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Pictured above is the beautiful mansion of wealthy Florida real estate developer Alan Ginsburg. Mr. Ginsburg held a $500-minimum-donation-per-head fundraiser at his palace for Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), where 150 deep-pocketed Democrat supporters and Vice President Joe Biden were in attendance (does Biden do any actual work, or is raising money his actual work ? It seems like he's always at fundraisers).
I hear the food was absolutely fabulous. The guests dined on "caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese and bacon deviled eggs, before a lunch of grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps". Yummy.
I wonder if the theme of this opulent Democrat evening was 'the GOP is the party of the rich' ?
With so many shakers and movers gathered in one place, the Orlando Sentinel sent one of it's pool reporters, Scott Powers, to cover the event. But what Powers found out upon arriving at the gala was, VP Biden's aides didn't want any lowly press maggot mixing with the monied Democrat royalty. So Biden's aides locked the reporter in a storage closet (pictured below) for hours, and posted a guard there to prevent him from leaving.
He was told he could only come out when the politicians were ready to give their speeches.
The event was being held for Democrat senator Bill Nelson. Powers emailed from inside the closet: 'sounds like a nice party'
Powers told The Drudge Report: ‘When I'd stick my head out, they'd say, “Not yet. We'll let you know when you can come out.”’
After 90 minutes he was allowed out to hear Biden and Nelson speak for 35 minutes, before being taken back to the closet for the remainder of the event.
From inside his temporary prison Powers emailed his office from his cell phone: ‘Sounds like a nice party.’
Yet one more example of the "most transparent administration in history", as President Obama said of the Obama/Biden White House.
A spokesperson for Biden has now issued an apology for the kidnapping of the reporter, and the apology is actually worse than the initial "mistake". Listen to this:
An aide to Vice President Joe Biden has apologised to a reporter who was locked in a closet for hours after he was invited to cover a Florida political fundraiser because they did not want him talking with the guests.
Spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said the decision to hold local reporter Scott Powers there was a 'mistake'. And she claimed an inexperienced staffer had put Powers in the closet instead of a 'hotel room' as was their normal practice.
So, Biden's "normal practice" is to lock the press away in a hotel room, but because there obviously weren't any hotel rooms at Ginsburg's private mansion, locking the press away in a storage closet had to suffice. I'm glad we cleared that up. The Biden spokesperson's key point is - the press has to be locked up somewhere, by god, but it shouldn't be in a place TOO nasty. The Bidens want to be compassionate jailers. Do you think maybe Team Biden is missing the entire concept behind freedom of the press ?
In related news, "The White House on Wednesday urged the Libyan government to refrain from harassing or using violence against journalists. Obama spokesman Jay Carney said the United States is firm in its belief that journalists should be protected and allowed to do their work".
Yes, journalists should be free to do their work...in Libya. In Florida, not so much.