June 3, 2013
A Los Angeles car salesman has anted up $32,400 for a “private, off-the-record” conversation with President Obama. For an amount equal to more than half his annual salary, 60-year-old Paul Scott is guaranteed two minutes of Obama’s time, four if he’s lucky.
Scott said he’d been looking for different ways to “make his point” to Obama and when he received an invitation to a fundraiser in the mail, he knew that would be the best way to go.
For $10,000 Scott could have been a luncheon guest. For $16,200 he could be a VIP luncheon guest and have his picture taken with Obama. But for the princely sum of $32,400 he gets lunch, an official photograph with Obama, and he gets to sit in on a special one-hour roundtable discussion with Obama, where the President will take private questions off the record.
Scott, co-founder of the advocacy group Plug In America, wants to talk to Obama about electric cars. He wants Obama to convince Congress to make electric-car rebates at the point of sale, instead of months later as part of a $7,.500 tax incentive. He also wants Obama to push for a “carbon tax” that would raise prices on oil-based fuels, “making electric car prices more competitive.”
Scott isn’t a wealthy man, he’s just an average American. He says the $32,400 will take a bite out of his retirement savings but, to him, it’s worth it.
So let’s say The Tooth Fairy, or Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny, or the Bluebird of Happiness suddenly dropped $32,400 in your lap and you, too, purchased a ticket to this fundraiser luncheon. And let’s say you actually had Obama’s complete, undivided attention for two minutes and the clock starts ticking…NOW. Quick! What would you say to the Prez?