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Streisand Joins Team Obama

Posted on Jun 14, 2008
Babs and Bush

“Bush” and Babs: A George W. Bush impersonator joins Streisand on stage for some not-so-sweet talk in 2006.

The uneasy love affair between celebrity and politics continued late last week with a change of camps by former Hillary Clinton booster Barbra Streisand, who has officially made a lateral move to endorse Barack Obama. Babs’ fans are still waiting to hear if la Streisand will pipe up for the Illinois senator this summer as part of her pro-Obama plans.

“Top of the Ticket” in The Los Angeles Times:

Obama’s Hollywood supporters are hopeful that she will sing for the senator, as she did for Bill Clinton during his presidential runs, at one of the many fundraisers in the works for this summer.

So far, [spokeswoman Marge] Tabankin says, nothing definite is confirmed. But stay tuned. (Sorry, Streisand isn’t set to appear at the fundraiser/concert for Obama at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on June 24. Her schedule, at the moment, shows that she’s traveling that day.)

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By Deanna2150, July 9, 2008 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment
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Frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard an opinion, political or otherwise, offered by a major celebrity that wasn’t a biased and reactive plea to the emotions.  After all, it’s what they do best, which is why the politicians love them.  Combined with their insatiable egos and the visible and far-reaching platforms available to them, it’s not surprising that they’ve been invited to use the White House (Lincoln’s bedroom in particular) as their own personal motel.

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By AnAmericaninGermany, June 22, 2008 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

How arrogant and anti-American to tell anyone, regardless of their profession, that they should shut up and keep their opinions to themselves.  It is not the fault of the celebrity that our culture seems obsessed with absurdity; even this topic “celebrities should keep their mouths shut” is a media created thread of opinion and by repeating it, you show yourself to be “influenced”.

If a celebrity espouses an idea or opinion… shouldn’t our discourse be about the viability of the opinion rather than who delivered it?

Discourse people… that is what our culture is supposed to be about… not telling people to shut up.

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By michele, June 20, 2008 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment
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By RAE, June 14 at 4:25 pm #

... like so many others. Being famous does not qualify one for political insight.

Now, if she’d like to put HER ass out there and run for office, that’s another story. But until she does, and this goes for Oprah as well, I wish she/they wouldn’t turn political campaigning into a circus. The entire “industry” has about as much credibility as a used car seller now… give it a break!

Or am I just being naive… can it be true that significant numbers of Americans actually ARE influenced to vote the way that famous personalities suggest?


so what famous person would make you think ? I’m sure there is someone out there. Do you listen to radio jocks ? like gag Limbaugh ? Streisand is a better and more honest voice than the addict Mr .‘I couldn’t serve in the military because of a boil on my ass but can take a job sitting all day ’ Limbaugh. Yet he influences plenty every day.

Being famous doesn’t qualify one on political insight ? I wish more would have thought of that before Actor Reagan.

Streisands opinion is just as valid as yours or mine. The only difference is she has the opportunity to be heard by more.

sounds like sour grapes to me.

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By Kim, June 19, 2008 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment
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I think it’s a bit silly when people lump celebrities into one homogenous category. There are some who are well-versed on the issues/true activists (Bono, George Clooney, Susan Sarandon, Angelina Jolie) and others who aren’t. I’d put Streisand in the former category.

If someone pays attention to the issues and knows more than I do about a subject—perhaps has even been to a troubled region to witness a situation firsthand—why wouldn’t I take note of what they have to say?

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By Inherit The Wind, June 19, 2008 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

I’m a HUGE admirer of Barbara Streisand.  I think she’s brave, independent, unyielding to Hollywood or the music industry’s pressures, and a talented actress and director, and a marvelous voice.  I like her politics and her willingness to stick her neck out for what she believes in, even overcoming stage fright to do “what is right.” In fact, there is just SO much about her that makes her a great role model.

I just have one issue—I can’t stand her singing or what she sings.  Never could.  Sorry, Babs. You’re a great lady but your singing’s not for me.

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By Suasponte, June 18, 2008 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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Naw,the vacuous Dupes in the Country will not be influenced by those whom they view as Hollywood liberals.  They will instead be influenced by the gospel of rightwing squawk radio psychos and by the propagandist scoundrels at Fox News and then cheer and vote against themselves.

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By CGNY, June 16, 2008 at 8:52 pm Link to this comment
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I have never understood the criticism Barbra Streisand has received for her activism. She has been politically involved since the mid 1960s—before it was fashionable. Clearly, given the fact that only two Democrats have been elected president since then, Barbra doesn’t have much influence with voters. What she does have is access to a lot of entertainment industry friends with a lot of money, and people with a lot of money who want to hang out with celebrities. Good. The Republicans have all their corporate CEOs. It takes cash to get elected. That’s the system, such as it is, and you have to work within it until you can change it. Barbra involves herself in these celebrity fundraisers not just for the presidential candidate, but for the Democratic Party. Many of the progressive accomplishments of the last 40 years have been made when Democrats controlled the Congress, and that is where much of her influence has been. On a personal note, she has a gay son. Today, in America, you can’t say “nappy headed ho” and keep your job, but you can still call someone a faggot and get away with it—the last refuge of acceptable bigotry. You think it’s tough for a woman or a black man? Try running for president as an open homosexual! As a gay icon, Streisand has done much for the community that put her on the map. But I digress. Love her or hate her, Barbra has been a loud (and lovely) voice for progressive causes for two generations. She was a poor jewish kid from Brooklyn who made good. What was she supposed to do? Sit around with her money and not try to do something to make a difference? She sang at the White House a couple of months before Kennedy was killed. It devastated her as much as any other citizen. She campaigned for Johnson, RFK, Humphrey, McGovern (which earned her a proud spot on Nixon’s enemies list), Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore & Kerry. As a woman, she stood behind Hillary. Good for her. Hillary lost, so now Barbra’s going to do the right thing and support Obama. For her party. For decades, she has put her name and reputation on the line for causes she cares about. Tell me again where the problem is? In the 80s, she overcame her fear of performing live brought on by death threats she received from Israelis and Arabs alike because of her on-screen kiss with Omar Sharif in “Funny Girl.” (Her response at the time is one of my all time favorite lines: “You think Cairo was upset? You should see the letter I got from my Aunt Rose!”) She raised millions that helped elect a Democratic Congress to slow down the Reagan onslaught. She didn’t have to do any of this, and I for one, as a fan (can’t you tell?) and fellow citizen applaud her efforts. I think people resent her because they’re jealous of her power and her platform. Shut up and sing, they tell her. To her critics: try spending a little less time hating, and get out there and do something yourself for what you believe in, instead of whining about what Barbra Streisand is doing. Trust me, she’s losing no sleep over what anyone else thinks of her. She has the courage of her convictions, and the willingness to take action. And she is to be admired.

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By BruSays, June 16, 2008 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

Chiming in on “Do celebrities influence our politics?”...

I’m not so sure. I believe it depends as much on the celebrity as it does the ‘fan.’

To the Fan: I doubt The Right is going to be swayed by what Barbra Streisand has to say any more than The Left is going to be swayed by Chuck Norris’ views.

Seems to me that those who tend to drift one way will agree with like-minded celebrities; those who don’t, won’t.

To the Celebrity: If the celebrity is a totally clueless Empty Head (Britney comes to mind right away) they probably have a negative influence on those they support. Maybe the political fence-sitters moved more to the right after hearing her “he’s our president so we should support him” opinion about Bush several years ago. But I’m sure those same leaners have long ago jumped back over to the left side of the fence after realizing the woman has some serious mental problems.

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By savanna, June 16, 2008 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

Marhall, you made me laugh. Thank you! I am going through HELL (visit my website and blog:  and you will know why).
  You see, I was just trying to use irony. Obviously, I didn’t do a good job.
  Frankly, what celebrities do, did and will do today, yesterday and tomorrow is hardly ever on my mind. I travel in VERY different circles.
  I am in your camp. Currently exhaused. Just tried to amuse myself and you. Sorry, it didn’t work out.

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By tomack, June 16, 2008 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

The campaign process is already a circus.

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By Marshall, June 16, 2008 at 2:27 am Link to this comment

Funny, savanna, that you reserve the right for celebrities to speak their political minds, but don’t reserve the same right to criticize said celebrities for us plebeians.  And you say you’re NOT influenced by them?  Obviously you’ve misspoken. 

Of course - celebrities have as much right as any of us to speak their minds, even when it reveals their ignorance as it most often does.  If legitimate politicians choose to associate themselves with Hollywood’s notorious mockability, then it’s at their own political peril.  We’ll see if Obama is foolish enough to do so.

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By savanna, June 15, 2008 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

Frankly,Rea, I never had a chance to become an American celebrity. If I had ever had such a chance I wouldn’t have let it pass, I would have grabbed it and held to it till now, no doubt.
  And then, a celebrity myself, I would have not left it to you, Rea,to determine the best way to use or not to use my celebrity status. I would have believed that—just like any nobody in the country—I had the right to speak out on any cause, any issue including any political election,if only to amuse myself, to enjoy bathing in the reflected light of a rising political star (especially at the time were my own stardom had already become more than a bit passe).
—Pure speculation and wishful thinking on my part?
  But I am sure that the philosophy: “Live and let live” makes sense and should be respected in any democratic country.
  I would argue with you about the last line of your post in which you claim that “not significant numbers of Americans actually ARE influenced to vote the way that famous personalities suggest”.

  I am convinced that the exact opposite is true.

  Looking around I see more than one proof that the American people, including American voters, by and large A R E influenced by celebrities. (I am, just like you, not one of them, perhaps because I had spent a great deal of time in Europe after my birth). Whether Barbra Streisand is likely to influence a large army of voters is another matter.
  Extensive surveys are needed to answer this question. As you can imagine I am not planning to involve myself in any such thing.

  And, leave her and any other celebrity alone, please. Each of them also has one life to live, just like you and I. Let her live it the way she wants and which is not harmful to others. LET HER BE!

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By RAE, June 14, 2008 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

... like so many others. Being famous does not qualify one for political insight.

Now, if she’d like to put HER ass out there and run for office, that’s another story. But until she does, and this goes for Oprah as well, I wish she/they wouldn’t turn political campaigning into a circus. The entire “industry” has about as much credibility as a used car seller now… give it a break!

Or am I just being naive… can it be true that significant numbers of Americans actually ARE influenced to vote the way that famous personalities suggest?

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