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President Obama Pitches Movie to Harvey Weinstein, He Passes


President Obama better hope that he wins the 2012 election because his backup job as a Hollywood book scout probably isn’t going to pan out. The President recently pitched a movie to Harvey Weinstein and the Oscar winning producer wasn’t impressed.

Weinstein said:

“The president sent me a book the other day and said ‘Why don’t you make this into a movie?’ It was a spy novel.”

Unfortunately, Weinstein turned down the movie. Weinstein didn’t say what book the president pitched, but he did say that the president “was the most over qualified book scout I’ve ever had.”

And Obama isn’t the only president paying attention to Weinstein. The producer, who was largely responsible for getting the Oscar winning “The Artist” a wide audience, was recently made a member of the French Legion of Honour.

Weinstein said that he was humbled to be honored by French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the people of France, and promised that “The Artist” was just the first of many foreign films to win the Best Picture award.

Weinstein said in a statement:

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition from President Sarkozy and the people of France. All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema, and as a studio head it has been my pride and joy to have the ability to bring movies to audiences around the world…. I am still the young boy who walked to the cinema in Flushing, New York to see films by the greats – Lelouch, Godard, Renoir and my personal favourite, François Truffaut. They inspired me and led me to the place I am in today.”

Weinstein said that “The Artist,” which was made by a French director and starred a large French cast, was an Oscar breakthrough and that a foreign film would soon win the best picture.

Weinstein said:

“We’ll break that barrier too. Whether it’s me or somebody else. This is a step in the right direction.”

Do you think President Obama has a future in Hollywood?

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2 Responses to “President Obama Pitches Movie to Harvey Weinstein, He Passes”

  1. Ed Rodriguez

    Alumni from radical 1960s groups are now teaching your children, influencing legislation and trying to re-elect Obama.
    From Townhall Magazine's EXCLUSIVE March feature, "Still Radical, Now Influential," by Kathy Jessup:

    Buildings were bombed, bras burned and raising two fingers in a “V” became a symbol for peace, not a signal for ordering two. Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” won the Grammy in 1961, but the Fifth Dimension’s win for “Aquarius” in 1969 was symbolic of the decade of tumult that birthed Students for a Democratic Society and its offshoot Weathermen.

    But unlike tie-dye shirts and platform shoes, the Marxist or Maoist or socialist SDS politics never went dormant. Former leaders of the original SDS and also its splinter Weatherman group—labeled “a domestic terrorist group” by the FBI—are installed in academia, organized labor, advocacy organizations and in the highest levels of the Obama administration.

    In fact, the '60s college-campus political phenomenon seeded today’s new Left. Now the “repackaged” people and policies of the original SDS/Weathermen have been quietly injected into the mainstream by academia, labor unions, advocacy organizations and private enterprise, waiting for a political host. Have they found it under the Obama administration?

    President Barack Obama may characterize 1960s Weatherman radical Bill Ayres as just a man he knows from Chicago’s Hyde Park. But what about Rev. Jim Wallis, Obama’s spiritual advisor and a SDS alumni? Surely Obama knew Wade Rathke, head of ACORN where Obama was employed, was an SDSer. How about SDS founder Tom Hayden, once married to Vietnam War opponent Jane Fonda? Obama must have known Hayden had been a big SDS name when Hayden founded Progressives for Obama in 2008. Was Obama unaware of Michael Klonsky’s radical SDS allegiance when Klonsky’s education blog was featured on Obama’s 2008 campaign website? Someone eventually did. Klonsky’s posts were later “scrubbed” from the website, as reported on the blog Gateway Pundit. Or take Marilyn Katz, a SDSer who once touted using “guerrilla nails” to attack police and also helped organize a 2002 anti-war rally where she takes credit for Obama “coming out … as a public speaker,” reports In These Times. Katz, a 30-year friend of Obama strategist David Axelrod, was on Obama’s 2008 national finance committee and was a fundraising “bundler,” according to Obama’s campaign website.

    And the moneyman for much of the complicated network is George Soros. There’s no evidence that the wealthy financial speculator was himself an SDS member. But Soros’ espoused Marxist, one-world vision fits the SDS theology that’s aged with the 20-something radicals now portrayed as 60-something mainstream figures.

    Beginnings in the Heartland.

    Students for a Democratic Society was born in Michigan, the offspring of the League for Industrial Democracy, a socialist educational organization. In 1960, a handful of University of Michigan students bonded over views of war, the nuclear threat, racial discrimination and economic inequality; they rejected mainstream opposition to communism. In 1962, the group’s Port Huron Statement advocated national defense based on deterrence and arms control rather than “peace through strength.” It demanded the Democratic Party embrace the issues of “disinherited” groups and universities advance social change by inserting social issues into the curriculum. SDS supported North Vietnam, the Palestinians and Colombians. It opposed “male supremacy,” calling for no legal or financial restrictions on abortion and birth control and demanding “day-care centers, public and free laundries, food centers and other facilities necessary to free women from their status as household drudges.”.

    “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” lyrics from a song that came to be associated with the Weathermen, signaled that a more radical splinter group was forming out of the SDS with Weather.

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