Celebrities: Team McCain vs. Team Obama
A guide to which celebs are rooting for which prez candidates
When it comes to celeb endorsements, we’re usually talking fast food, diet fads or footwear. But this season, Hollywood stars are trading their Team Angelina / Team Jennifer t-shirts for Barack Obama buttons and John McCain bumper stickers.
While studies show that celeb endorsements are “at best, meaningless, at worst, poisonous. Unless you’re Oprah,” as Political Machine’s Tommy Christopher puts it – these stars just can’t keep silent on their ballot picks.
We’ve got the round up on which celebs are playing for which presidential politicos. Batter up!
Team Obama has a deep roster of celebrity backers. John McCain even mocked Obama’s star status with an ad comparing him to vapid celebs like Paris Hilton. (Too bad Paris’ parents had shelled out $4,600 to McCain’s campaign and were royally peeved by the ad. Oops! Paris, in fact, responded with her own funny video, mocking McCain’s ad.)
Team Obama’s heavy hitters include:
Oprah Winfrey: Lady O made the first presidential endorsement of her career as an Obama supporter. A group of female Republicans in Florida is boycotting her show and magazine for reportedly refusing to have Sarah Palin as a guest. While Oprah had Obama on her show twice before the election, she’s vowed not to have candidates of either party appear during the campaign.
In a statement, Oprah responded: “At the beginning of this presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates. I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over.”
George Clooney: “I’ve been an Obama guy for a year and a half and I’m very excited by his campaign,” Clooney.” – via RawStory.com. (Frankly George, I’m very excited by anything you do, including blinking.)
Scarlett Johansson: This siren has said she’s “engaged” to Senator Obama and often exchanges emails with him. Although Obama just seem to be quite as smitten. According to the LA Times, Obama responded: “”She sent one e-mail to Reggie [campaign manager Reggie Love], who forwarded it to me… I write saying, ‘Thank you, Scarlett, for doing what you do.’ And suddenly we have this e-mail relationship.” Ouch.
Matt Damon: Clearly not a fan of Sarah Palin, Damon told the Associated Press: “I think there’s a really good chance Sarah Palin could become president, and I think that’s a really scary thing.” Damon compared the possibility of her presidency in the case of McCain’s death to a “really bad Disney movie,” explaining, “The hockey mom, you know, ‘Oh, I’m just a hockey mom’… and she’s facing down [Russian] President Putin … It’s totally absurd … It’s a really terrifying possibility.'”
The Team Obama roster is rounded out by:
Jessica Alba (hottie first base)
Halle Berry (hottie second base)
Jessica Biel (hottie third base)
Ellen Pompeo (sexy short stop)
Samuel L. Jackson (out in mother f***’n left field.)
Warren Buffett (financial catcher)
Zach Braff (team physician)
Ed Norton (angry coach)
Eddie Murphy (comic relief pitcher)
Cindy Crawford (smokin’ Diet Coke & Cracker Jacks vendor)
Leonard Nimoy (out of this world outfielder)
John McCain doesn’t have quite the celebrity depth (how often do you see those two words next to each other?) on his endorsement team. But he’s got some decent players in his starting line-up.
Clint Eastwood: The actor/director/composer/former Mayor of Carmel (what does this man not do brilliantly?) is hoping McCain will make his day. He even watched the Olympics with the McCains this summer – because what else would two heroes do together but watch other heroes in action?
Heidi Montag: The Hills reality star is now ready to star for McCain. She recently lunched with his daughter, Meghan, and told US Weekly that the GOP nom was her man. “I’m a Republican and McCain has a lot of experience,” she explained eloquently.
McCain returned the compliment, winking to Time: “I’m honored to have Heidi’s support and I want to assure her that I never miss an episode of The Hills, especially since the new season started.”
Sylvester Stallone: Unstoppable Rocky said he’d be championing McCain, telling Fox News: “I like McCain a lot. A lot. And you know, things may change along the way, but there’s something about matching the character with the script. And right now, the script that’s being written and reality is pretty brutal and pretty hard-edged like a rough action film, and you need somebody who’s been in that to deal with it.” (I love a man who sticks to references he’s comfortable with.)
Arnold Schwarzenegger: The governator told CNN that McCain’s “a great American hero and an extraordinary leader.” (See – heroes like to stick to their own kind!)
And the rest of the line-up is filled with oldies but goodies, including:
Tom Selleck (Tom & Sarah Palin both heart guns – do I see a match made in NRA heaven?)
Jon Voight (Think this will help/hurt is relationship with daughter Angelina?)
Wilford Brimley (He’s lobbying for his Diabetes & Oatmeal health care plan)
Rip Torn (Wow.)
George Soros (Wow again.)
Burt Bacharach (What exactly does the world need now, Burt?)
Wow, so many stats to keep up with. And looks like this one’s going into extra innings, folks. So wear your team jersey with pride and let the games begin!