Obama meets with wealthy philanthropists
December 14th, 2010
01:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama meets with wealthy philanthropists

WASHINGTON (CNN) –- President Obama spent part of his Tuesday morning meeting with some pretty heavy hitters in the worlds of business and philanthropy – Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet.

A White House official told CNN that Obama invited the three to the Oval Office to discuss "The Giving Pledge," the initiative they launched that invites wealthy individuals and families to commit a majority of their fortune to philanthropic efforts.

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  1. Duck Fallas

    Philanthropy is for suckers. I support Sarah Palin's call to commit American tax dollars towards the aid and comfort of the less fortunate.

    December 14, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    How long will CNN and the rest of the "news" media studiously ignore Judge Hudson's clear violations of judicial ethics in hearing the case brought by Cuccinelli against the health care reform bill? Anyone care to guess just how far under the rug they want it swept that Hudson has an ownership interest in Campaign Solutions, Inc., a GOP campaign fundraising organization that worked with McCain, Boehner and Bachman this past year, was instrumental in funding Queen Death Panel's PAC and from which he has received $50K-$100K in dividends over the past few years? Not to mention that CUCCINELLI PAID CAMPAIGN SOLUTIONS INC. $9,000 IN 2010. Go ahead. Let's see who comes closest. I'm guessing they NEVER report on it.

    And let's not forget to ignore the community of legal experts that has already started ripping his decision apart because it's central premise is tautological circular-logic with respect to the interaction of the COmmerce Clause and the NEcessary and Proper Clause. That's right, his decision fails on the grounds that it is illogical and applies the law wrong. But hey, we can't have the "controversy" dispelled no, can we? Gotta sensationalize it for better ratings to justify the ad pricing.

    December 14, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    sorry, edit;

    How long will CNN and the rest of the "news" media studiously ignore Judge Hudson's clear violations of judicial ethics in hearing the case brought by Cuccinelli against the health care reform bill? Anyone care to guess just how far under the rug they want it swept that Hudson has an ownership interest in Campaign Solutions, Inc., a GOP campaign fundraising organization that worked with McCain, Boehner and Bachman this past year, was instrumental in funding Queen Death Panel's PAC, from which he has received $50K-$100K in dividends over the past few years and which HAS BEEN PAID TO MESSAGE THAT THE HCR BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL? Not to mention that CUCCINELLI PAID CAMPAIGN SOLUTIONS INC. $9,000 IN 2010. Go ahead. Let's see who comes closest. I'm guessing they NEVER report on it.

    And let's not forget to ignore the community of legal experts that has already started ripping his decision apart because it's central premise is tautological circular-logic with respect to the interaction of the COmmerce Clause and the NEcessary and Proper Clause. That's right, his decision fails on the grounds that it is illogical and applies the law wrong. But hey, we can't have the "controversy" dispelled no, can we? Gotta sensationalize it for better ratings to justify the ad pricing.

    December 14, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Bet you can't get them to invest in people in AMERICA!

    December 14, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. LIP

    And the mantra will be "you are wealthy and you need to share your wealth with those less fortunate. The Democrats and the unions have driven all the businesses off shore and the poor and downtrodden are without jobs and the mean Republicans are letting those that pay taxes to support our entitlement programs, keep some of their hard earned money".

    December 14, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. W. E. Lloyd

    Warren Buffet is a successful investor, but an ingenuous accountant. He favors higher income tax, but he has said that he pays less income tax than his co-workers—his holdings pay the corporate taxes. He favors high estate taxes, but his publicly listed, liquid investments can be transferred to charitable causes and avoid his personal estate taxes. Governmental taxation and charity are different.
    W. E. Lloyd, PhD, Fort Myers, Florida

    December 14, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Jeff in Virginia

    Queue up the screeds about Buffett, Gates, and Soros, written by people who don't have any clue who the Koch brothers are.

    December 14, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    SO??? It's not like starting two wars !!

    December 14, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    some how I get the feeling that these two guys wouldn't mind if the Bush tax cuts were to expire. In fact I think that there are other wealthy people who wouldn't mind either.

    December 14, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. stufit

    Telling them they need to give more to the poor people of this country that have "educated" by the NEA to the point where they can't read, write or comprehend, but they will eat salads for lunch and spend our money buying Viagara for teachers to the point where programs for children are cut. The NEA, proud sponsor of the democrat liberal party and the most corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady president we have ever had.

    December 14, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |