Lokesh pays $10,000 for “appointment” with Barack Obama

By: Ramachandra Reddy

Like many of you, even I was surprised when I read the news that US President has given an “appointment” to Nara Lokesh. Because of the simple fact that Nara Lokesh does not hold any position in AP Government. It is very rare that the American President gives appointment to private citizen like Lokesh.

Then I began digging this “appointment” story. I first found out that this “appointment” was on 7th May, and then this was in Portland.

That immediately rang a bell. Because I already read where Barack Obama will be on that day. He will be at the Democratic Party’s Fundraising dinner at Portland.

This event would be held at Sentinel Hotel in Portland. A little bit of research revealed that you just need to buy a ticket to attend the fundraiser. A $500 ticket gives you entry into the dinner, a $5000 ticket gets you a photo with President Barack Obama and a $10000 ticket will give an opportunity to attend a small “meet and greet” with the President.

My hunch proved correct when I came to know that Nara Lokesh’s “appointment” with Barack Obama was infact at Portland!

So, this is what has happened folks. Some smartass has given this idea of buying a $10000 ticket to a Democrat Party fundraising dinner and then advertise it as an “appointment” of Barack Obama.

And on 8th May, our dear Seemandhra media houses will publish/telecast news that Nara Lokesh has met Barack Obama and discussed about the new capital city of Andhra. Don’t be surprised if you read that Barack Obama has praised visionary Chandra Babu Naidu, and considers him a role model!


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6 Responses

  1. Desi says:

    Did Lokesh delete his tweets referring his meeting with Obama?

  2. Ravi says:

    Hahaha…. I knew what kind of media management babu can do but didn’t expect this. I won’t be surprised if on 8th May yellow media says that TDP entered into an alliance with Democratic Party and is on its way to becoming an international party! Poor AP, $10,000 from its coffers for another drama by their chief!

  3. Krishnamohan says:

    Public relations requires investment some times. He being the rising icon for AP, it’s Ok even if he pays for appointment. After all he is under training. If he can get only a photo with Obama, then it may be a waste exercise. But if he can use his father’s clout,and make it a sensible experience with logical dialogue, then the mission accomplished.

    • Ravi says:

      It turns out to be only a photo appointment, there was no mention of any tangible thing coming out of it. I think it is inappropriate and unethical to contribute money and attend a party fundraiser in a foreign country. It was not a govt function and not an appointment with Obama in his capacity as the president. Who paid $10,000 is another unknown. If AP govt paid, it is totally illegal, and If TDP paid it is unethical. If Babus paid from their own pocket, it is well and good, money well spent to give Lokesh something to treasure for his life. Anyway, it is for AP and its people to judge this, if they are happy to see the photo, good for them.

  4. KTR and Lokesh – same motivation but different outcomes. At least there appear to be firm announcements around investments from D.E.Shaw and Google for TS. Need to wait and see how they will get grounded. I am puzzled with Lokesh’s choice of folks he is meeting – Obama, Bobby Jindal etc. KTR has been meeting chiefs of Boeing, D.E.Shaw, HP, Oracle, Adobe, Google, Microsoft and the buzz appears to be far more positive.

    On a different note, with Hyderabad having four of the software biggies viz. Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, the long term impact it can have on the start-up scene and software product innovation eco-system at Hyderabad/TS in the long term can only be positive. Overall, augurs well for TS

  5. ravinder p says:

    This dumb fellow(Mudda pappu) has no single quality to become a leader.. Taking photos by paying money .. ridiculous. What he gained with that, a big Zero..
    His qualities are 1)Son of one of most corrupt politician 2).Son in law of a shooting star.. 3).Pursued his studies by taking help from a deceiver(Rama langaraju) and many more …

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