Thursday, August 14, 2008

Obama Celebrity Watch

Time Magazine asks: Why Can't Candidates Be Celebrities?

The article goes immediately astray, seemingly equating the questions about Obama’s celebrity with McCain using Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt in a video warm-up act for a Pennsylvania town hall meeting.

Obama is being painted by Team McCain as a celebrity in the mold of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, who, we feel comfortable in suggesting, do not quite rise to the political importance of Churchill and Roosevelt (who, we are equally comfortable in suggesting, do not quite rise to the pop-culture celebrity of Hilton and Spears).

But where in the world would Team McCain get the idea that Obama is tied into the Hollywood celebrity culture?

Well, let’s take a look – and what the heck, let’s get an actual look (with pictures!) – at some of the beautiful people hosting fundraisers for Obama in the coming days, which we discover courtesy of The Caucus Blog:

Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City and Anna Wintour, Editor of Vogue

Ellen Pompeo and Justin Chambers, Grey’s Anatomy

George Clooney, Obama Speech Coach and Foreign Policy Advisor (and aspiring actor)

Scarlett Johansson, Obama pen pal (and aspiring actress)

But Obama doesn't just hang with celebrities, of course. He is treated like one. There's the fainting that being in his presence causes among women, there's the thrill going up the leg that his speeches cause in some men. And then there's this reaction of one Obama supporter during the candidate's recent visit to his old prep school in Hawaii (h/t Greg Pollowitz at NRO's Media Blog):

"My only regret is I didn't get a picture of him kissing my wife. If there's any man in the world who can kiss my wife, it's Barack Obama," said Candace's husband John Cheever, also a Punahou teacher.

Just a kiss? Lame. The real question is, is Obama on Candace’s “freebie list”?

No, wait. The really real question is, are the fundraisers above Obama's "freebie list"?

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