Obama has far more star power than Clinton does

I read an interesting article in the L.A. Times tonight about Senator Barack Obama’s impressive Hollywood endorsements. These don’t matter much to political insiders, but they do to much of the American public. Here is are a few excerpts:

Clooney, and, of course, Oprah Winfrey are Obama’s highest-profile supporters. (And no doubt, Clooney could mobilize his pack of “Ocean’s Eleven” pals to support the senator in a heartbeat.) At a crucial Iowa rally last week, Scarlett Johansson called on young voters to support Obama. (They did.)

Meanwhile, on an overseas press junket, Will Smith announced that he was on the Illinois senator’s bandwagon. (“He’s the perfect choice for America’s future,” the actor told reporters at a Berlin media event for his latest blockbuster hit, “I Am Legend.” The foreign press asked Smith if he would run himself. He graciously declined.)

Some other A-list hotties, hipsters and legends in Obama’s camp include David Geffen, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eddie Murphy, Sidney Poitier, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, Tyra Banks, Halle Berry, Zach Braff, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Hornsby, Lakers coach Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles, Ellen Pompeo, Edward Norton, Leonard Nimoy, Jamie Foxx, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Natalie Maines, Rob Morrow and Forest Whitaker.

Wow! Hillary Clinton’s Hollywood supporters are older and not nearly as hip as Obama’s friends. They include: Quincy Jones, Clarence Avant, Rob Reiner, and a number of mega-money men such as Haim Saban, Steve Bing, Alan Horn, Ron Burkle and Jack Abernethy and a list of longtime Clinton loyalists (Barbra Streisand, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen).

I’ll take Will Smith over Rob Reiner any day! I suspect many other voters will too.


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