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.