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Obama’s Celebrity Corps Smaller, Less Enthusiastic This Season

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Posted on Feb 28, 2012
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Bruce Springsteen, shown here in concert in 2008, isn’t sure he’s going to step up for Obama in this election.

Matt Damon has spoken of his disappointment with Barack Obama, his favorite candidate from 2008, and other famous Obama boosters from the last election cycle are also less willing to lend their names to the president’s cause this time around. But does their star power matter when it comes to getting votes?  —KA

“The Angle” in Boston.com:

Are celebrities losing interest in President Obama? And will that depress the youth vote?

Not if you ask Bill Maher, who just a few days ago announced he is contributing $1 million to the super PAC backing Obama, Priorities USA. Nor if you ask NBA all-star Vince Carter, who hosted a fundraiser for President Obama at his Florida home last week.

But Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Barbra Streisand, and Robert Redford have all expressed disillusionment with the president, and Bruce Springsteen recently suggested that he is reluctant to hit the campaign trail for Obama this year. Why? “I still support the president, but there are plenty of things that I thought took a long time and would have been closed by now,” Springsteen said at a press conference.

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By do over, March 1, 2012 at 12:25 am Link to this comment

We get our laughs from politicians and our truths from comedians.

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By bpawk, February 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

It won’t cost Obama a thing - the celebs might not like him that much but they’ll go back into the fold come election time - lord knows they will never vote for a real left wing candidate (like they had their chance with Ralph). Besides, Obama knows they have nowhere else to go anyway

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By jimmmmmy, February 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment

glenn greenwald is great debater and a good writer his data has always proved fatual to me

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By cmontefu@live.com, February 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment
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reality over fantasy a belief is a hard thing to change .Obama has to deal with reality not campaign rhetoric and change has come hard .Now dealing with the worst congress in our history can’t help.He is a team player and their many others on the team even if he is the quarterback some one has to catch the ball.

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By jimmmmmy, February 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment

yes it will cost him. but he has a lock on it anyway, wall street favors him. over the other schmucks.

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By jimmmmmy, February 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

yes it will cost him. but he has a lock on it anyway, wall street favors him. over the other schmucks.

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By bigchin, February 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment
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blah, blah, blah…

They’ll all still vote for the murderer-in-chief.

Repulsive Progressive Hypocrisy.

Glenn Greenwald’s got their number…

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