Former All-Pros Grant Hill and Patrick Ewing and former star guard-turned-superstar coach Doc Rivers [Boston Celtics] will be among those in attendance when the Obama Victory Fund machine steamrolls into Middle Florida for a series of fundraisers.
The first stop, the media reports, is a stop at the Sheraton in Orlando, Fla., before an exclusive crowd of 450 blue-blooded folks. Tickets for that soiree range from $25 to $35,000. The money raised will be poured into the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account of the Obama’s reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Later on that day is a visit to Lake Mary, Fla., where sources reveal that the likes of Hill, Ewing and Rivers will appear for the $1,500-per-person affair.
As was painfully documented in the record-setting ESPN sports special “Fab Five”, Grant Hill’s mother, Janet, was a Wellesley College roommate of former 2008 presidential front-runner and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though he supported Obama.
Wide-scale reports of Obama’s unpopularity and vulnerability notwithstanding, Obama nevertheless had hauled in a record $86 million in the second quarter of this year — during what is considered the worst economic quandary in 80 years. The next quarter haul was $55 mill, a still handsome and impressive intake considering the fact that Obama and VP Joe Biden had to suspend fundraising for a large stretch to put out four-alarm debt ceiling fires this past summer. –terry shropshire