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Is Obama Relying Too Heavily on Celebrities?

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President Obama has been hitting up celebrities pretty hard lately for donations and support, from his dinner hosted by George Clooney to his young Hollywood meet and greet, to his recent soiree with Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour. Now, the Hollywood Reporter notes that some industry insiders worry that the president is making himself look out of touch.

"It's a mistake," a veteran Hollywood executive told THR of Obama's recent campaigning activities. "He's supposed to be a man of the people, and he's hanging out with Anna Wintour? Is he trying to turn the election into a celebrity reality show?"

Certainly, a heavy reliance on stars and the extremely wealthy is easy fodder for the right -- one columnist at asked if Obama was in "Wintour Wonderland" -- but it does smack of hypocrisy given that their own candidate is himself a member of the 1%.