The latest sport among the right-wing loonocracy involves targeting minor members of the Obama administration and hammering away at them relentlessly until they're given the boot. Among the latest folks to get such treatment: National Endowment for the Arts communication director Yosi Sergant, who was reassigned after Fox News' Glenn Beck made hay about an August conference call in which Sergant allegedly talked about recruiting artists to create pro-Barack pieces.
Sergant was in Denver during last year's Democratic National Convention, and helped put on one of the bigger parties of the week: Manifest Hope, a gallery show dominated by artists such as "Hope" iconographer Shepherd Fairey who hardly needed encouragement to celebrate the party's nominee. Westword staffer Jared Jacang Maher got passes for the spectacle but couldn't attend -- so he passed on the tickets to his brother Adam. The result was a blog entitled "Little Brother Scores DNC Party VIP, Reports to Big Brother Via Text, 'This Partys Fuckin Awesome!'"
Other attendees at Manifest Hope included celebs like Sarah Silverman, who did a standup set, actor Danny Glover and Daniel Dae Kim from Lost. Shockingly enough, though, Glenn Beck was nowhere in sight. Maybe that's why he went after Sergant so hard: bitterness.
Page through below to see all of Adam's coverage and photos.
I find the building and there was a huge fucking line to get in. I go up to the guy and say 'Hey I'm from the media. I'm on the VIP list.' But then he looks at the list and tells me I'm not on it. So I stand there for a little bit and go around to the other door where they're letting in people. I just show him the press pass and he's like 'whatever' and he lets me in!
It was a big warehouse area and it was packed. It was a weird mix of people. Like older politician dudes with suits and grey hair and all these younger hipster kids. It felt like you were in LA or something, all kinds of movie stars walking around.
Then I turned and ran into my friends Clay and Ryan. I asked them how they got in and they pointed to the back door, which was wide open with no rope or anyone guarding it. They were like, "We just wandered in."
It was an open bar so I started hitting it up. There were all kinds of Baracks on the walls. The art was a lot of street urban art. There were paintings of Obama as Abraham Lincoln by Ron English. Someone knitted these huge dresses, but they had things that said like 'Hope' on it or "Obama.' I didn't get a picture of that.
There were so many hot girls there it was crazy. Sarah Silverman did standup. It was hilarious. I don't remember what she said, it was just funny. The guy from Death Cab for Cutie was there, but he was with some folky band. They were good.
Danny Glover was there. He looked super happy. He was laughing his ass off about something.
Then I spotted the guy who plays Jin on Lost. I took a picture of the back of his head, then he turned around and I took a picture of his face. His wife, or whoever he was with, was so incredibly hot. I can't even explain how hot she was.
A whole bunch of people started dancing. Did I mention it was an open bar? I got shit-faced.
I saw my friend Marika.
At about 1:30 I knew it was time to go. So I just left without saying bye to anyone and rode my bike home.