Friday, February 22, 2008

Star F**ked

File Under: Hollywood Politics

Somehow, I think America's obsession with celebrity has influenced our political scene, namely the Democratic primary race for President. In one corner we have Hillary Clinton, a seasoned Senator, and Barack Obama, a first-time Senator. Barack talks a good game, he's charismatic and has a nice smile. He speaks of change and new ideas and the need for taking America in a new direction. Hilary talks about having the experience to get behind the desk on day 1 and begin to right the wrongs of the previous administration. She too has ideas but she also has the history to backup those ideas. Unfortunately many people are missing what she has to say because they've been blinded by Barack.

We put too much focus on celebrities. We have Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan under a microscope, watching every move. We relish the 'big story.' Celebrities are built up and expected to perform, and by perform I mean embarrass themselves, only so it can be caught on tape and reported by media outlets. I hate to think that Barack is another story made for Hollywood. Do I think he'll fail miserably as President? Probably not, it's doubtful that anybody could be worse than our current President. If he winds up being our leader, I hope he surrounds himself with top-notch advisers who will steer him in the right direction.

Have I given up on Hillary? No. I think she can do it. I wish more people felt the same way. It's time to turn off the Hollywood spotlights and focus on the issues and the experience. And it's time for Oprah, to just go away.

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