July 31, 2008

McCain Takes Aim At Obama's Star Power

Barack Obama just another Britney Spears or Paris Hilton?

Not John McCain's best shot, says the Democrat's camp after the Republican likened him to the two celebrities in a new commercial.

"On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking Sen. McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another," says Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor. "Or, as some might say, 'Oops! He did it again.'"

Counter's McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt: "It's beyond dispute that [Obama] has become the biggest celebrity in the world. But do the American people really want to elect the biggest celebrity in the world?"

In the ad, images of Spears, Hilton and Obama appear on the screen as a voiceover says, "He's the biggest celebrity in the world. But is he ready to lead?"

McCain's campaign manager says they chose to include Spears and Hilton in the ad because the women's names came up second and third in a search for the top three international celebrities in the world.

Spears' spokesman had no comment, while Hilton's rep could not be reached.

Source: PEOPLE

Obama's camp also had this to say: "Our dependence on foreign oil is one of the greatest challenges we face. In this election the American people have a real choice -- between Obama’s plan to provide tax rebates to American families while creating a renewable energy economy in America that frees us from our dependence on foreign oil, and Senator McCain’s plan to continue the same failed energy policies by handing out nearly $4 billion in tax breaks to oil companies while investing almost nothing in the new energy sources that represent our future."

My opinion: You only reach A-list celebrity status by being loved by millions of people around the world. When people care about you and what you think, want to hear about you and talk about you, and when people want to show their support for you and stand by you, you're a celebrity. And, if John McCain thinks that's a bad thing, maybe that's why he isn't one. I mean, you certainly don't see people shouting from the rooftops, "Country First," which is McCain's new slogan. But the world is rejoicing with "Yes We Can," and whether it can be heard from a packed arena, or from a street corner, it comes from the mouths of the people (or the "fans"). And, the people don't just decide who's a celebrity, they decide who's President too. OBAMA 08!

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