Jon Hamm is many things: Suave. Studly. Irresistible with a saxophone. But he’s also politically active. And he wants you to be, too! That is, if you’re a resident of the state of Colorado and an Obama supporter. The Mad Men star just released a YouTube video calling for Colorado voters to hit the polls early in advance of the Nov. 6 presidential election. It animates the whole process step-by-step, just in case viewers have forgotten how real mail works. Check it out after the jump.
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I’m not a right-winger, but I blame it all on Bill Clinton!
Back in June 1992, when the Arkansas governor’s first serious presidential bid was still in doubt, he popped up on Arsenio Hall to toot “Heartbreak Hotel” on his saxophone. It was his campaign’s effort to “go right to the people,” and by all measures, it worked. To be fair, Clinton wasn’t the first candidate to make a guest appearance on the tube to connect with voters — John F. Kennedy visited Jack Paar in 1960 and Richard Nixon mangled a punchline on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in 1968 — but once Clinton showed up on in his shades and belted out an Elvis tune, the power of television took over. Not only did he seem so much younger than his competition — George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot — but he seemed like a guy you’d want to be pals with. READ FULL STORY
How did Girls creator Lena Dunham’s “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody, you want to do it with a great guy” vote-for-Obama ad go over with some conservatives? About as well as you’d expect:
Q: how often do guys get called "trashy"?
Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 26, 2012
It tickles me to no end that while my twitter feed was blowing up with conservative hate I was literally hanging out in a pile of bisexuals.
Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 26, 2012
If you missed the video when it was released Thursday, watch it below. READ FULL STORY
With the election a mere 12 days away, President Barack Obama’s media blitz continued today when he answered young voter questions on MTV.
In the half-hour special, MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway sat down with with the President in the Oval Office (one of three interviews Obama is conducting at the White House today) to ask questions submitted via Facebook. READ FULL STORY
This is sure to be a little less controversial than Lena Dunham’s ad.
Ne-Yo, along with Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, and Natasha Bedingfield have released a song/campaign video for President Obama. Like Will.i.am’s 2008 video “Yes We Can,” “Forward” features a chorus with a simple message mixed with verses that also contain Obama soundbites from various events.
Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Jimmy Kimmel and Michelle Obama get along famously — even if the comedian does resent the First Lady’s attempts to replace all corn dogs with cauliflower. Both know what it’s like to try to wrangle uncooperative kids; Obama has even perfected the method of disciplining Sasha and Malia without moving her lips, so that cameras don’t notice it. Both also enjoy Halloween, though Kimmel is convinced that Obama must “force vegetables down [the] throats” of those who visit the White House during its annual spooktacular.
But these pals don’t agree about one important topic: whether the pros of being First Lady outweigh the cons. While Kimmel knows what it’s like to be famous, he’d hate to be that famous — not to mention constantly surrounded by Secret Service. Obama, though, is all in, despite the position’s drawbacks. “When Barack talked about entering the politics … I was very hesitant,” she told Kimmel on his show last night. “Your life is no longer your own. How do you raise your kids? But then I thought about the kind of person that I would want to lead the country, and I felt that to deny him that right would be selfish.”
Check out Michelle’s full appearance — which also includes a few hints about what she wears when she’s trying to go incognito — below.
Lena Dunham may or may not be the voice of her generation (or a voice of a generation), but she definitely knows how to spin some high-wire deadpan humor. In an ad paid for by President Obama’s re-election campaign, the star and creator of HBO’s Girls begins her pitch with this eyebrow-raising line: “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy.”
The video quickly shifts into Dunham explaining her reasons for supporting Obama — health care, birth control, gay rights, women’s rights — and ends with a clear pitch to get the 18-to-29 set to the polls.
It’s a calculated risk: A wryly hip ad that will likely appeal to Dunham’s fans (whose enthusiasm for the democratic process may have waned since the gonzo excitement of the 2008 election), but could equally turn off older voters who like their celeb endorsements more straightforward — like, say, Clint Eastwood’s recent 30-second pitch for Mitt Romney.
Check it out below, and decide for yourself! READ FULL STORY
With the election only 12 days away, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are embarking on the final legs of their campaign tours. Both candidates have plans to appear in battleground states like Ohio and Florida, but they’ve also been paying their dues — Obama especially — to the entertainment beast with recent stints on The Tonight Show, The Late Night with David Letterman and Live! With Kelly and Michael. The latest is Rolling Stone, which, not surprisingly for the historically liberal publication, features a cover-story interview with the President. Conducted by presidential historian Douglas Brinkley — who is staunchly anti-Romney — the interview covers many of the campaign’s familiar talking points: women’s reproductive rights, the economy, Obamacare. But there are indeed some surprises, even for those of us who watched all three debates (or at least saw the highlights). Take a look after the jump at the 10 points that stood out the most.
President Barack Obama made his fifth appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. After a lighthearted chat about the MLB World Series and Air Force One, the conversation took a more serious turn over half-way in when discussing women’s health care rights.
Obama, who was fresh-faced despite traveling 5,300 miles in one day, addressed his underwhelming performance during the first presidential debate, crediting his low energy and poor presentation skills for the upset. He also made an effort to crack jokes throughout the night. When Jay compared the debate to his conversations with the First Lady, Obama pointed out a significant difference: “With Michelle, I just concede every point. That’s why we celebrated our 20th anniversary.” READ FULL STORY
The American Crossroads super PAC released a new anti-Obama campaign ad today starring Clint Eastwood. With no empty chair to support his argument, the actor abandons improvisation for a more conventional attack approach.
Eastwood narrates over shots of factories and Americans standing in unemployment lines, saying “23 million can’t find full-time work and we borrow $4 billion every single day.” He argues that President Barack Obama should be held “accountable” for not getting the job done and Mitt Romney should be elected in his place to “turn [the country] around fast.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the commercial is part of a $12.6 million ad campaign backed by Karl Rove’s political action committee that will run in the swing states of Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Virginia.
Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby costar Morgan Freeman recently narrated a campaign commercial with the opposite sentiment on behalf of Obama. Forget the presidential contenders, it’s a battle of the two most recognizable voices in Hollywood.
Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY
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