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Obama Campaign To Sell Massive Amount of Drugs at ‘The Wire’ Fundraiser

O'Malley '16!Everyone likes The Wire! You like it, the critics like it, and all white people really just can’t get enough of it. President Obama has called it his favorite show. Well shucks, why not just throw a The Wire-themed fundraiser… on Martha’s Vineyard, with a $500 minimum contribution, keeping with the show’s spirit. Obama won’t be there personally, traipsing about the Vineyard eating cilantro lime shrimp butts with a criminal syndicate, from television. Optics, man. But what about show creator David Simon, who simply does not care for the way that Democrats have kept the War on Drugs going?

Here’s the announcement from the Sunlight Foundation:

The Obama campaign’s celebrity fundraisers never cease to amaze: On Aug. 15, in Martha’s Vineyard, the cast of the gritty TV series, “The Wire” will be in attendance at one of them, according to a invitation obtained by Party Time.

The event will be held at the home of Judy and Ron Davenport. There are few clues as to which of the numerous actors on “The Wire” will be in attendance.

The cost of the event ranges form $500 to $2,500 a person. While President Obama is on record stating The Wire is his favorite TV show, he is not scheduled to be at the event.

We’d always thought of this love as an awkward thing, given David Simon’s antagonism towards the administration’s handling of the War on Drugs (short version: the Obama administration has continued it):

When David Simon, creator of HBO’s late dramatic crime series “The Wire,” heard that Attorney General Eric Holder wanted to see the series return for a sixth season, he offered the nation’s top prosecutor a deal.

He’ll start working on a sequel season, Simon responded in an email to the Times of London, “if the Department of Justice is equally ready to reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanizing drug prohibition.”

[Sunlight Foundation]

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133 comments

  1. Goonemeritus

    I'm in!

    Edit- Went back and read more than just the title of the post, I’m out.

  2. BaldarTFlagass

    "Everyone likes The Wire! You like it, the critics like it, and all white people really just can’t get enough of it."

    But does Rebecca like it?

    1. homotownrecords

      this is rebecca's little brother, john. no, she doesn't like it because she hasn't seen it yet. i, however, love it so much, just like a white person should. i really got into it about a month ago. i even sampled bunk for one of my songs.

      since then, i've started deadwood. it too is great!

      1. Taj_Mahalo

        Setting aside the vodka-vs.-gin thing (vodka martinis are an abomination unto the Cocktail Gods, but I'm not sure cilantro-infused gin would be an improvement), who on Earth puts "a shot" of gin (or vodka, if you're into that kind of thing (you depraved heathen)) into a martini? If you like vermouth (that is, if you like a martini rather than gin neat with an olive (not that there's anything wrong with that (unless you're drinking vodka straight with an olive, which … no, just don't))), 3 shots of gin to one of vermouth. If not, then four shots of gin and a splash of vermouth. Either way, that's a martini. A single shot? How's a man supposed to get his buzz on off a shot of gin?

        Sometimes I weep for my nation.

  3. johnnyzhivago

    I wonder what Mitt's favorite TV show is?

    I almost never watch TV but Mrs. Zhivago and the kids were away on the weekend so I sat down and surfed from channel 2 to channel 1488 – I think there were about 600 actual channels. It took about 45 minutes, but I didn't see a single thing I was ready to waste more than 10 seconds watching.

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      "I wonder what Mitt's favorite TV show is?"

      Can't Mitt just go into standby mode and watch his screensaver?

    2. Harrison Wintergreen

      This is why I don't have cable. I can't see any meaningful difference between "six channels of 'nothing good on TV' " and "600 channels of 'nothing good on TV' ".

      1. UnholyMoses

        We have cable thanks to two words:

        Science. Channel.

        Unlike the History channel, which has no history, or the Learning Channel, from which one learns nothing, or Music television, which doesn't seem to play music, they have actual Sciencey stuff on quite often.

        1. Harrison Wintergreen

          Meh. If something is really worth watching it's bound to be on Netflix sooner or later. Anyway, I rarely sit down to watch a TV show these days. It's usually on as background, and reruns of Green Acres or Bob Newhart work as well as anything else for that.

          1. UnholyMoses

            We went without cable for years, but got it back a few years ago.

            While not worth what we pay, it's been great for our autistic son — he LOVES anything dealing with science or animals, and things like The Universe and Monster Bug Wars have taught him quite a bit. (Not sure how many other 7-year-olds can tell you what Hawking Radiation is.) And we wouldn't have known they even existed without cable.

            So there is that.

            Well, and I'm a racing junkie, so getting to see F1 (DRS and other changes have made it more watchable) and the Grand Am series is quite nice.

          2. Harrison Wintergreen

            Well, of COURSE if I had children at home I would have cable. I think it's considered child abuse in most jurisdictions if you don't provide your kids with Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel.

            (and I do miss Adult Swim …)

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Ah, the Magic of Netflix. I've got season one The Wire queued up after I get through all of BSG and Murdock Mysteries.

      There's always something good on my teevee.

  4. Schmannnity

    At this point in his administration, I would have thought Obama's favorite show was Curb Your Enthusiasm.

      1. actor212

        If you do enough women, you don't care about the war on women?

        I would have thought just the opposite but I'm a silly liberal.

  5. Chet Kincaid

    Waitaminute, is that the unctuous, whore-mongering noble from Game Of Thrones in that picture?! Why is he wearing a suit and standing at a microphone, instead of arranging three mediaeval wenches in a sex pyramid while intriguing over the Iron Throne?

    1. viennawoods13

      I've never watched The Wire, but if he's actually an American, that would explain why his terrible accent on GoT drives me nuts, and not in a good way. But since he's a bad guy, that's ok.

      1. Chet Kincaid

        Yes, the Bayless Family is full of celebrities: Rick Bayless, Mexican Restaurateur; Skip Bayless, ESPN Sportscaster; and Peter Bayless, Royal Whoremonger.

  6. Crank_Tango

    Yeah, well get this: Nobama is gonna be in Oakland today, and yesterday I found out my car had been stolen on Saturday night. I mean I'm not a racist but, the coincidence is just a little bit too much to ignore.

      1. Crank_Tango

        Well all I know is that dude is half white, and like all white guys, he probably loves himself some asian girls and wanted a sweet vintage honda civic to impress the ladies of san leandro. I dunno about his alibi, but whatever.

    1. Callyson

      Too bad your car was not armed and ready to defend itself–it should have fought back!

      (Seriously, though, sorry to hear about the car. Good luck with things.)

    2. WhatTheHeck

      Dood, in Oakland, even if you had a Pontiac Aztec, that would have been gone in 60 seconds.

      1. Designer_Rants

        I think a good writer could write a 500 page book on how the Aztec started on a designer's table, and how it somehow got approval every step of the way to be offered at dealerships. No one balked and said "I'm not gonna make that." I would read it.

    3. pdiddycornchips

      Are you sure you didn't misplace it? It'll turn up hopefully. It's always the last place you look.

    4. bobbert

      Seriously (momentito), that sucks. Even if you have insurance, it's still a pain in the ass.

    1. Mumbletypeg

      Season 5 had its Newsroom-flavored setting, you could say?

      It stands alone as a series, for this era anyway; but I can see it not being for everyone.

  7. SorosBot

    Speak for yourself; I've never seen The Wire, and have no desire to as everyone who tells me I need to see it comes off just like they're telling me to read Dianetics and get and E-Meter reading.

    1. b[redact]opple

      You should resist. Some idiot friend of mine kept poking my chest and yelling at me about how I HAVE TO WATCH IT, and he made me borrow (heh) his entire box set, and I hated it. The dialogue is ridiculous, the characters' motives never make any sense, and it's just… I don't know, bad.

      I might be a middle-brow honkie, but I liked Homicide a hell of a lot more.

      1. Billmatic

        lol are you from hilarious alternate dimension or did you just decide you were going to hate it from the start so you say a bunch of insulting things about the wire that nobody else says anywhere, ever

        bring back downfists.

        1. b[redact]opple

          I tried to like it, I really did! Maybe it was too subtle for me, I don't know.

      2. Chet Kincaid

        Yaphet Koto as an Italian was silly and unbelievable. Casting a real Italian/Black Man, Giancarlo Esposito, as his son only made the whole conceit more ridiculous. Otherwise the show was good.

    2. pdiddycornchips

      I haven't seen it either but that's because I limit my viewing to baseball, soft porn and Mexican midget wrestling.

    3. kittensdontlie

      I'm sorry but from the tone of your comment, an E-meter reading would be advisable. The electro-shiock could only help to clear your mind of this Wire nonsense.

  8. SayItWithWookies

    If 2,000 dealers each employed five people, our economic problems would be over.

  9. BaldarTFlagass

    Hey, Martha's Vineyard! Doesn't that lie within the friendly confines of the Ronald W Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone!?!

  10. coolhandnuke

    Wouldn't any urban housing tenement in Baltimore be a more realistic place for Simon to host his party and showcase just how successful the war on drugs has been.
    But Martha's Vineyard will work in a pinch.

  11. pdiddycornchips

    "Everyone likes The Wire! You like it, the critics like it, and all white people really just can’t get enough of it."

    The hell you say! Real "Mercan's don't like it when the brown people are central characters and the plot themes are morally ambiguous. We prefer our TV with more dancing celebrities.

  12. UnholyMoses

    I'd rather spend $500 on a bag of some mind-blowing chronic.

    But I have neither $500 nor a connection, which is fucked up since I keep losing weight — down to 142 lbs, goddammit — instead of gaining it like I'm supposed to be doing … which is kinda hard with the gastroparesis (Google it) I got from taking the PERFECTLY LEGAL narcotic painkillers for … ohdearlord, 9 years now.

    So, yeah. Fuck Holder, fuck the DEA, and fuck Obama for not telling his goons to back the fuck off and let the people decide.

    /rant

  13. Estproph

    "Everyone likes The Wire! You like it, the critics like it, and all white people really just can’t get enough of it. President Obama has called it his favorite show."

    Well waddya know? He's white after all!

  14. Allmighty_Manos

    He’ll start working on a sequel season, Simon responded in an email to the Times of London, “if the Department of Justice is equally ready to reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanizing drug prohibition.”

    That's how we ended up with Treme instead.

  15. BlueStateLibel

    Yes, how *DARE* actors and actresses participate in the political process! They should be banned from voting and giving political contributions, who do these Hollyweird people think they are?!

  16. prommie

    Next thing you know he'll be taking money from gun-banners, death-penalty deniers, scientists, and atheists. Even pointy-headed intellectuals and commie socialists! Artists, intellectuals, authors, scientists, what has happened to this country that these are the bad guys? I done told you what, just this morning, this is a war between barbarism and culture, between civilization and savagery. Really, I mean, fucking really. Yes, I am elitist, I like nice things! I like learning and art and poetry, so shoot me, I am a cultural elite, and thats a good fucking thing. I like me my fancy things!

    1. pdiddycornchips

      I get it but let's be honest. We'd be better off giving the $500 to Tom Friedman's cabby.
      He has as much influence as anyone likely to attend this shindig and unlike Hopey, the cabby might actually give a shit what we think.

    1. Biff

      A friend of mine, Repo Thomas, had a recurring role in The Shield. I never got to see it, beeing a non-TeeVee-having Amercian at the time. Maybe I need to rent it…

  17. Callyson

    OK, how about a compromise: instead of fighting a war on drugs, how about fighting a war on those who make people want to take drugs? You can start with the crooks on Wall Street and Capital Hill…

  18. prommie

    I have to just step up on this box here, hmm, it says "soap" on it, thats funny. Listen y'all, this should be the Wonkette book club book of the week: http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Intellectualism-Americ

    Written 50 some years ago, this classic will explain to you that the history of anti-intellectualism in America, the most anti-intellectual of all the first world countries, is the history of American fundamentalist christianity. Fucking frightening.

    1. JustPixelz

      I read his 1965 essay "The Paranoid Style in American Politics", described here Nothing has changed on the right.

    2. LastGasp

      Yes but, "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life" is 432 pages long. Do you really expect anyone to read a book with that many pages?

      Oh, did I just reinforce the point you were trying to make?

    3. BigSkullF*ckingDog

      I am not reading that unless someone gets tied up and sexed by chapter two.

    4. Blueb4sinrise

      R.H. corrupted a couple generations of History students.
      Myself included. Went to school a couple years after he died, but was still required reading.

    5. James Michael Curley

      I read that forty some years ago. Pittsburgh, college seminar material. Are you me?

  19. barto

    Those Hollywood types do love their blow, don't they? They'll even hold our teevee for ransom to get it….

  20. Come here a minute

    In response, the Department of Justice requested that HBO reconsider and address its continuing misguided, destructive and dehumanizing "The Newsroom".

  21. DustBowlBlues

    Quick–end the war on drugs pronto. Maybe we can sacrifice a pile of tofu to Simon? Adopt a dozen black foster kids? Whatever–CALL SIMON'S BLUFF AND GET SEASON 6.

    For wireheads, the missing season would deal with the legal system, especially the lawyers.

    Everyone praises The Wire as the best drama of it's time (and most any other time) and it featured a cast largely comprised of african-americans, yet it never won an Emmy. Oh- the second part of that sentence perhaps is part of the reason.

    It's like Arrested Development. My fave comedy of all time, and it never won anything, either–including ratings, though now so many people love it and want it back that you'd think it had a Gilligan's Island length run.

    1. sezme

      Gilligan's island: 3 seasons. In the proposed, 4th season, the Gilligan was going to marry Ginger, enslave the Howells, and eat the skipper. But LBJ wouldn't end the war in Vietnam, so Sherwood Schwartz refused to produce it.

  22. YouBetcha

    I'll take one of the red ones, two of the little green ones, and as many as you got of the white ones. To whom should I make out the check?

  23. sezme

    Don't lose faith, David Simon! I've got a pretty good feeling Obama is going to decriminalize pot in his third term.

  24. MistaEko

    Loving everything about the show except its call to action.

    Despite a lucrative offer to appear with his trademark duster and shotgun, Michael K. Williams has turned down his invitation, stating "A man gotta have a code."

  25. chascates

    Shit, if Obama would just legalize pot he'd get most of the libertarians, a lot of the independents, and some of the Republicans.

  26. thefrontpage

    Yes, it's great political strategy to stop battling drug dealers, and just let everyone kill everyone else, just let everyone toke and smoke to their hearts' content, and just let everyone on earth walk around stoned on horribly spiked, dangerous drugs. And let the drug dealers just kill each other! And let kids buy drugs at elementary schools! And let drug dealers sell drugs on your streets! And let people toke up at work! And let people operate heavy machinery while high! Yes, stop the war on drugs! That's just great public policy! Let everyone get stoned! Let the dealers kill everybody! That's a great strategy!

  27. ttommyunger

    I am obviously doing something wrong. I am fucking retired and I don't have time to watch teevee shows.

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