Obama Makes List Of Celebrities He’d Like Endorsements From

You’ve got to hand it to Obama. He knows exactly what appeals to celebrity-obsessed, easily-distracted Americans. It’s not about the platform of ideas and policies. It’s about how much star power and glitterati you can drape over your campaign.

With all the election talk about debates, rallies, caucuses, and surprise late-night candidates constantly permeating the news, it can be easy to forget that President Obama has an election — or rather, re-relection — campaign to run as well.

And where does Mr. Obama start? Being the hip president that he is, with the celebrities, of course! (Alright, to be fair, the list has a lot of political figures on it, too, but there sure are a lot of tabloid regulars.)

The Tennesseean has obtained a list of 194 public figures — potential presidential surrogates — that was reportedly distributed last month by the Obama campaign to a group of campaign donors in Washington as a “wish-list” of endorsers.

The collection, Dated Dec. 5, includes expected names like Oprah, Chelsea Clinton, and will.i.am, who, along with his bandmate Fergie, is one of the many musicians listed. But there are a few unexpected names there as well, such as country acts The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum, both of whom have already claimed that they will not be making any political endorsements.

The whole list is at the link, if you care.

In 2008 Obama ran a campaign that was short on specifics, but long on stagecraft and celebrity. It appears as though that will be his formula for 2012, and it may work given how much the political process is growing to resemble American Idol.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Dakotacyr

    Cool!

  • howiseeit

    This is what it’s coming to.  It’s like American Idol.  To heck with standards, good ideas and principles.  The dems have resorted to apealing to the least impressive criteria of discretion.  It’s their Mantra.  Instead of lifting people up they’ll try to lower the bar for voters and help them keep their standards low.  It’s their only hope. 

    • mikemc1970

      They are turning our election system into the Philippines election system.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Because nothing is more disgusting to Republicans than brown peoples democracy.

        • mikemc1970

          Would you quit making everything about race, you filthy racist? I’m going to let Chuck Woolery explain Democracy to you.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe9qE7GJSc4&feature

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Origins of Democracy in the Philippines

            When the United States colonized the Philippines in 1898 it planned to gradually grant self-determination to the country as the principles of democracy were imbibed by the population. As education was not widespread, the elite and the educated benefited most from the system instituted by the US, which was largely executed by officers of the US army. Filipinos worked in the American administration
            and quickly came to value the concept of self-government. By 1917, when the US decided to institute its policy of ‘Filipinisation’ , the elite was ready to assume positions vacated by departing US military officers. Between 1917 and 1935, when the Commonwealth came into existence, political parties were formed and most of the population was educated into accepting the principles of democracy, which meant having a ruling party and an opposition. In this respect, the Philippines was significantly different from many Asian countries which gained independence a few years later. As Apter (1962:154) points out: these countries did not generally accept an opposition as a normal feature of a democracy. The small elite who controlled the political process realized that each party would have its turn in government. The Nacionalista and Liberal parties, which differed little ideologically, dominated politics, and politicians switched parties to gain
            office. But the democratic system that developed did not represent the majority of the population.

            The Philippine Commonwealth was inaugurated
            in 1935 under a democratic constitution
            patterned after the United States bicameral system. ‘The
            ideology of American ‘democracy’ which emphasized
            the limitation of state power was very different from the
            philosophy of the French in Indo-China, the Dutch
            in the Indies and the British in Malaya. It played into
            the hands of the elite to whom the Americans, always ambivalent
            colonial rulers, proceeded to hand over political power as
            soon as possible’ (Overholt 1986:1136).

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Do you regret making this about race, mikemc1970, when you tried to insult Filipinos by attacking their democratic voting system?

            Or are you just upset that you took your cues from Hollywood on how to learn about our form of government?  No wonder you know so little; you get your talking points from Chuck Woolery.

            An Important Distinction: Democracy versus Republic It is important to keep in mind the difference between a Democracy and a Republic, as dissimilar forms of government. Understanding the difference is essential to comprehension of the fundamentals involved. It should be noted, in passing, that use of the word Democracy as meaning merely the popular type of government–that is, featuring genuinely free elections by the people periodically–is not helpful in discussing, as here,
            the difference between alternative and dissimilar forms of a popular government: a Democracy versus a Republic. This double meaning of Democracy–a popular-type government in general, as well as a specific form of popular government–needs to be made clear in any discussion, or writing, regarding this subject, for the
            sake of sound understanding.These two forms of government: Democracy and Republic, are not only dissimilar but antithetical, reflecting the sharp contrast between (a) The Majority Unlimited, in a Democracy, lacking any legal safeguard of the rights of The Individual and The Minority, and (b) The Majority Limited, in a Republic under a written Constitution safeguarding the rights of The Individual
            and The Minority; as we shall now see.

            http://lexrex.com/enlightened/AmericanIdeal/aspects/demrep.html

          • Alex

            I can remember you praising Sean Penn for his communist views and how much you admire his point of view.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            No, you can’t, because it never happened and you are just another sockpuppet = liar.

          • Alex

            Sorry, I remember.

        • Guest

          You, the communist sympathizer speaks …

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Stephen Baldwin—Rick Perry
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        Although his brother Alec is one of Hollywood’s well-known liberals, Stephen Baldwin jumped on the Rick Perry train in September after appearing at a Tea Party rally earlier in the year with Perry and Herman Cain. But things might get a little awkward at the next Perry event: Alec Baldwin has played Rick Perry on Saturday Night Live.

        http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/galleries/2012/01/04/duggars-endorse-rick-santorum-and-more-2012-republican-celebrity-endorsements-photos/jcr:content/gallery/slide_2/image.img.1325691580513.jpg

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Kelsey Grammer—Michele Bachmann

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      An enthusiastic supporter of Rudy Giuliani in 2008, Kelsey Grammer has since taken on a political role in Hollywood as a corrupt mayor in Starz’s Boss. Many were quick to say Grammer supported Michele Bachmann after he recorded a video message at her Troopathon fundraiser in June. But his publicist told The Hill
      that Grammer had not endorsed any candidate. But Grammer’s not out of
      the politics game yet: the actor joined with famous Hollywood
      conservative Jon Voight to kick off a Tim Pawlenty–backed PAC in Minneapolis.

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/galleries/2012/01/04/duggars-endorse-rick-santorum-and-more-2012-republican-celebrity-endorsements-photos/jcr:content/gallery/slide_5/image.img.1325691429855.jpg

  • SigFan

    Anyone who gives a rat’s patoot about what some entertainment industry celebutard says about political figures is probably too dumb to vote.  Unfortunately, there’s a whole bunch of them in the country, on both sides.

    • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

      Most of Barry’s followers are to dumb to vote.

      • mikemc1970

        That’s why they round them up, explain who they are voting for, and take them to the polling stations.

      • Demosthenes

        Randy G, careful who you call dumb. One might look at your ability to learn the written language.

        “Most of Barry’s followers are to dumb to vote.”  One “to” is not the correct “to”.

        • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

          Typo’s on sticky keyboards genius. Don’t forget my one reply a day rule to stupid bastards, stupid bastard.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Sorry, Mr. Gee, poof has ruled that out as an excuse.

      • SigFan

        All you need to confirm that is to read anything Hanni has written here.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Barry is a rock star who has learned to play to popular culture. In other words, he knows his audience. These are the same people who look like dopes when ever some late night comedy show does a Man-on-the-street interview. Considering the lack of integrity, honor and honesty that resides within the Democrat party why would any of this come as a surprise?

    Stuck on stupid.
    (The Democrat Credo)

  • opinionated

    Between breast feeding and bragging Beyonce is making his re-election shirts

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    ‘President Barack Obama has lost the support of one worldwide figure –
    super model Cindy Crawford. She helped out Republican presidential
    candidate Mitt Romney with his $10.25 million fundraising telethon
    Monday, Politico reports.

    Randy Owen, musician and lead singer of legendary group Alabama (RandyOwen.com), Pat Boone, a popular singer whose latest album came out in 2006 (wikipedia) and who was the second most popular singer of the late-50’s early-60’s (after Elvis Presley – tsimon.com), and the Osmonds, all supported Mitt Romney.

    Famous TV personality and producer, Robin Leach, who first became well known by hosting and producing “Lifestyles of the Rich and famous”, also supported Mitt Romney, as did Joseph Abboud, famous fashion designer and chairman of Joseph Abboud Worldwide.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/galleries/2012/01/04/duggars-endorse-rick-santorum-and-more-2012-republican-celebrity-endorsements-photos/jcr:content/gallery/slide_8/image.img.1325691192852.jpg

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    “Speed skater Dan Jansen at Romney call day, says Mitt ‘turned the Olympics around, and he’ll turn the country around.’ ”

    NewsMax.com – Supermodel Crawford Ditches Obama for Romney – May 17, 2011

    ”Dan Jansen, Olympic speed skating gold medalist, also spoke in support of Romney. Jansen said he met Romney while the governor was overseeing the Olympics.”

    Huffington Post – Campaign 2008 – Jan 2, 2008

    Olympic Skeleton racer Jim Shea supported Mitt Romney for president as did speed skater Derek Parra.
    Derek Parra, who won a gold and silver in speed skating, stated in his
    support of Romney during the presidential primary: “I won a gold medal
    in the Salt Lake Olympics. But there was another big winner, Mitt
    Romney, the world-class leader who saved our Olympics.” (Parra also
    keeps on his website a copy of a speech Governor Romney gave that has a
    touching ending that refers to Derek. DerekParra.com – Reflections in the Ice)

    Deseret News – May 3, 2007

    Kristi Yamaguchi, the olympic figure skating champion also supported Mitt Romney.

     

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    ”Mitt Romney isn’t an ex-college baseball stud like the first
    President Bush and doesn’t have the air of a jock, but that hasn’t
    stopped a slew of pro athletes and coaches from backing the ex-Bay State
    guv.

    ”A review of campaign finance filings shows Romney has gotten
    significant support from the pro sports world, raking in maximum $2,300
    donations from Boston Celtics vice president Danny Ainge¹, New England Patriots honcho Bob Kraft², Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and legendary sportscaster Vin Scully. Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back-turned-ESPN analyst Merril Hoge has also chipped in $1,000 to Romney’s campaign, records show.”

    Boston Herald – Dec 30, 2007

    Yet others include NBC Sports analyst (and former golf champion) Johnny Miller, and Baltimore Ravens Tight End Todd Heap.

    Phillymag.com – Jan 10, 2008

    In addition, pro tennis player from 1988 to 2000 and sports commentator Jim Courier, Orlando Magic owner Richard DeVos, and Kansas City Royals player George Brett are all supporters of Mitt Romney.

    Newsmeat – Mitt Romney

    Romney even got some pinstripe love. Yankee President Randy Levine was one of the 140 donors kicking in $2,500 to help the former governor of Massachusetts, the home of Red Sox Nation.

    NYPost.com – Christie fans boo$t Romney – Nov 2, 2011

    H. Wayne Huizenga, owner of the Miami Dolphins joined the Florida finance committee to elect Mitt Romney on March 20, 2007.

    GWU.edu – Mitt Romney-Florida Organization

    Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons and John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves pitcher are also supporters of Mitt Romney.

    Atlanta Business Chronicle – Aug 17, 2007

    Another Atlanta Braves notable supporting Mitt Romney is back to back National League MVP Dale Murphy, their former centerfielder. (Weekly Standard – Dec 11, 2007)

    Other major league baseball supporters of Romney (some of whom also supported McCain or others) include:

    Arizona Diamondbacks CEO and general partner Jeff Morad, and the Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick, who stated, “I hope to get a good leader for our country”. Cincinnati Reds President/CEO Robert Castellini and his wife, National League champion team Colorado Rockies vice chairman Dick Monfort, Milwaukee Brewers principle owner Mark Attanasio, and St. Louis Cardinals general partner and chairman William DeWitt Jr.

    USAToday.com – Oct 25, 2007

    Peter Karmanos, Co-Owner of three hockey teams: the Carolina Hurricanes; the Plymouth Whalers; and the Florida Everblades.

    GWU.edu – May 8, 2007

    Completing pro-sports leadership support from New England:

    Boston Celtics owner and managing partner Stephen G. Pagliuca (people.forbes.com), who also was a Duke basketball player (WEEI SportsRadio Network) supported Mitt Romney for president.

    ”As a Managing Partner and Chairman of the Basketball
    Committee, Pagliuca has focused on enhancing the development and
    improvement of the Celtics basketball operations. [The Celtics are 17
    time World Champions.] Mr. Pagliuca also serves as a member of the NBA
    Board of Governors and the NBA Competition Committee… He is currently
    the Chairman of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
    to Children [MSPCC], Chairman of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation,
    Co Chair of the Inner City Scholarship Fund and serves on the
    international board of The Right To Play, a worldwide children’s
    development group that utilizes Olympic athletes to promote children’s
    health and safety. He is also a Trustee of the Bain Capital Children’s
    Charity.” (nba.com)

    Ironically, Pagliuca, who was born in Brooklin, NY as the
    grandson of an Italian immigrant shoemaker, is a democrat who ran for
    the democrat nomination for Kennedy’s senate seat in 2010. “Though a
    progressive and big donor to Democrats, he has contributed to the
    Republican campaigns of Mitt Romney, his former boss.” (wsj.com)

    When challenged in the democrat debates, candidate Pagliuca
    refused to express any regrets for supporting Romney. When asked if he
    could do it all again, he refused to say he would not support Romney
    again. (Because a Bush supporter gave Pagliuca $300,000 for the MSPCC
    childrens charity, Pagliuca said he felt obligated to make a donation to
    Bush’s primary campaign, and that was a mistake, but indicated that it
    was no mistake to support Romney.)

    Boston Globe – The Democratic Senate Debate – Dec 3, 2009

    Stephen Pagliuca lost to Martha Coakley in the democrat
    primary, who then lost to Scott Brown (who had supported Mitt Romney for
    president) in the general election.

    ¹ Danny Ainge is also a retired pro baseball and basketball
    player who ”became one of the important pieces of the [Boston Celtics]
    team that won the NBA title in 1984 and 1986, and a major contributor of
    the mid to late 1980s Celtics teams.”

    Wikipedia – Danny Ainge

    ² ”Robert Kraft announced his intention to bring New England a
    championship the day he bought the Patriots in 1994. In the 14 years
    since, he has made good on that pledge several times over, as the
    Patriots have won an unrivaled three Super Bowls, five conference
    championships and eight division championships during that time…

    ”In the four seasons immediately preceding Kraft’s acquisition
    (1990-93), the Patriots compiled an NFL-worst 14-50 (.219) overall
    record, which included a 1-15 finish in 1990 and a 2-14 record in 1992.
    They were not only last in the standings, they were also last in
    attendance and in overall revenue. But it didn’t take long for Kraft’s
    vision to come into focus…

    ”The year he bought the team, season ticket sales soared to new
    heights, eclipsing 40,000 for the first time in franchise history. By
    the start of his first season, every game was sold out, a feat that had
    not been accomplished in the franchise’s previous 34 seasons. The
    achievement ensured that local broadcast blackouts would be lifted and
    every Patriots game, home and away, would be televised throughout New
    England for the first time in team history.”

     

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  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Dean Cain—Rick Perry

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    Dean Cain may have played impartial reporter Clark Kent on TV’s Lois and Clark,
    but in real life the actor is an active Republican who enthusiastically
    supported John McCain 2008. In the early days of the 2012 race, Cain
    told Fox News that he didn’t have a favored candidate. Enter Rick Perry in August. By September Cain told Fox News,
    “I undoubtedly like Rick Perry … I like his record on job creation.”
    Cain elaborated further, saying, “It’s always about the jobs.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/galleries/2012/01/04/duggars-endorse-rick-santorum-and-more-2012-republican-celebrity-endorsements-photos/jcr:content/gallery/slide_6/image.img.1325691351418.jpg

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