A homecoming for Obama
BY MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org May 31, 2012 1:32AM
Actor and director Clint Eastwood speaks with reporters during the opening of the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Updated: July 6, 2012 9:27AM
Is President Barack Obama really gonna do it this time?
The answer is: Yes.
◆To wit: sneed hears Obama’s handlers finally are going to accede to his recent lament of not being permitted to go home to Kenwood during the NATO visit — and let the poor guy spend Friday night in his own house.
◆Obama hits town Friday for a three tier fund-raiser; two $35,800-a-ticket fund-raisers at the homes of James Crown and attorney Chaka Patterson; and a $2,500-a-ticket blowout at the Cultural Center.
Hill & Bill ...
It’s a tale of two tails.
Bill and Hillary Clinton have two dogs named “Seamus” and “Tally.”
◆Seamus is a chocolate labrador retriever.
◆Tally is a ... toy poodle.
◆We presume Tally is the pet of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?
◆The big question: Can a woman who admits to owning a toy poodle become President of the United States?
Oh Oh Oprah!
Oh Oh No, Stedman?
Did Oprah Winfrey’s longtime beau, Stedman Graham, actually give a thumbs up to the louche newspaper ad hawking his appearance/lecture at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare Thursday and Friday stating:
“Learn from the business man who stole Oprah’s heart.”
◆If Stedman didn’t ... whew!
◆If Stedman did ... Pee-Eww!
Pew News ...
Haul out the rosary! The latest tittle tattle out of the Vatican is the pope’s butler isn’t the only guy what done it!
◆Translation: Word is the butler, Paolo Gabriele, had accomplices in leaking stolen documents involving Vatican chicanery — and arrests are imminent.
Obama Drama ...
Actor Steve “Police Academy” Guttenberg, who voted for Obama, had this to say about Obama’s campaign tactics.
“It’s hard to believe in the presidency anymore,” Guttenberg told the Website CreditCards.com.
“I voted for Obama, I love Obama, but I don’t want to see Obama on ‘The View,’ I don’t want to see him playing Frisbee, I don’t want to know that it’s $40,000 a plate at George Clooney’s house, and I adore George Clooney.”
“I believe that the president should be [at] his desk all day. I don’t want to see him on vacation, I don’t want to see him at Martha’s Vineyard, I don’t want to see Mrs. Obama in Spain. No, no, I do not want to see that because everybody’s struggling.”
“Hey man, I’ve got a friend of mine who’s got a $7-an-hour job at Dunkin’ Donuts, and he can’t get a $9-an-hour job over at the country club because there are so many people in front of him.”
Medal matters ...
Legendary songwriter/singer Bob Dylan may have garnered the headlines when he received the Medal of Freedom from President Obama Tuesday — but it’s worth noting so did Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought President Franklin Roosevelt on internment of Japanese Americans during World War II — a shameful part of American history. He died earlier this year.
Dress ’em ...
... And impress ’em: In addition to fashion icons Anna Wintour and Iman, fashionistas Prabal Gurung , Derek Lam, Tina Knowles, Narcisco Rodriguez, Rachel Roy and Jason Wu are among the designers expected to attend the “Chicago Runway to Win” fashion collection benefit to re-elect Obama on June 12 at Harpo Studios.
This & That ...
◆Vroom Vroom: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, whose daughter, Chelsea, attended Lake Forest College, just paid $1.1 million for the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder — a.k.a. a car.
◆Pigskin patter: Millionaire rapper Sean Diddy Combs will save thousands on college tuition: His son, Justin just received a football scholarship to UCLA.
Sports Shorts ...
◆Calendar date: Chicago Bears #1 Draft Pick Shea “Chicken Dinner” McClellin will sign autographs at Bleachers Sports in Winnetka Saturday 1-3.
◆Autograph seekers must fork over $30.
◆McClellin’s two hour price tag: $5,000.
◆McClellin’s nickname origin: The defensive lineman lived on “Chicken Dinner” road growing up in rural Idaho.
Thursday’s birthdays: Clint Eastwood, 82; Brooke Shields, 47; Joe Namath, 69, and Danny Goldring, ageless.