Grapevine: Obama's celebrity admirer

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Air Fair Value

The Department of Defense sold off 16 planes worth hundreds of millions of dollars for a mere $32,000.

The planes were sold to a scrap metal dealer in Afghanistan.

Inspector general for Afghan reconstruction John Sopko lays out the deal in letters sent to the Department of Defense and officials there.

That paltry return on the investment amounts to just six cents per pound of metal.

The planes were purchased to transport troops and equipment in Afghanistan but were never put to use.

The IG says they never met the criteria needed for the job.

So, after sitting idle on the tarmac in Kabul for quite some time, they ended up in the junk heap.

Sopko wants to know why no one considered -- quote -- "possible other alternatives in order to salvage taxpayer dollars."

Voting Record

We told you earlier about Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes being grilled about whether she voted for President Obama, and not answering.

One Democratic elected official in Philadelphia doesn't have to worry about that.

The commissioner in charge of elections and getting people to vote, reportedly, has not voted himself in the last five elections.

Philadelphia's city paper pulled voting records for Anthony Clark and found he has missed the last five elections, including the 2012 presidential election.

Clark has not responded to requests for comment.

Celebrity Crush

We mentioned earlier that yesterday President Obama attended a Democratic fundraiser at the home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

It turns out she is unabashedly quite smitten with the president.

While introducing the president to the crowd who paid between $1,000 and $15,000 to be there she told the president she was -- quote -- "One of your biggest fans, if not your biggest...You're so handsome I can't speak properly."

Her love for the president, it appears, trumps her love of the Constititution and balance of power.

She mused to the crowd -- quote -- "It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass."

The president seemed to appreciate such a star-struck introduction, telling the crowd -- quote -- "I'm taking her to the next event."