Monday, July 28, 2014

Barak’s Bigger Bite In the Silicon Valley

On July 23, President Obama made his 18th incursion into the Silicon Valley, once again seeking (and finding) supporters with deep pockets. One fundraiser took place in the Los Altos home of real estate tycoon George Marcus, whose fortune is estimated at more than $400 million. The medium home value in George’s Los Altos neighborhood is $2,234,800.

A couple would have had to donate $32,400 in order to have both lunch and a photo opportunity with the President. This would have been a blind faith, repast payment, for donors were unaware beforehand what culinary offering they would be sinking their teeth in to.

For any future such photo-op with Obama, any participating donor might want to ensure that they present a beautiful smile when the camera clicked. If not, they may be reluctant to show the resultant and expensive photograph to their envious and poorer friends.

If Obama’s Northern California fund-raising leaders were truly astute, before his next trip there, they should add another $2,000 per abnormal tooth to the required donation. This could possibly help guarantee a picture-perfect smile for each contributor.

Any potential, generous donor who may have lost a tooth or two, or has crooked or irregularly spaced teeth, should work with Obama’s people prior to any in-home fundraiser. They could investigate the possibility of a dental implant to repair any facial flaws. Donors should not fret if they missed the recent mid-July soiree, since Obama is sure to come back many more times this election cycle.

When it comes to implants, there are many dental professionals available in the Silicon Valley to repair anyone’s imperfect smile. A myriad of such advertisements appear each week in The San Jose Mercury News, the Valley’s most influential newspaper. Yesterday’s edition contained five of them.

During July, advertisements ranged in size from a small, three-column by five-inches, to one that covered a full-page in full-color. The latter was placed by an implant center with three offices near to Obama’s Northern California fund-raising communities. It also has twenty-eight more nationwide, and does not list a price for an implant.

One implant center ran four, full-color, thirty-three inch advertisements in the last week, offering implants for $1,990. That price is a 50 percent reduction, and they boast of a 98 percent success rate.  Obama’s team would welcome such numbers with his current approval rating hovering in the low forties, yet it far surpasses the 16 percent approval rating of Congress.

Another advertisement headlined “Lose Your Teeth…Lose Your Taste of Life,” and asked potential donors if they were “Tired of avoiding social occasions?” If so, for $2,995, that implant center can renew any client’s taste for life,” and have the recipient feel secure enough to have their photograph taken with Obama.

A small, full-color advertisement placed by an “Experienced Group of Implantologists,” offered a dental implant for only $1,490. In minuscule type, it was noted that a needed abutment crown was extra, and it could cost up to $600.

The only group located in Obama’s Los Altos fund-raising neighborhood was one who ran a thirty-three inch advertisement in black and white. Their headline would capture the attention of any reluctant donor who planned to attend an upcoming fundraiser, when they modestly declared themselves to be,  “Your Dental Implant and Smile Makeover Specialists.”

Donors still have time to get prepared to say “cheese, or “cheesy” if their next expensive campaign meal is not up to their taste. They should be pleased that the President is willing to come back and share a pleasant smile with them, instead of trying to sink his teeth into more meatier subjects like immigration reform, the Israeli-Gaza War, and trying to stop Putin’s actions which are eating away at our country’s reputation as a world leader.


  1. Once in a while it's right to be right. Good going Dr. G.