the power of government comes from the involvement of everyone. We are the government and if we want change, then we better fight for it. If we want hope, then we better be building healthy communities. (10) he does not give up or get tired of working for the "arc of history to bend towards justice". Can you give 10 reasons to vote FOR Romney/Ryan?
jasminetea September 24, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Lynda 1. He wants a healthy economy 2. He knows how to build businesses and create jobs 3. He knows and understands world economics 4. He has successfully and profitably managed large companies. 5. He knows how to cut government spending and increase consumer consumer spending 6. He is against Obamacare 7. He believes each state should have the right to govern their own affairs 8. He believes in a strong military and protecting our boarders 9. He has strong, positive and charitable morals 10.He has government experience and knows how to work with the other party 11.And I would hate to see our country turn into a socialist country which is what we are on our way to if Obama is re-elected.
George Gould September 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Lynda and jasminetea, wow! All those "excuses" for voting for either of these "gentlemen." I can humbly offer but one reason not to waste your time: See this chart http://o3.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/600x450/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/147090fb0b9feaea968a961a70a85030
Lynda September 24, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Thanks, Jasminetea. Obviously I do disagree with some of your reasons being good for our country, but at least you can list reasons. I wish you hadn't spoiled a nice post with your last snarky comment about "socialism". You really, really need to read some more books and look up the definition of some of the words you use in your attacks. If you think this is now or will become, as "socialist" country if President Obama is reelected, there is a good deal on Rolex watches I want to tell you about, a special deal for you only, much below cost . . . . And George, I have lived too long to waste my time with cynics who do not wish to leave their world a better place.
jasminetea September 24, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Lynda it was not a "snarky" comment. It is one of my 11 reasons. And I know enough and have read enough and have been around the block and out of the neighborhood enough to know the writing is on the wall. You like his foreign policy. Even with what has been going in the middle east, his not wanting to meet with Netanyahu. Maybe you have bought into too many of those Rolex deals. He has divided this country, unemployment, foreclosures, trillion dollar deficit. When asked how much the deficit was - he didn't know, when asked about the deficit he said it wasn't important in the SHORT TERM. And when is he working, he's hardly ever working. And cute with quoting MLK, nice touch.
George Gould September 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Lynda, I am not a cynic at all. I voted for Obama in 2008 in spite of my misgivings about his level of experience and his favoring the continuation/expansion of the futile war in Afghanistan. After four years I cannot for the life of me understand why the Republicans don't like Obama. He has followed Bush's foreign policy to the letter "ending" the Iraq War at a time previously negotiated by Bush. He kowtows to Netanyahu. On the economy he continued policies Bush and his Goldman Sachs handler Hank Paulson put in place on their way out of office. To manage the economy, Obama hired Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers who both had been mentored by Robert Rubin, Goldman Sachs handler of Bill Clinton. His idea of healthcare reform was Romneycare writ large, Obama could easily be described as our first black Republican President. Needless to say, the coreless Romney will follow Obama's policies as Obama followed Bush's. "And George, I have lived too long to waste my time with cynics who do not wish to leave their world a better place." You, madam, are arrogant and not in touch with reality. We live under a system of plutocracy covered with a very light veneer of democracy. I will match my record of service to this country and world with yours any day.
Mme. d'Estape September 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM
A significant dimension of the political realm in the US lies in the squirrely world of redistricting. For parties that have no vision, no will to act, no desire to do anything except get potent positions with hot fancy-dress wives or hookers, it's like a board game - the voters need not have much to do with who rules. A good overview: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/24/161685998/redistricting-a-story-of-divisive-politics-funny-shapes
George Gould September 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Government of the people, by the errand boys (and girls) of the ruling class, for benefit of the ruling class. As long as the errand boys and girls follow the two rules of American politics, i.e., 1) the ruling class is to be protected at all times; 2) see rule # 1, the errand boys and girls are free to do just about anything to feather their own nests.
Freedom September 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I am a republican & very proud of it, I am voting for Romney/Ryan & so are millions of friends I know, my community is all proud republicans, there are many wonderful African-Americans in my community, they are very tired of the democrat agenda which is ruining our great nation, so we laugh at your name calling & bashing our views when you do that it confirms what we think of you, a selfish bunch trying to push your ideas down our throats, believe me no matter how much you hate conservatives, you will never change our minds so get used to it & race has nothing to do with so you can pull the race card all you want, I love all my African-American friends & they know that, we are all sisters & brothers nothing will ever separate us as I said it before I'll say it again I am a republican & I will die a republican, I am proud to vote for Romney/Ryan team cause I believe in them, nothing you say will change my mind :)
Freedom September 25, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Only reason I went back 50 years should be obvious, nobody pulls the race card on me & gets away with it & no sir I am not a liar & just because you call me a liar doesn't make me one, I just laugh in your face same way you laugh in my face so where is this taking us absolutely nowhere, I am still a republican & I am still voting for Romney/Ryan team; you were a republican or independent now you are a democrat therefore you are going to vote for Obama/Biden that's your choice, you can call all the conservatives flawed & liars we most certainly know we are not & God believes in us!
George Gould September 25, 2012 at 01:09 AM
GBOWR, who wants to change your mind? I've never accused you of being a racist. Your writings do not lead me to believe that. I am glad that you are a proud republican if that gives your life meaning and I would neither try to change your mind nor stop you from expressing yourself. I'd like to offer one piece of advice about something you may not have considered. There are two types of racism; one practiced by those who dislike black people simply because of the color of their skin and the other practiced by people who like black people but who do not think black people can advance without white leadership (namely themselves). The first is practiced by SOME Republicans, certainly NOT BY ALL. Many of the white southerners who transitioned from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in the late 60s and early 70s fell into this category. They were drawn into the Republican Party by Nixon's pursuit of the Southern Strategy. The second is practiced by SOME Democrats, certainly NOT BY ALL. These are the ones who accuse all Republicans of racism. They do not want you cutting in on their action. Also try a little less hyperbole. You don't really have "millions of friends I know," do you? And your "community is all proud republicans" is a bit of a stretch, isn't it? No democrats? No independents? I find that hard to believe.
Freedom September 25, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Hi George, first off no you didn't call me racist but this person did: JAN 4:16 pm on Sunday, September 23, 2012 Oh, my, I cannot wait til this election is over. I am so tired of hearing all the bashing directed towards our President. I feel certain that if he was a different color there would not be so much mud slinging going on. 4 MORE YEARS! When I read that post I was upset, I can handle being called other names but to be called a racist by this person is extremely WRONG which brought tears to my eyes because I have never been called a racist so the point I tried make was to show how wrong she was & still is then this person continued with efforts to discredit what was written truthfully, here you go part of what he wrote: Dad of Three 10:52 pm on Sunday, September 23, 2012 GBOWR has become a good comedy source, unintentionally, of course, on his or her part. But, I must confess pleasure at seeing someone in the radical right trying to say nice things about Dr King, even though they are twisting the nice things so that they can then say what Dr King, and all those who struggled with him for equal rights for all Americans, would never say about President Obama. I don't appreciate being called a liar, I am always truthful, everything I write is based on facts & not fiction! As for different kinds of racism, I can only defend what I am NOT! As for Nixon, I was a teen growing up in DC & remember watergate scandal which was a huge shame...
Freedom September 25, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Continuing from where I left off & didn't have room left to post, I can assure you, all the people in my community are republicans no stretching anything in that point, we have community events which I participate in regularly & the topic is Romney vs Obama & everybody here is united to vote for Romney, nobody likes Obama especially when he made the speech about Small Business Owners, you think the Laundry sign was bad, you would not want to hear what they all had to say, our black friends were very upset to put it mildly due to many of them own small businesses or work for a small business, it was a big uproar here, I can tell you liberalism will not last here...
George Gould September 25, 2012 at 02:58 AM
GBOWR, per my charge of hyperbole, I stand corrected and withdraw the charge. LOL I neither support nor defend either party or either ticket because I am convinced they are both bought and paid for by the same paymasters and are committed to protecting their paymasters. I'm not even certain that that is a bad system. To me it is what it is. I'm not about to start a revolution to change it. Of course that is why I won't vote. I don't expect others to change their political views. If one is for Obama or for Romney, so be it. I just like giving people something to think about. Accept it or reject it as you see fit.
Freedom September 25, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Thank you George, it is refreshing to exchange ideas without the insults, I accept what you are saying & appreciate your views, please feel free to continue this rational conversation :)
Freedom September 25, 2012 at 03:40 AM
By the way George you can call me Spirit instead of GBOWR, it is my nickname :)
George Gould September 25, 2012 at 03:49 AM
OK Spirit, got it! :)
George Gould September 25, 2012 at 03:55 AM
You're welcome and I agree with you on exchanging views without the insults. I do like to crack jokes however especially about politics and religion and sometimes people will take offense. Please keep that in mind or not.
Lynda September 25, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Well, George, I am very sorry for hurting your feelings. Who knew from your posts that you would be so sensitive to being called a cynic; I assumed it was a matter of pride with you. And since I gave up competition when I retired, I certainly will concede your record of service to world is much better than mine. The only difference, I am still trying. You have apparently given up. I am astonished that four years ago you were able to put aside your feelings that you live in a "plutocracy with a thin veneer of democracy" and vote for President Obama. And, now, just four years later, your disappointment is so great that you will not vote at all. Just what kind of magic did you expect from President Obama? Anyone who voted for him thinking he was going to wave some kind of wand and the disaster that was our financial crisis would just go away and the disaster that was Iraq would just end by sprinkling pixie dust over the country was certainly going to be disappointed. Many of us who voted for President Obama knew he was a talented politician with a center-right pragmatism our country needed to clean up the mess from the previous 8 years of crony government headed by a Texas oil man and a Wyoming neo-con who, by the way, was one of the most experienced men to ever serve as President in fact. We did not expect the GOP to obstruct everything he tried to do and to deny policies they invented. You know the reason they obstruct him-- will continue obstructing-- as well I do.
Lynda September 25, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Your post says it all and so perfectly describes the GOP voter. And your candidate had the arrogance to call poor Americans, "victims who feel entitled". Amazing. just amazing. May you always live in a community composed only of Republicans who apparently always agree with you.
George Gould September 25, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Lynda, no apology is necessary. Neither seeing the world as it is nor realizing one's limitations in making changes to that world make one a cynic. Even though I see our system as a plutocracy with a democratic veneer, that doesn't mean I never act foolishly and attempt to change the system if I think change is possible. I thought I saw that possibility with Obama in 2008. I didn't expect miracles from him and I recognize the obstructionism of the Republicans on Capitol Hill. Even knowing that he would protect his wealthy supporters on Wall Street, I did not think he would totally oversee Bush's 3rd term in office. I don't think he has made the country worse but he has done almost nothing to make it better either. That is why I honestly don't see him as any different from Romney. Actually Obama is cooler but Romney is funnier (unintentionally). Come 2016, it will make no difference whom we elected in 2012. The world will be as it will be.That is just my opinion. Yours may differ. I'm sure it does. So be it. "You know the reason they obstruct him-- will continue obstructing-- as well I do." You call the Republicans racists. They call Obama a Socialist and a Muslim among other things. Most of them are no more racist than Obama is a Socialist or a Muslim. Stupid charges. It's all part of American politics. Political campaigns are part of the bread and circuses offered us by the plutocrats to make us think we really have a say in how we are governed..
Freedom September 25, 2012 at 08:47 AM
Oh Dear Dear Lynda, you are so misinformed, first of all I get a kick out of how liberals mind works when it comes to twisting words out of context, acting like you own the world & that your views are the only ones & foo with anybody else that you don't agree with, I am amazed & amused how you react every time I post, well I have a suggestion for you, why don't you accept the fact I am who I am & You are who You are; don't take things so negatively, we all make our own choices which we are all free to do so :)
Freedom September 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Hey George hope you are having a nice Tuesday :) In my opinion cracking jokes is good when things get too serious & out of control in these posts, providing they aren't insulting or demeaning!


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