Last week we reported that President Obama met with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the White House. We don’t usually see Obama and celebrities in the same sentence but he did attract a huge stock of Hollywood stars 4 years ago in his last election phase..today we learn that The President is looking to bring back “star power” to his re-election campaign. Can you guess who is on his ‘wish list’ this time?
Last time around, Obama created a campaign which attracted the support of many celebrities, this was the first time we had seen this kind of political campaign, a younger, cooler style of campaigning, one that uses stars as “surrogates and activists.”
This time, Obama’s ‘list’ of fave stars was made public on Thursday. Not everyone on the list intend on being involved, however it is more interesting for us to see who he chooses…
There are apparently 190 names on the list, which is quite a lot, and a number of those were strong supporters last election cycle: will.i.am, Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Eva Longoria, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Olivia Wilde.
It seems some people did make it to the list but are not happy about it – country band Lady Antebellum’s publicist said that they were surprised to see the group on the list, and that “the band has never commented on their political affiliations nor do they plan to in the future.” Hmmm….
Some people are surprised that certain stars have been left off the Obama ‘wish list.’ The main name that is being thrown around is Matt Damon… he was one of the big campaigners for Obama in 2008 but has become a “vocal critic” of his educational and Wall Street policies more recently.
I think this is so interesting to see which celebs Obama ‘likes’ and which he doesn’t, it is also a little humorous. In my opinion it pretty obviously comes down to which stars support him and his policies and which don’t. You can see from his decision to exclude Matt Damon from the list. It is not about which actors or personalities he admires the most at all, or who he thinks is the most talented. Some I understand…Jay-Z and Oprah Winfrey I see, but I have to say I’m surprised by the choice of Eva Longoria and Sarah Jessica Parker…thoughts?