Entries in Politics (3)


James Taylor Stumps for Obama, DNC

Gail Oskin/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Singer-songwriter and North Carolina native James Taylor says he’s eager to infuse his performances with politics, stumping for President Obama when he tours the United States later this year.

“I am so – I really love this president. I love what it says about America, that we were able to elect this man,” Taylor, 63, said in an interview with local TV affiliate WCNC.

Taylor will hit the road in June and July for 18 concerts, including stops in general election battlegrounds Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio and Colorado, where, he said, he will proudly promote Obama.

He performed Friday at two fundraisers for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., that were also attended by first lady Michelle Obama. The events raised at least $675,000.

“It’s great that North Carolina sets the stage for this event,” Taylor said of the DNC. “I wouldn’t miss it. I will find some excuse to be down here. If asked, I will perform. I’d love to.”

Taylor said he’d like to perform “Carolina in My Mind” for the convention. His 1977 hit single “Your Smiling Face” is featured on the Obama Campaign’s official 2012 soundtrack.

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George Clooney Drawn to Politics on Screen, Not in Real Life

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- George Clooney made a movie about how messed up the American electoral process could be. It doesn't fall far from how messed up he thinks American politics is.

"I'm disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama, quite honestly, I am," he said on ABC News Now's Popcorn with Peter Travers before Friday's release of The Ides of March. "Democrats eat their own," Clooney said. "Democrats find singular issues and go, 'Well, I didn't get everything I wanted.' I'm a firm believer in sticking by and sticking up for the people whom you've elected."

Clooney further opined, "If he was a Republican running, because Republicans are better at this, they'd be selling him as the guy who stopped 400,000 jobs a month from leaving the country. They'd be selling him as the guy who saved the auto industry. If they had the beliefs, they'd be selling him as the guy who got rid of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' who got Osama bin Laden. You could be selling this as a very successful three years."

Clooney's had reasons to ruminate on all of this. In The Ides of March, which he also wrote and directed, he plays a ruthless presidential candidate who ropes an idealistic staffer into his tangled web. Cue the cheating, the lying, the manipulation. He hopes to inspire exactly zero politicians.

"I don't want to go show this to Washington," he said. "I don't want them to be taking notes."

A lifelong Democrat and prominent supporter of President Obama during the 2008 campaign, Clooney took his own leanings into consideration while developing the film.

"We wanted to talk about how we elect people and the deals we make along the way," he said. "I knew that the only way I was going to be allowed to do it, because I'm a Democrat and I've been sort of loud about it at times, was that I'd make him a Democrat so that the flaws are of a Democrat."

In reality, too, the Oscar winner thinks the Democratic Party is flawed. He also bemoaned the state of political coverage.

"I'm angered at the polarization," he said. "Having growing up around television news, I'm angered at the way things are presented. I'm worried about the content. I'm worried about who's minding the store, and I'm worried about the idea that 24-hour news doesn't mean we get more news, it just means we have this repetitive cycle of things that aren't factually accurate."

Is this the birth of George Clooney, political strategist, or perhaps even politico? Not so much.

"We're putting out Ides of March, I play a guy who's running for president, again, it sort of starts these questions of, 'Would you ever want to run for politics or be in politics?'" Clooney said. "I'm like, look at my life and look at everybody else's life in politics and...why would I ever want to do that? I'm having a very good time."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Chris Rock Takes a Swing at Tea Party

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the March issue of Esquire, comedian Chris Rock takes a swing at the Tea Party.

When asked by a writer how he felt about political tension in the U.S., Rock responded, "I actually like it, in the sense that -- you got kids?" asked Rock. "Kids always act up the most before they go to sleep. And when I see the Tea Party and all this stuff, it actually feels like racism's almost over. Because this is the last -- this is the act up before the sleep. They're going crazy. They're insane. You want to get rid of them -- and the next thing you know, they're [bleeping] knocked out. And that's what's going on in the country right now."

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