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Picking Teams in Hollywood

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Posted on Mar 30, 2007
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In cahoots?  Actor George Clooney and presidential candidate Barack Obama share a mike.

After Barack Obama’s Oscar-week fundraising blitz last month, the ‘08 race has heated up for Democratic presidential candidates going a-courtin’ in Hollywood.  But the backing of celebrities can be a blessing and a curse, as George Clooney notes in Friday’s L.A. Times, hinting that he will help Obama however he can—even if that means “staying completely away from him.”  Sounding like one of his own adoring fans, Clooney says, “I’ve never been around anyone who can literally take someone’s breath away.”


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Although the actor may not be campaigning publicly for Obama at the moment, he is certainly working for him behind the scenes.

“I spend a lot of time talking with other people, and I tell them, ‘You really have to educate yourself on Obama because the guy is real,’ ” he said. “He fascinates me. People say, ‘Oh, he’s too young,’ you know. But you cannot learn or teach leadership. You either have it or you don’t.”

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By DennisD, March 30, 2007 at 9:18 pm Link to this comment
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“Fund raising” now that’s what American politics is really <all> about. Just add up the those benevolent , I don’t want anything in return “contributions” and declare a winner already, why wait to 08.

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By Los Angeles Democrat, March 30, 2007 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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Just so readers aren’t left with the wrong imporession, “Barack Obama’s Oscar-week fund raising blitz” that you referenced, netted Obama approximately $1 million.  When Hillary Clinton came to town for her Hollywood fund raising blitz, she came away with $2.3 (or was it $2.6) million. 

George Clooney notwithstanding (he’s not a player and actors do not swing votes), Clinton is leading in ALL the polls and is raising more money than any other Democratic candidate. 

I’m a holdout for Al Gore, but you have to give Hillary Clinton her due.  You also need to stop with the Obama fluff pieces.  He’s not qualified to be President and will lose the first four primaries / caucuses, ended his campaign (thank god).

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By Quy Tran, March 30, 2007 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t know how close between Clooney and Obama but Clooney compares Obama to late president Kennedy was a little bit unwise.

To compare his friend to the late president, Clooney only wanted Obama to hold his presidency as short as Kennedy’s.

The omen will always efficacious. Be careful. Mr. Clooney !

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