(November 9, 2010 – Source: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images Europe)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) got a visit from a president today. Well, sort of.
Actor Martin Sheen, who played President Josiah Bartlet in the West Wing, campaigned with Brown in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday.
POLITICO reports that Brown’s communication’s director tweeted a photo of the two together at a Dayton food bank. The Huffington Post reports that Sheen and Brown also have a meet-and-greet planned for this afternoon.
Brown is facing Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) in the general election. Brown is facing an uphill battle in a fight for reelection due to outside, conservative groups that are spending millions of dollars in campaign ads to defeat him.
Actor Steve Guttenberg said president Obama needs to focus on the issues rather than hit up Hollywood and the talk show circuit. The Three Men and a Baby star said Americans are still suffering.
Guttenberg, out promoting his new memoir “The Guttenberg Bible,” told CreditCards.com he’d like to see the president work a little harder for the suffering Americans.
“I voted for Obama, I love Obama, but I don’t want to see Obama on ‘The View,’ I don’t want to see him playing Frisbee, I don’t want to know that it’s $40,000 a plate at George Clooney’s house, and I adore George Clooney,” Guttenberg said. “Hey man, I’ve got a friend of mine who’s got a $7 an hour job at Dunkin Donuts and he can’t get a $9 an hour job over at the country club because there are so many people in front of him. I believe that the president should be his desk all day. I don’t want to see him on vacation, I don’t want to see him at Martha’s Vineyard, I don’t want to see Mrs. Obama in Spain. No, no, I do not want to see that because everybody’s struggling.”
Actor Kevin Costner recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he’s still waiting to hear from the president after campaigning for him in the last election cycle.
“He is as loyal to his films as he is to some friends — and disappointed when that isn’t reciprocated. Often incorrectly identified as a Republican, he recalls being neglected by the man he helped run for president: ‘I voted for Obama and actually went off and stumped for him in Colorado. Then I never heard from him.'”
Entrepenuer and reality star Donald Trump not only ignited some fireworks on CNN today with host Wolf Blitzer, but he also set off actor Zach Braff.
In an interview with Blitzer, the billionaire questioned President Obama’s birth certificate. The remarks provoked a heated debate about the president’s birth place and Blitzer told Trump he was being “a little ridiculous.”
“Here’s the question,” Blitzer said. “Did the conspiracy start in 1961 where the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?”
“That’s right. And many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefits of being so-called born in this country,” Trump said. “Many people did it. It was something that was done by many people even though they weren’t born in the country. You know and so do I. And so do a lot of your viewers, although you don’t have many viewers, Wolf.”
After hearing the remarks, Braff went off on a tweeting rampage against Trump:
On Meet the Press’s “Press Pass” , actress Ashley Judd came out in full support for President Obama and said she was “fired up” again for his re-election, on Thursday.
“I think that he is a powerful leader, I think that he is a brilliant man I think that he has an incredible devotion to our Constitution, and that he is now able to flower more as the president I knew he could be,” Judd said.
Judd was a huge supporter for Obama’s 2008 campaign. However she said she was a bit discouraged throughout his first term. Like many in Hollywood, she was reenergized by the Obama coming out in support of same-sex marriage in early May.
“That moved me to tears,” she said.
Judd discussed the issues that were important to her, including the economy, environment and the government involvement in female reproductive practices. She said Romney’s views on these issues made her not want to support him.
In the last month, the Obama campaign has enlisted actors George Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as former president Bill Clinton to host fundraising dinners with the President.
The Clooney fundraiser raised around $15 million for the Obama campaign and the Parker fundraiser, on June 14, is also expected to bring in a large amount of money for the campaign.
Now the Romney campaign has enlisted entrepreneur and reality star Donald Trump to host a fundraiser for Mitt Romney.
The campaign has dubbed it: “Dine with the Donald” contest. Like the Clooney and Parker campaigns, the minimum donation is $3 for donators who would like to throw their name in the raffle to attend the dinner. The campaign site does not list when the event takes place, but does include some details:
• Airport transportation in the Trump vehicle.
• Stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York.
• Tour The Celebrity Apprentice Boardroom.
• Dine with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney.
Glee actress Jane Lynch has lent her voice to a new LGBT infomercial for the Obama campaign. The video highlights Obama’s record on LGBT rights.
The video comes two weeks after Obama came out in support for same-sex marriage.
“We’re going to continue to lean forward… We’re just going to keep on making sure that the rights of same-sex couples are expanded.” – President Barack Obama