Where would President Obama get an outrageous idea like “the private sector is doing fine?” Perhaps from one of his many star-studded fundraisers.

Celebrities are regulars at Obama events. Tonight, it’s Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour welcoming the President to actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s New York City home. The glitzy gala is fundraiser number 162 for Obama since he declared reelection, roughly twice the number of fundraisers President Bush had attended at this point in his reelection campaign.

When being feted by a fashionista on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, or when courting celebrities in Hollywood, it’s easy to forget the economic hardships facing the rest of the country—the 23 million Americans struggling for work, the shrinking wages of the middle class, the chronically high unemployment rate, the rising prices at the grocery store.

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