There’s a new website out there aimed at trying to restore the flagging spirits of Obama supporters, with the intent being “(to) remind (his supporters) of all he has accomplished, and all he will do if given another term. They asked a wide range of cultural figures to explain why they’re voting for Obama in 2012, in the hopes that this might re-inspire the grassroots army that got Obama elected in the first place.”
The website was created by Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland, two Chicagoans, funnily enough. Eggers is most well known for the novel “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”, while it appears Kurland is the man behind Zeitgeist Artist Management. (Which is the management company of Ben Gibbard, who’s listed in the image above.)
As you can see in that picture, we have Ben Gibbard, lead singer of the band “Death Cab for Cutie”, along with film critic Roger Ebert and actor Jesse Eisenberg. Doing some quick searches on the net worth of these individuals, it turns out that between the three of them they’re worth $18.4 million, with Ebert the richest out of all three.
But I thought rich people were bad?!
Oh, and the aforementioned Eggers is worth approximately $6 million. Cognitive dissonance much?
The other names who have contributed their essays to reminding people of Obama’s awesomeness may not be as easily recognizable, but appear to be just as influential. (And in some cases, just as rich.)
Take for instance, Reza Aslan. He fits the lefty profile about as well as a single individual can. Iranian-American activist. Faculty member at the University of California-Riverside. Oh, and also a contributing editor to Newsweek’s “The Daily Beast”. Good times!
Mr. Prendergast and his wife, Sia Sanneh, are just normal every day folks who love Obama and want to make sure he gets four more years to do whatever the hell it is he’s doing. But, as you might have noticed if you clicked through on Ms. Sanneh’s name, Mr. Prendergast and Ms. Sanneh also appear to be among the one percent about as fully as you can be.
From that linked article above:
“It is six weeks before Prendergast’s planned wedding to lawyer Sia Sanneh, set for Mia Farrow’s backyard in Connecticut. George Clooney has offered his Lake Como house, but the honeymoon will wait for two planned Africa trips, to Sudan with Clooney in July and to Congo with Iman in August.”
Now that’s some real grassroots activism if I ever saw it.
For whatever reason, I chose NOT to read the essays that you can see the site teases in the main image above. I’m not sure I could stomach it.
But, maybe we’ll delve further into these writings, because hey, here’s some fun and easy fodder for the next few months.