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CHICAGO--As the announcement of Oprah Winfrey stumping for White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) continues to dominate political chatter, the campaign of chief rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) rolled out Tuesday the endorsement of megastar Barbra Streisand.

Streisand is being used to reclaim the political news cycle---there's been a lot of pondering going on in print and cable over the value of celebrity endorsements in general and Winfrey in particular.

The announcement did not say if Streisand, a longtime Democratic activist who has been close to Bill and Hill for years--would go on the stump for Clinton. Unlike Winfrey, a beloved figure who until now has stayed away from politics in order to not devalue her brand, Streisand is the star Repubublicans love to brand as a left-winger.

LINK to my column on 2006 Streisand concert.

from Clinton campaign.....

Barbra Streisand Endorses Hillary Clinton

Legendary filmmaker, artist, and Democratic activist, Barbra Streisand, today endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Streisand cited Clinton’s ability to bring about change and the historic nature of her campaign as reasons why she is supporting Hillary’s candidacy.

"Madame President of the United’s an extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman’s potential has no limitations," said Streisand. "Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success. She is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time.

"Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal health care and rebuilding a strong economy. After 8 long years, the public will once again have faith in their government.

"Another former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, ‘In government, in business, and in the professions there may be a day when women will be looked upon as persons. We are, however, far from that day as yet.’ More than 50 years later 'that day' is now upon us…and Hillary Clinton is ready to shatter through that glass ceiling for all women."

Streisand has been working on behalf of Democratic candidates for over forty years, performing at fundraisers and participating in campaign events. In addition, the Streisand Foundation has raised millions for causes including the environment, women’s equality as well as human and civil rights and liberties.

"I’m honored to have Barbra’s support," said Clinton. "Barbra has used her immense talent to be an advocate for truth, justice, and fairness and I deeply appreciate her confidence in my candidacy as we work together to change the direction of our nation."

Barbra Streisand is a singer, theatre and film actress, composer, film producer and director. She has won Oscars for Best Actress and Best Original Song as well as multiple Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards. She is considered one of the most commercially and critically successful female entertainers in modern history.



Oh sweet Jesus... will it never end? Why don't we just have Babs and Oprah run against each other? I am physically nauseous from all this crap. Nobody gives a damn about the issues or they'd be ignoring these star-f------g celebrity candidates and start to pay attention to the people who could really lead this country in the manner that we need now like Joe Biden. Sadly, I'm afraid we get the leaders we deserve. I want my country back.

I think Hilary needs the Streisand endorsement like a hole in the head! She has the same attribute of Hilary -- a lot of people simply do not like her.

Babs, we luv ya... But this surprises nor excites anyone.

Neither Obama nor Clinton has a single payer health policy. Nether is calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq or Afghanistan. Neither is condemning the idea of going to war with Iran.

This is very disappointing to hear. I remember when Barbra Streisand used to be more progressive in her politics. Now she resembles a cookie-cutter in her safe support of Hilary Clinton.

If the issue of having a woman be our next commander-in-chief is her rationale, then I'm assuming an African-American is not up there on the priority list?

Does Hillary know that Streisand has given Obama, Clinton, and Edwards each $2,300? Doesn't seem like that loyal of a supporter.

boy the Clinton haters are hating on this one...... I love it!!!

Obama is a empty suit, a false promise, one more great speech with no substance. Yes, Babs has given to all - and as a true Democrat she has decided what is best and that is Hillary.

Streisand has been a back of the Clintons from the start, so this really isn't "news." But I think Lynn Sweet got it right that the Clintons were trying to reclaim the news cycle by sending out a press release with this non-news... its just too bad the Sun-Times fell for the trick! Doh!

Streisand? The kiss of death! Nobody likes a mean ass diva.

wasn't ms. streisand one of the "jane does" of mr's clinton's escapades? wasn't there some bad blood between hill and babs because of white house sleep over when hill was away?
i love it...the healing thing. it's good for the republic.
speaking of healing, how's stedman coming along?

What a choice: the fat talk show host vs. the ugly singer

seriously can you even compare the power of barbara to the power of oprah? People like barbara's singing and acting, people love oprah's personality and ideas! no competition. either way who care? i can't believe this is the top headline on the huffington post! must be a slow news day!!

Oprah was no surprise. She's the Queen of Givaway's. Oprah stimulates the greed and consumerism in giving everything from clock radios, towels, cars to a bunch of hysterically howling and squealing women. After that Oprah's other schtick is to the Altar of Celebrity Worship as she flacks every "name" she can find. More squealing,screaming, and howling.

I doubt very much if Barbra will campaign. However when Oprah first endorsed Obama on her show she claimed that while she supported him, she would never actively campaign.

So much for Queen Oprah who hopes to mesmerize the women with her prize giveaway.....Obama. Or, are we being asked to vote for Oprah for President sub rosa?

Seriously! Who cares! The fact that the Clinton camp feels this is noteworthy speaks volumes in itself. What the heck does Barbara know that any of us don't and really why should we listen to her opinion. I didn't know she was an expert on politics or anything else in the world other than music and I would even question that. Give me a break!

Ohmygosh, here we go again! So right after Winfrey announced the mega fundraiser at her home in California for Obama the Clintons sweated for THEIR immediate turn in the spotlight and came up with Magic Johnson. I was wondering how long it would take them to dig up someone after all this Oprah news stumping for Obama, and I am surprised it took a little more than 24 hours. Streisand sang at Bill Clintons inaugural and has been with them since, but the thing more than that is why in the heck does Clinton have to do this all the time? It is downright nauseating. And then to see these headlines, first it was "Bill Clinton vs. Oprah Winfrey", now it's "Babs vs. Oprah". I think all this 'versus' garbage I'm going to puke, Clinton always trying to top Obama, and to think that people are actually considering voting for this Clinton person, that they are thinking of making her president of the United States? Oyvey!

The big news in this article is that Barbra Streisand is still alive.

I have always loved Barbara Streisand, but she is not Oprah. Babs has regularly participated in the election process - Oprah has been busy earning the respect and trust of her fans. Babs to Oprah is like Sharpton to Obama. There is sadly no comparison.

Now if we can just get Carrot Top to endorse Rudy....

I know Hillary Clinton can lead this country back into greatness. This is a time for a proven leader, someone who knows the ins and outs, we're in trouble here people !!! Wake up !! Do you really want someone who doens't know what they are doing to lead us? We've had 6+ years of that !!

The point is to make people sick! Rolling out the Babs endorsement makes people devalue Oprah's opinion. Truth told, Oprah's opinion should be just like any other American's opinion, her own. Obviously, people shouldn't choose a candidate based on these things and rolling out an alternative reduces the influence that would have. If they did not roll out Babs, people would focus on some of the good things that she does an attribute those qualities to her decision. The current scenario will likely lead to attributions based on her being a celebrity - i.e., "Oprah is a celebrity, like Babs, and celebrities endorse." Rather than, "Oprah is a philanthropist and that is what generous people do."

Also obviously, the Clinton people know that this only works with a weak candidate such as Obama. Clinton is so thoroughly vetted that these decision-making associations will pale in comparison to what people already think of her good or bad.

I for one think that Obama is foolish for bringing Oprah to the campaign trail. For one thing, she has gotten a lot of bad press that will undoubtedly be brought up such as her book club's "A Million Little Pieces" fiasco and her poor management of her South African school, something many black Americans felt should have been somewhere needy in the U.S. like Detroit. However, the worst part of it is that it calls attention to Obama's race, something that will alienate voters.

Babs we love ya! Stick to the singing babe. Oprah would never campaign for Hill & Bill cause they are not of african decent. Oprah should be helping her fellow women regardless of color.

Who cares? Get a life.


Now if she can only snag Cher's and Madonna's endorsements, Hillary will really have the gay vote locked up.

And once again, here is Plutocracy at its best - endorsements from 2 rich women. Wouldn't it be at least refreshing if our gold-digging candidates actually wanted American citizens from all walks of life to endorse their candidacy. They know, as we all should know, that the rich will always govern because they know that most Americans are moronic sheep who can easily be influenced by entertainers.

Knowing how much celebrity endorsements mean to my political decision-making, would love to see a column on who is endorsing who--or is it whom is endorsing whom--whatever!

Now if I can just find out who Daffy Duck and Porky Pig are endorsing, I may be able to decide who to vote for! Gee, ain't Hollywood special? Hee Haw!

Maybe Hillary(ious) could get the other women who've "done Bill" to join Babs for some special kind of endorsement? Maybe not the ones he raped and Hillary threatened into silence, but the ones who enjoyed it.

I'd take Oprah over Streisand, any day.

Besides, Oprah can sew it up by giving a car to every prospective voter.


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