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George Clooney Plays Political Pundit

George Clooney, a longtime friend of the Clintons and son of a Democratic politician, recently gushed to UK Marie Claire about why he supports Barack Obama. He always thought he would help out Hillary, until . . .

A couple of years ago, at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, up stepped the most eloquent speaker I've heard since maybe Kennedy. I just thought, "Well, there are people who are great and will do fine, then there's a time in your life where you go, 'This is something spectacular.'"

Is George worried that some of his fans could be offended by his love for Obama? To find out,


George worries about backlash from the voters, not backlash from the fans. His father's 2004 run for Congress taught him that his celebrity status could be a political liability. He explained:

I couldn't campaign for him because the Republicans ran a "Hollywood vs. the heartland" campaign, saying we were the immoral ones. It's enticing when someone exciting [like Obama] says, "Please do this for me." But you have to ask, 'Is this in their best interests?"

Do you think George's support helps or hurts Barack Obama? Should America anticipate another Hollywood vs. the heartland general election?


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