Team O turns tone-deaf

Posted by on Jun 05, 2012 at 6:44 am
Barack Obama

Remember how all the buzz about the 2008 campaign was how young and fresh and new and exciting and YouTube-y and Internet-y and Will.I.AM-y the Obama campaign was? Well, the Obama 2012 campaign is turning into . . . a raffle. Or a school auction. Or something.

The head-scratching political event of the weekend was the Obama campaign’s release of a video starring that peerless political thinker and ideological visionary, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.

Wearing a hair helmet that makes her look like a Roman centurion with a ’20s bob, Wintour attempts what might pass for a smile on the planet Vulcan and intones Britishly: “I’m so lucky in my work that I get to meet some of the most incredible women in the world — women like Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama.”

This seems like grading on a curve in a world that includes Aung San Suu Kyi and my mother, but fine, we’ll let that go.

“These two wonderful women and I, along with the president, are hosting a dinner in New York City to benefit the Obama campaign,” she continues. Given her relative lack of fame compared to those two women, Wintour seems to be punching above her co-hostess weight here, but we’ll let that go, too.

But why, pray tell, is Wintour informing the nation of a dinner to which the nation will not be invited, and at which, one might surmise from the eating habits of the rich and famous, the menu will include a salad of three lettuce leaves without dressing with a Tic Tac for dessert?

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