Barack Obama Watch: David Geffen and Hollywood Heavyweights Backing Obama

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Chicago Sun-Times: Hollywood heavyweights set to rake in cash

Here’s the scoop. One of the first major fund-raisers for the budding Barack Obama presidential campaign will be hosted by entertainment moguls David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg — that’s the Hollywood buzz.

The event will take place in the Los Angeles area after Obama’s official campaign kickoff Feb. 10.

So, where is Hillary?

Wasn’t David Geffen a FOB (Friend of Bill)?

After Obama visited Saddleback Church in Orange County last month, Time magazine reported Obama did a “meet and greet” at Ari Emanuel’s home with “Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Normal Lear, Christine Lahti and her husband, ‘Studio 60’ producer Thomas Schlamme.”

But, wasn’t brother Rahm Emanuel a REAL FOB?

Where is Hillary?

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An explanation can be found……

Los Angeles Times: Politics: Personal but not private

Once upon a time, David Geffen was an FOB (Friend of Bill). Now he’s assumed to be a Friend of Barack.

Take the speculation that began to swirl around entertainment industry mogul David Geffen this week when Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to look into a presidential run.

Geffen’s name surfaced immediately as one of Hollywood’s early major supporters of the young senator, a significant snub to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) possible presidential bid. Although Geffen — once a powerful Clinton ally — has not yet spoken publicly on the matter, his longtime friend Arianna Huffington believes the message is clear: “David Geffen has already declared for Obama, and many other Hollywood power brokers, who are not ready to go public yet, are making it known in private that they are in the ABH (Anyone But Hillary) camp,” Huffington wrote recently in a Los Angeles Times column.

And Geffen has been quoted:

“She can’t win, and she’s an incredibly polarizing figure,” “And ambition is just not a good enough reason.”

Although Hollywood politicos now list Geffen in the Obama camp, that doesn’t mean everyone will follow.

“You’ll see the majority of the people in Hollywood giving to multiple candidates,” said political consultant Noah Mamet.

Perhaps signaling a maturation in Hollywood political giving, entertainment industry donors are following New York’s model by giving to a number of candidates, Mamet said. They’re hedging their bets so they still have access no matter what the outcome. “People realize you don’t have to attach yourself to just one candidate,” he said.

Norman Lear said he believes supporting a number of candidates is important for the future. “I think my kids will benefit from the rub-off of a good, vigorous discussion. I would back Obama and Sen. Clinton and [former Iowa Gov. Tom] Vilsack and Edwards. And we would all benefit.”

In other words, the Hollywood crowd doesn’t know who will win?

Are they hedging?

You betcha…….

This is NOT a good sign for the Hillary Clinton campaign but good for the Friends of Barack.

Stay tuned and watch where the money flows.

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Glenn McCoy on Barack Obama

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Hollywood Hil’s? Barack is gaining

Hollywood has been a cash-spewing ATM for Sen. Hillary Clinton, but Sen. Barack Obama may challenge her top billing when it comes to Tinseltown cash.

Powerhouse agent Ari Emanuel, whose client stable includes A-listers like Michael Douglas, Martin Scorsese, Larry David and Paris Hilton, is set to throw a sure-to-be-star-studded bash for Obama (D-Ill.) next month.

A spokesman for the Endeavor agency head confirmed Emanuel “will be doing some sort of event [for Obama] in February.”

DreamWorks SKG moguls Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, along with activist actors George Clooney and Barbra Streisand, each forked over $2,000 to Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign, according to Newsmeat.com, a Web site that tracks celeb contributions.

And remember David Geffen said that “Hillary Can’t win”

Sen. Hillary Clinton should not count on help from Hollywood mogul David Geffen in her possible run for the White House in 2008.

Geffen, who was a generous supporter and pal of Bill Clinton when he was president, trashed Hillary’s prospects last night during a Q&A at the 92nd St. Y in New York City.

“She can’t win, and she’s an incredibly polarizing figure,” the billionaire Democrat told his audience. “And ambition is just not a good enough reason.”

Lloyd Grove reports in fresh editions of the NY DAILY NEWS the audience broke with “hearty applause,” over Geffen’s comments.

So, when does the politics of personal destruction start, Hillary?


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Barack Obama Watch: President 2008 – He’s IN!

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U.S. Sen. Barack Obama addresses the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Scholarship Award Breakfast in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 15, 2007

Washington Post: Obama Takes 1st Step in Presidential Bid

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday he is taking the initial step in a presidential bid that could make him the nation’s first black to occupy the White House.

Obama announced on his Web site, http://www.barackobama.com, that he was filing a presidential exploratory committee. He said he would announce more about his plans in his home state of Illinois on Feb. 10.

“I certainly didn’t expect to find myself in this position a year ago,” Obama said in a video posting. “I’ve been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics. So I’ve spent some time thinking about how I could best advance the cause of change and progress that we so desperately need.”

The announcement video is here:

The Transcript is here.

His biographical video is here:

Note some presidential campaign themes:

“America’s faced big problems before,” he said. “But today, our leaders in Washington seem incapable of working together in a practical, commonsense way. Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can’t tackle the big problems that demand solutions.”

He said Americans are struggling financially, dependence on foreign oil threatens the environment and national security and “we’re still mired in a tragic and costly war that should have never been waged.”

Big Question:

Where is Hillary?

Stay tuned……..

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Rudy Giuliani Watch: Giuliani Supports Iraq Troop SURGE

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani makes a point as he speaks with reporters in New London, Conn., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Giuliani was speaking about safety considerations in regard to the proposed construction of a liquid natural gas facility in the middle of Long Island Sound between Connecticut and New York state. Giuliani’s security firm has been hired to study the situation. From left are: Tom von Essen, Richard Sheirer and Giuliani. Von Essen and Sheirer are associates of Giuliani’s.

The Hotline (Via The Corner): Rudy Supports The Troop Increase

Ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani released this paper statement tonight on the president’s Iraq speech:

“Success or failure in Iraq is not a matter of partisan politics but a matter of national security. All Americans should be hoping, praying and offering constructive advice for the success of our troops in Iraq and for those Iraqis seeking to create a stable and decent government. In that spirit, I support the President’s increase in troops. Even more importantly – I support the change in strategy – the focus on security and the emphasis on a political and economic solution as being even more important than a military solution.I would add to it a heavy emphasis on measuring results and having the flexibility of adapting our strategy to make certain we restore security as quickly as possible.

We must not wait for a year or more to measure the success of our strategy but must develop a system to do so monthly weekly even daily so we give our troops the necessary support to succeed.”

But, guess what?

Hillary Clinton opposes the increase in troops. And so does Barack.

What a surprise…….

Flap caught the Mayor on Fox News after President Bush’s speech last night and he looked very presidential. Rudy made his points clearly and distinctly without any hesitation.

A LEADER speaking?

You betcha…….

Giuliani will EAT Hillary alive in any debate…..

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Barack Obama Watch: Playing on the White Man’s Court . . . by the White Man’s Rules

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Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. acknowledges the crowd at the state Democratic election celebration party in Manchester, N.H.

Washington Post: Effect of Obama’s Candor Remains to Be Seen

Senator Admitted Trying Cocaine in a Memoir Written 11 Years Ago

Long before the national media spotlight began to shine on every twist and turn of his life’s journey, Barack Obama had this to say about himself: “Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man. . . . I got high [to] push questions of who I was out of my mind.”

The Democratic senator from Illinois and likely presidential candidate offered the confession in a memoir written 11 years ago, not long after he graduated from law school and well before he contemplated life on the national stage. At the time, 20,000 copies were printed and the book seemed destined for the remainders stacks.

Obama’s revelations were not an issue during his Senate campaign two years ago. But now his open narrative of early, bad choices, including drug use starting in high school and ending in college, as well as his tortured search for racial identity, are sure to receive new scrutiny.

Senator Obama has scared the Clinton cabal. This is the second of an opening salvo in Hillary’s attack of personal destruction against this upstart who would DARE challenge her for the presidency. Drug use, abandoned by his black African father and raised by a white family under White Man’s Rules is quite an opening.

But, effective – nonetheless.

Barack has cleared the field for Hillary’s right – Warner and Bayh are OUT. Now, it is time for Obama to exit the arena.

Will he take the hint?

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Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, listens to concerns from Terry, right, and Phyllis Keca, prior to testifying before the Federal Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health field hearing in Naperville, Ill.

Obama writes extensively about his struggle to come to terms with being a black man whose African father returned to Kenya when he was 2, leaving him to be raised by his white Kansas-born mother and grandparents in Hawaii. He describes an identity crisis arising from his realization that his life was shaped by both a loving white family and a world that saw in him the negative stereotypes frequently ascribed to young black men. He recounts a search of self that took him from high school in Hawaii to Columbia University, and then to the streets of Chicago as a community organizer.

“We were always playing on the white man’s court . . . by the white man’s rules,” he writes. “If the principal, or the coach, or a teacher . . . wanted to spit in your face, he could, because he had the power and you didn’t. . . . The only thing you could choose was withdrawal into a smaller and smaller coil of rage.

“And the final irony: should you refuse this defeat and lash out at your captors . . . they would have a name for that too. Paranoid. Militant.”

Damaging revelations – a surprise? Not when you are running against Hillary and the Clinton cabal who has kept private detectives busy researching Obama’s life.

So, will the good Senator continue in his quest for the presidency?

Only if Barack has the COJONES to hit Hillary back and hit back hard. Flap can recommend a few for help.

Stay tuned…….

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Hillary Clinton Watch: Barack Obama’s Presidential Candidacy Will Diminish

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (R) talks with former President Bill Clinton (L), Senator Hillary Clinton (2nd L) (D-NY) and Chelsea Clinton (2nd R) before the funeral of former U.S. President Gerald Ford at the National Cathedral in Washington January 2, 2007.

Drudge is reporting on a soon to be published New York Times piece:

HILLARY PREDICTS: OBAMA CANDIDACY WILL DIMINISH

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton views Barack Obama as her biggest obstacle to nomination, the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report, but she believes the threat of his candidacy will diminish — as voters learn how inexperienced he is in government and foreign affairs!

NYT reporter Adam Nagourney has filed a high-impact story, newsroom sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

Publication time: Unknown.

Clinton has engaged in a series of nearly nonstop political consultations since Election Day, in what her advisers say are preparations for, in all likelihood, announcing her interest in running for president.

[That announcement could come in weeks.]

Dining recently with allies in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton was “probing and absorbing, and clearly informed,” reports Nagourney.

The topic turned to the Democratic sweep in New Hampshire in November.

Hillary wanted to know how did the Democrats managed to unseat the state’s two Republican members of Congress, and what were the key issues?

Clinton told Democrats that she viewed her two strongest potential Democratic opponents as Obama and John Edwards.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a state Democratic election celebration party in Manchester, N.H., Dec. 10, 2006. New Hampshire voters take their presidential primary responsibilities very seriously, and while Democratic party activists were clearly excited about Obama’s first visit to the state Sunday night for a sold-out rally and standing-room only book signing, some made it clear that he’ll have to keep coming back for more intimate chats if he wants their support.

Hillary is attempting to clear the field of Obama by outlining the case against him – before she resorts to her particular brand of negative politics – personal character assination . Has Obama not accepted the invitation by Begala and Carville to join the ticket or has the Al Gore experience decided the issue for him?

Obviously, Hillary must be worried about internal poll numbers otherwise this story (leak) would not have been floated.

But, will Obama have the COJONES to go for a race against the Clinton cabal?

Stay tuned…….

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