- The Washington Times - Monday, November 25, 2013

The dream meeting between President Obama and the glittering kingpins of Hollywood on Tuesday has been billed as “the entertainment summit.” It’s more like the star-studded finale to a fundraising extravaganza, with the word “Obamacare” stricken from the script. It will mark the seventh moneymaking event in a mere 48 hours for the seemingly tireless president.

Indeed, Mr. Obama meets with Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who founded the studio with David Geffen and Steven Spielberg two decades ago. All three of them have been consistent million-dollar donors to the president’s campaign. Consider, for example that a single fundraiser hosted by Mr. Katzenburg at the opulent home of actor George Clooney last year brought in $15 million.

So this last event is the big opportunity, perhaps, and one that brought a glint of fangs from White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, when he was asked if Mr. Katzenberg’s fundraising prowess had any influence on Mr. Obama’s visit, which will include a speech about the, uh, economy.

“Contributing to the president’s campaign or being a political supporter of the president doesn’t guarantee you a presidential visit, but it shouldn’t exclude you from one either,” Mr. Earnest told reporters who were curious about this plot twist.

“DreamWorks obviously is a thriving business and is creating lots of jobs in Southern California and the fact of the matter is Mr. Katzenberg’s support for the president’s policies has no bearing on our decision to visit there,” Mr. Earnest said.


“This study asks whether biological daughters affect political party identification, traditional views of women, or opinions about abortion and teen sex. We find that female offspring promote identification with the more conservative Republican Party, but this effect depends on social status. There is no evidence that daughters promote liberal views of women and less consistent evidence that they influence views of abortion or teen sex,” state Dalton Conley and Emily Rausche, a pair of University of Kansas sociologists.

Their new findings published in the Sociological Forum suggest that parents with daughters are more likely to be Republicans. The research disputes previous studies that found parents of daughters tended to be Democrats.

“Their findings are consistent with a recent study that found boys who grew up with sisters in the house were more likely to identify as adults with the Republican Party,” says Rich Morin, an analyst with the Pew Research Center who pored over the complex research.

“But why would having a daughter cause parents to become more Republican? The authors speculate that men and women might want more socially conservative policies when they have daughters and thus be more attracted to the GOP,” Mr. Morin concludes.


“How to pick a fight with your relatives this Thanksgiving.”

— Advice from Slate writer John Cook, who advises diners to be careful about selecting foes, adopt an air of “bemused contempt” and keep in mind that one is “providing entertainment and mortification” for everyone at the table.

“What should we fight about?” Mr. Cook asks. “Israel. You should fight about Israel. Particularly if you are Jewish or are married to a Jew or are the child of an evangelical Christian. If you can find a way to work your way backward to the Bill Clinton impeachment, that’s always a gold mine of long-repressed rage and conflict. Otherwise you are stuck with the election — amateur hour.”


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