When in doubt, call in the Big Dog — that’s what Hillary Clinton’s ailing campaign has done.
Hollywood’s O.G. favorite Democrat, the 42nd President of the United States will now headline the lunch at the Family Guy creator’s pad and the “Conversation and Dinner With Hillary Clinton” at the IAC Chairman and Diane von Furstenberg’s home on Tuesday.
This substitution at the deep-pocket events shows not only how the Clinton campaign plans to keep going while the candidate takes a few days off as her doctor recommended but also how much Hollywood support and dollars mean to them. While sympathetic to the sick former Secretary of State, guests at the $50,000-max-a-ticket MacFarlane fundraiser and the $100,000-a-couple dinner were starting to grumble about the secretive campaign’s last-minute decision to reveal the true state of her health and the cancellation on September 11.
After being captured on video stumbling while leaving the NYC 9/11 anniversary memorial Sunday, Clinton first insisted she was “feeling great” as she later left daughter Chelsea’s apartment. That story changed within hours as Clinton’s personal physician Dr. Lisa Bardack announced that the ex-First Lady actually had been diagnosed with pneumonia on September 9, a day full of events and a Barbra Streisand singing fundraiser for the candidate. Not long after that, it was made official, as Deadline had reported earlier, that Clinton would not be flying out to California for a fundraiser in the Bay Area tonight and the two events on September 13.
Today, as her husband was interviewed by Charlie Rose, Clinton tweeted from her home in Chappaqua, NY, where she was resting:
Like anyone who’s ever been home sick from work, I’m just anxious to get back out there. See you on the trail soon. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 12, 2016
Running mate Tim Kaine is still set to be in town on September 19 for fundraisers at long time Dem supporter Eva Longoria’s home and another event hosted by UTA Managing Director Jay Sures, who hosted a private A-list dinner for the Virginia senator in July before he was officially added to the ticket
As for the Clintons: Hillary now will be phoning into today’s Bay Area event and, having mainly handled more low-key or low-profile events this year, the consummate flesh presser will take center stage in Tinseltown.
Seems like 1996 rather than 2016 now, doesn’t it?
(Note: This post was updated at 2:01 PM with Hillary Clinton’s tweets.)