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Thursday
Jun072012

Obama Campaign Deploys Marc Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers

BarackObama.com(WASHINGTON) -- Two new Obama campaign Web videos targeting voters in Florida and Ohio underscore just how much the president is relying on star power to try to energize his base.

Singer-songwriter Marc Anthony delivers a message to Florida Latinos in the online spot, “The President Has Our Back.”

“Hi my name is Marc Anthony. Latinos are a force that can and will help decide this election. And it’s a good thing that we’ve got so much to say, right?” he says. “We have jobs, the economy, education. President Obama is on our side on all of them. We just have to make sure that he gets four more years to make more progress. The president has our back. So it’s time to let him know that you’ve got his.”

Anthony will host a fundraising reception and concert with President Obama in Miami Beach on June 26.  Tickets start at $250 per person for general admission and run up to $5,000 for a photo with Obama.

Another video features the Red Hot Chili Peppers “rocking for Barack” in Ohio – a free concert the band held to reward volunteers who spent the day phone banking and knocking on doors for the president in April.

“They’re here because they care about their country and they want to win this election,” campaign manager Jim Messina tells the crowd from on stage.

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Tuesday
May012012

Betty White Makes 2012 Campaign Ad Debut

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- In a congressional race that pits two of California’s Democratic titans against each other, one candidate pulled the gold card, or rather, the Golden card, this week.

Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., is out with a campaign ad featuring none other than America’s favorite Golden Girl, Betty White.

The 90-year-old actress and longtime animal rights advocate touts Berman as a “leader who fights for the humane treatment of all animals.”

In the ad White appears alongside Wendie Malick, her co-star in the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, who says Berman is “unbelievably effective,” citing his push for more police officers patrolling his San Fernando Valley district.

The 30-second spot ends with White pointing out Berman’s “very nice blue eyes” and Berman approving the ad on screen while holding a fluffy white dog.

Berman, a 16-term congressman, faces a tough election after being redistricted to face his fellow Democratic incumbent Brad Sherman. The race for California’s new 30th district, which includes West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, is expected to be one of the most expensive in the country.

As of March 31, Sherman had more than $4 million in his war chest. Berman boasted about $2.4 million cash on hand. Both candidates have since started ramping up their ad campaigns leading up to California’s June primary. Because it is an all-party primary, both Berman and Sherman are expected to win and face off in the general election.

White is just one of a long list of Hollywood stars that have thrown their support, both verbally and monetarily, behind Berman.

The entertainment industry is his top donor with Hollywood honchos like DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenberg, Universal Pictures President Richard Finkelstein and Warner Brothers Chairman Barry Meyer all donating the legal max to his campaign.

Stars like Tom Hanks, Bette Midler and Barbara Streisand have also put their money behind Berman, according to his March campaign disclosures.

Berman’s nod of approval from Betty White comes just one day after he scored the endorsement of the area’s largest newspaper, the Los Angeles Times.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Obama Sings Al Green at Harlem Fundraiser

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Shortly after taking the stage Thursday night for a fundraiser at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, President Obama broke into song.

Obama, standing behind the presidential podium, thanked his hosts and the performers who preceded him, including soul singer Al Green.

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“To know that Rev. Al Green was here!” Obama said.

Then, after a pause, he began to sing the opening line of one of Green’s hit songs from 1972: “Let’s Stay Together.”

“I’m ... sooo in love ... ”

The crowd of 1,400 supporters went wild.

The lyrics of the full opening stanza of the song read: “I’m, I’m so in love with you. Whatever you want to do. Is alright with me. ‘Cause you make me feel, so brand new. And I want to spend my life with you.”

The tune’s refrain underscores a theme of Obama’s re-election campaign: “Let’s, let’s stay together. Loving you whether, whether. Times are good or bad, happy or sad.” (The president did not sing this part, however.)

“Those guys didn’t think I would do it. I told you I was going to do it,” Obama said with a smile and a chuckle, looking offstage.

“The sandman did not come out. Now don’t worry, (inaudible) I cannot sing like you, but I just wanted to show my appreciation,” he said.

The Apollo event was Obama’s fourth campaign event of the night in New York City. It was hosted by Tony Award-winning composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda with performances by soul singer Green and vocal artist India.Arie. Tickets were $200 apiece for general admission.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

There Will Be Something 'Common' About the President's Get Out the Vote Rallies

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr. -- better known as Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist and actor Common -- will join President Obama in Chicago on Saturday for his get out the vote rally. Common is a favorite son there -- born on the South Side and a member since he was eight years old of the Trinity United Church of Christ, once led by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

The artist, whose debut album was titled Can I Borrow a Dollar?, will also join the president and Vice President Biden at Cleveland State University on Sunday for a rally there.

Common was featured in will.i.am’s famous "Yes We Can" video and performed at President Obama’s “Home States” inaugural ball.

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