“Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve.”
Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, “Giant Puppet Show”
(Poor Maureen, if only you could have seen the future, those words would never have escaped your pen.)
What do you get when you cross two of the biggest celebrities in the world? I know, you’re thinking “Apple” right? But, no, that’s not it.
You get this “that figures” moment:
“… Democratic Party insiders have revealed that [George] Clooney and Obama regularly send texts and emails to each other and speak by phone at least twice a week.
One said last night: ‘They are extremely close. A number of members of the Hollywood community, including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, offered to help raise funds for Barack but it was with George that he struck up this amazing affinity.
‘George has been giving him advice on things such as presentation, public speaking and body language and he also emails him constantly about policy, especially the Middle East.
‘George is pushing him to be more “balanced” on issues such as US relations with Israel.
‘George is pro-Palestinian. And he is also urging Barack to withdraw unconditionally from Iraq if he wins.
Talk about confessions of a dangerous mind. Senator Obama getting foreign policy advice from George Clooney manages to be simultaneously sensational and run-of-the-mill. Two of Obama’s biggest negatives are the extent to which he is coasting on his celebrity status, and the alarming and sordid connections with anti-Israel propaganda and activists. So the Senator has managed to combine those two negatives in what is, well, a “perfect storm” of bad judgement.
As Ed Morrisey notes, Senator Obama already has over 300 foreign policy advisors. You have to wonder, though, how many are texting him about both Israel and how to properly smirk when calling someone “sweetie.” Clooney has tried to keep this low-key (as, presumably, has Senator Obama); Clooney’s next fundraiser will be in Switzerland. He’s said before that he would keep his distance from Obama if that would help him the most. Clooney, though, is a perfect fit for the Obama fave five list: He’s a narcissistic celebrity who is pro-Palestine, anti-America, big on propaganda, and short on substance. He’s tailor-made for that speed-dial.
Sample: Israel S d suk, big O. BKOL 2 palestine. Also, no nukes. RU ritN dis dwn? Pass on 2 Scarlett n RevJW. nvr 4gt, yrt1 Iv bn w8N 4. ys We cn!
That Senator Obama is in a frequent textual relationship with someone who the campaign would rather not lay claim to is about par. It’s one more in a long series of relationships that he has either tried to hide or tried to abandon over the course of the campaign. Although, I think emailing Scarlett Johansson showed remarkably better judgement. But then, he blew that too.
Senator Obama’s judgement is worse than Joel Shumacher’s. From his long list of unsavory associates to his worthless statements on the war in Georgia; from his airborne throne room to his fake Presidential seal, he is a picture of bad decision-making. Zeroing in on the one celebrity who hits on and emphasizes all of his own worst characteristics is just one more breath-taking example.
Now I’d like to leave you with George Clooney’s thoughts on Paris Hilton. Why? Duh, he’s like, this huge celebrity!
“If I were as famous as some of those kids who are on the magazines right now at 21 years old, I’d be shooting crack under my eyeball.”
Words of wisdom, George. Words of wisdom. Txt me!