We end the week with a little celebrity news — news that could spill over into the 2014 election, if it’s to be believed.
Per this report, George Clooney will soon be sending out invites to his wedding, which is expected to happen in September in the vicinity of Lake Como, where he owns a posh villa — a $25 million affair that’s likely to play out on the tastefully refined pages of Vogue.
It’s this passage that caught my eye:
“But Vogue cover or not, we can now turn our speculation to which famous Friends of George will attend the wedding. According to Ranker.com‘s list of Clooney friends, invitations could go out to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Cindy Crawford, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and even Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.”
So that’s assuming the President gets an invite from Clooney, which he can easily decline given the restrictions of his day job.
However, Radar Online takes the speculation a step further, writing this about two very famous Americans:
“At first she was on the fence about going,” the source said of [Angela] Jolie, “because she’s not big on schmoozing at Hollywood get-togethers. But she quickly changed her mind after George told her that President Obama RSVP’d ‘Yes’!”
Let’s mull that over for a moment:
1) The same President who just got hammered in August by the media and the usual suspects who care little for this administration for playing too much golf while paying too little attention to the world’s affairs is going to take Air Force One all the way to Northern Italy to hang out with famous friends and admirers?
2) Then again, maybe the Obamas don’t care. The First Couple reportedly is attending this weekend’s wedding of MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and White House Special Advisor Sam Kass (formerly their chef and more recently executive director of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” program). However, that only a short flight to New Rochelle, NY, as opposed to a longer hop across “the pond”.
3) How long would it take the media to start adding up cost of said wedding trips — the President already having racked up an estimated $44 million in taxpayer money on travel and vacation costs over the years?
4) How would a wedding visit to Italy play in the South, where the Senate will be saved or lost for Democrats this fall (it certainly wouldn’t help matters for struggling Democratic incumbents if GOP campaigns started trotting out Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? — a 2000 Clooney vehicle that mocks life in the Depression-Era Deep South)?
I’d be surprised — make that, shocked — if Radar Online has it right and President Obama ends up in Lombardy anytime soon. Along the lines of whatever executive order this President has up his sleeves, it’d be a terrible September surprise for embattled congressional Democrats.
Then again, there are six quality golf courses in the region, including this one overlooking Lake Como.
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