Sacre bleu! Hillary Clinton has to step up her efforts to woo that controversial demographic—the celebrity citizen—now that the likes of George Clooney (left) and Matt Damon are apparently in Obama’s camp.
Sen. Hillary Clinton was gearing up on Thursday for a young Hollywood campaign fund-raiser—and not a moment too soon. Time magazine reported from the Cannes Film Festival that “Oceans 13” studs George Clooney and Matt Damon are enthusiastic about Barack Obama’s ‘08 presidential bid.
GEORGE CLOONEY: I’m just hoping Gingrich gets in. Come on, Newt! Actually there’s a really good field out there. I like Barack Obama a lot. I’ve spent some time with him.
BRAD PITT: You just cost him votes.
CLOONEY: I’ve actually had that conversation with him, just saying “Look, I’ll give you whatever support you need—including staying completely away from you.” Actors have done a lot of damage to candidates lately. My father ran for Congress in 2004, and it was “Hollywood vs. the Heartland!” My father was Hollywood.
PITT: I’m just hungry for some honesty and leadership. And I’m following them all—on all sides.
MATT DAMON: I’m an Obama guy too. I think a lot of the problems in the world would be mitigated if he were the face of our country. I haven’t ever met him or talked to him, but he’s the first person in a long time who I’ve been inspired by.