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Barbra Streisand backs Obama

July 1, 2008

obama.jpgLikening Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama to a political “trailblazer,” singer Barbra Streisand has become the latest Hollywood celebrity to join the Obama campaign bandwagon, switching from her past support of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

“Barack has awakened in many of us the notion that we can again be hopeful, enabling us to believe that we are capable of lifting our brothers and sisters out of poverty, of providing quality education for all our children, of ending this unjust war in Iraq and bringing our troops home streisand.jpgsafely,” Streisand wrote on Tuesday in a posting on her Web site, http://www.barbrastreisand.com/.

“He’s reminded us ‘yes we can’…we can make the transition from fossil fuels to green energy; we can take care of our elderly and make sure that good healthcare is not just a perk for a few, but a right for every man, woman and child,” she said. ”We are experiencing not just a presidential campaign, but a movement; a movement of inspired young people who have been cynical about politics for too long.”hillary.jpg

Since narrowly defeating Clinton at the end of the U.S. primary elections in June, Obama, a Democrat from Illinois, has picked up numerous endorsements. Clinton, a U.S. Senator from New York, has appeared with him in a show of Democratic party unity. Last week, Obama held a fundraiser in Los Angeles that raised some $4 million to $5 million, and several Hollywood stars such as Dennis Quaid and Samuel L. Jackson were there.

Streisand, of course, is a major Hollywood celebrity and fundraiser for Democrats. Yet, celebrity endorsements have a mixed track record in helping candidates, the experts say. Republican candidate Sen. John McCain also has celebrity endorsements including from actors Sylvester Stallone and Robert Duvall.

Comments

Streisand backing Obama…I AM SHOCKED!!!

Posted by Jetsrule | Report as abusive
 

Have you seen this hypoopcrite Babs Pacific Ocean Mansion?
One hell of a carbon footprint left by this leftie.
“Some are more equal…”

Posted by BearManPig | Report as abusive
 

It’s quite apparent from the amount of traffic that this has generated that what Barbra Striesand has to say does matter to EVERY SINGLE ONE of you who continue to post.

Posted by G.B. | Report as abusive
 

You know, the democrats lied- and admitted to lying- when they said they would pull the troops out of Iraq if elected in 2006. They knew they were lying at the time they put that statement out. And after almost 2 years of having control, they have done nothing- least of which would be to pull the troops out of Iraq.

They’re saying the same thing again- they’re gonna get them out of there. Why in anyones right mind would a person believe that hype, now? They lied then and they’re lying now on the hope that some people didn’t get the memo that they were lying at the time. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

 

What an idiot! Hollywood is made up, for the most part, of people who cannot hold down real jobs. She is enttitled to her opinion, but as has been said before, “Who cares what she thinks!”

 

Good healthcare is not just for the few? Is she aware that most the country has good healthcare? Whats this few stuff? And healthcare for “all” doesn’t mean “good.” Please people, make sure to defeat socialism this year. Use your heads.

Posted by John | Report as abusive
 

WHO REALLY CARES WHAT BARBRA STREISAND THINKS??? SHE SAID HERSELF SHE CAN’T EVEN BOIL AND EGG…

ENUF ALREADY

 

Why are we supposed to care who the celebrities support? They are actors and actresses and that’s about it. Scary to think people may base who they vote for because of who a “celebrity” supports. I would like to think people have more going on in their lives and a little smarter than that!

Posted by Kim P | Report as abusive
 

Living in a very blue state, I’ve asked several unabashed Obama-lovers, “Why Obama?” I’m wondering if anyone can solve the mystery of this Obama craze. All I keep hearing are the same ‘buzz words/phrases’. “Hope” Umm, don’t we all? “Change” & “..good speaker..” Change WHAT? And I’m still waiting for him to actually SAY SOMETHING. “Future” Since when does marxism and socialism constitute a future? My future consists of WORKING HARD to fill my pockets with CHANGE, raising my family and HOPEfully not being taxed into oblivion. “Younger of the two…” So what? “1st black President.” This isn’t the freaking World Series here… The country isn’t going to embrace in one big collective cheer and yell, “Ahhh, finally, a black President!” Get real. I couldn’t care less what color he or any candidate is. I want to hear about experience and some actual plans of action, but I guess that’s asking too much. “Bush’s 3rd term…” Ahem, Carter’s 2nd term. Enough said.

The Oval Office is no place for affirmative action.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive
 

Ew. She’s so gross. But that aside, can any of you Obamassiah supporters list for me just one legislative accomplishment of his since being in office. JUST ONE! And giving rousing speeches does not constitute a legislative achievement… Hitler gave rousing speeches too. (This quality does not make a great leader.)

I’ll be standing by for the accomplishment data. Thanks.

Posted by EverybodyLovesReagan | Report as abusive
 

Barbra, we clearly have different tastes in men, but I still love you.

Posted by Battlecat | Report as abusive
 

Ms Streisand has never been accused of having any common sense. Only people lacking in common sense would support Obama!

Posted by Terry | Report as abusive
 

quote:
“Barack has awakened in many of us the notion that we can again be hopeful, enabling us to believe that we are capable of lifting our brothers and sisters out of poverty”
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Uumm, is this the same person who let their own mother live/die in a California poor house for years on end without lifting a finger to help her, in spite of her own ungodly wealth?
Thought so.

Posted by alan | Report as abusive
 

Well that settles it! Now I have no doubt who to vote for! If Barbara like Obama, I will vote John Mc Cain.

Posted by rank | Report as abusive
 

My God! Is she still alive? I feels like her grave opens up with every election. Why is it that people pay any heed to singers and actors? I honestly thought that she had left the country when GWB was elected.

Posted by Johannes Tromp | Report as abusive
 

I thought she promised to leave the country after Bush was elected. Whatever happened to that? Just proves she’s a typical democrat: all talk, no action.

Posted by EverybodyLovesReagan | Report as abusive
 

Chris,

I too have asked, and asked, and asked! Obama supporters have no valid reason for voting for him. NO ONE has been able to give me even 5 VALID accomplishments, he has achieved since become a Senator, that would qualify him to be considered Presidential material. I am like you, I do not care what color, race or religion a candidate is. I WANT TO KNOW HIS/HER QUALIFICATIONS.

Posted by rank | Report as abusive
 

I wish Mike Meyers played babs in real life.

Posted by Ha'vey | Report as abusive
 

Who is Barbara Streisand??

Posted by Hollywood | Report as abusive
 

Darlene,

Here is your chance! Please give me 5 valid accomplishments Obama has made, since becoming a Senator, that qualifies him as a Presidential candidate?
Being Black is not valid. The promises he makes are not valid. I want to hear someone that supports Obama come forth with 5 or more VALID accomplishments! I ahve asked many before, and NO ONE has answered.

Posted by rank | Report as abusive
 

What do you expect from a high school dropout?

Posted by Sam | Report as abusive
 

Guess I know who I won’t be voting for this year!!Anyone or anything Barbra supports I will be sure not to support. Oh yeah, please put your money where your ugly mouth is by moving to another country

Posted by Margaret Simmons | Report as abusive
 

Now I know Barack is even more of a danger to America than I thought, If this moron likes him-wow we’re in deep doggy poo.

Posted by Jimmy | Report as abusive
 

“Barack has awakened in many of us the notion that we can again be hopeful, enabling us to believe that we are capable of lifting our brothers and sisters out of poverty…”

What a laugh! When she says “we” she really means the federal government spending “our” tax dollars to keep welfare alive and kicking, while “she” hords her millions and lives behind security gates designed to keep out the very people that she feels so hopeful that “we” are now going to be capable of helping and that, apparently, she has been incapable of helping!!

I need a drink.

Posted by T.B. Baxter | Report as abusive
 

Who cares – since when is BABS an authority on anything – she and the Balwins still live here don’t they and suck up whatever they can out of this country nop matter who’s in charge ?

Posted by les faiman | Report as abusive
 

Well, any idiot has a right to their idiotic opinions…and Babs is certainly an idiot. Hey…I thought her and her loafer husband lived in Canada…!

Posted by T.Mock | Report as abusive
 

Old BS would be very surprised at what might happen if BO happened to be elected. First, whitey democrats will be on the outside looking in so BS will not be among the first tier friends of BO as she was with the clintons. The rich will be pitted against the dependent class so those like BS will be hated. The tax increases will hurt BS as much as the rest of us. BO supporters are not the ones that go to BS concerts so her entertainment appeal will go to zero. BS will be very angry in the long run.

Posted by The Pope | Report as abusive
 

oh my gosh….Barbara speaks–I definitely dont listen–she is so far from reality that she needs to just stay at home. These tree hugging liberal hollywood types need to just shut up and go away-they think anyone takes them, remotely seriously…?

NO, people think you are a joke with your views. I used to LOVE your singing–but since you decided to use your status to express your crazy political agenda-I wouldn’t listen to you sing if you were the last singer on earth.The same goes with oprah, dixie chicks etc etc–you became famous for your voice and now it has cut your throat because you abused it.

Posted by KKC | Report as abusive
 

Streisand has vowed to leave the country in previous elections and hasn’t lived up to her word. Does anyone remember the slogan “America: Love it or Leave it”? Go babs go!!

Posted by CR - Dallas | Report as abusive
 

Let’s “Hope” Barbara shuts up this time and doesn’t associate too closely to Obama She has a way of turning people off to candidates.

Posted by Clinton James | Report as abusive
 

That old bag would endorse Satan himself if he wore a Democrat Liberal tag. Does anyone care who she endorses?
Isn’t she as relevant as last week’s newspaper?
Even her voice is gone along with her senses.

Posted by JOEL GOODMAN | Report as abusive
 

and take that fat head A….Baldwin with you….oh, I, forgot, you’re still here?????????????????????

Posted by S. Cassidy | Report as abusive
 

Send in the clowns?…she’s already here…why didn’t she leave the country like she said she would? Look at he responses Barb. Can’t you take a hint…nobody wants you at the party!

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive
 

She is just a great singing libtard nutcase! Who really cares what she has to say…..its all crap anyways.

She should just move to another country. Obviously she doesnt like this one!

Posted by timtan | Report as abusive
 

Yes we can – do anything! However, it shouldn’t take a President to make us aware of this fact. America has shown the world in 230 years we are the leading pioneers and seeds of innovation. People who believe a presidential candidate is the way to hope, prosperity, or change, have forgotten that government is by the people, for the people – change and hope exists in each citizen. No matter how appealing this anti-American elitist is or how much he complains about how nasty America is – think about his (and your) life and compare it to those around the world.

Stop letting elites, who don’t contribute anything to America but flatus, tell you how miserable you are, how unhappy you should be or how you should live your life. Enjoy America and all the glory it affords.

Posted by Cognoscenti247 | Report as abusive
 

Barbara Streisand is, or was, a fantastic musician and comic. She earned a lot of money for her efforts, and she worked hard for it.
I absolutely fail to see how her opinion is more important than mine, and why the puerile, self-serving, brainless media has to promote her, or any “celebrity” above the rest of the people in this country. Is it laziness, stupidity, or an attempt to manipulate the culture?

Posted by Jubal | Report as abusive
 

WHY did you even post such a story?! Barbra Streisand thinks she is superior to the rest of the planet and THINKS we value her opinion. I couldn’t possibly care less what this ignorant woman thinks! I’m not voting for Obama anyway, but to have her endorsement is like being stung with a hundred scorpions.

 

WHO CARES

Posted by Tony F | Report as abusive
 

Hey Obama Supporters….

I have put forth this challenge many times, and have yet to receive an answer. Most recently I asked Darlene on this post, and again NO ANSWER. Well, here goes again…

Here is your chance! Please give me 5 valid accomplishments Obama has made, since becoming a Senator, that qualifies him as a Presidential candidate?
Being Black is not valid. The promises he makes are not valid. I want to hear someone that supports Obama come forth with 5 or more VALID accomplishments! I have asked many before, and NO ONE has answered.

Posted by rank | Report as abusive
 

Weren’t you one of the knuckle dragging, Paleo-liberals who promised to leave the U.S. if Bush was elected??? Why are you still here?

Posted by James X | Report as abusive
 

Could she not just stick to singing and acting?

Posted by Dianne | Report as abusive
 

I love RICH Democrats who tell us the Democrats will save us. No, they will bankrupt us, only Barbara will continue to have MILLIONS after the tax man cometh.

I remember Babs helping out in a soup kitchen once, she was serving soup to the homeless ( NY City) to show her compassion. Only thing is, she just lent her image to the event, not her $$$$ Millions$$$$, she just wanted to public to give your money.

The woman has no morals. During a recent concert, she stopped the music and started her DEMOCRAT rant, a paid patron stood up, told her to shut up and sing, they hadn’t paid for a political announcement, just singing. He was removed and throw out of the concert, no refund.

What a classy lady, do as I say, not as I do. Typical Democrat.

Posted by Yellow Dog | Report as abusive
 

I just followed her link in the story. There is no place to send comments, just order crap and hear her rants.

I’m sure 98% of any response she would receive would be negative.

Posted by Yellow Dog | Report as abusive
 

Idiot, fool, gullible. As far as “we” goes, I heard a lib caller on the radio the other day. Asked whether the government should bail out people who cannot pay their mortgages he replied, “yes, otherwise the taxpayers will have to…..” Duh!

 

Any we are supposed to be surprised by this ??? And where in the Constitution does it say that everyone has a right to healthcare ? How many sick people has she helped lately ? And lifting our poor brothers and sisters out of poverty ? Poverty and being “poor” is a state of mind – these people are broke and broke for a reason – they have not applied themselves at the level necessary to avoid being broker.

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive
 

Babs is still as nutty as ever. If she suggested that we never vote for a reptile for presedent I would vote for the reptile.

 

Sticking her nose in… oh heck never mind. If she reads this an breaths in we will al be out of air.

Posted by rank | Report as abusive
 

Who cares? Apparently every one of you who took the time to post on this issue. If it didn’t matter to you, you wouldn’t have clicked on the article AND spent the time posting a comment.

1) For the record an Elite is someone who is the most accomplished person in his or her field. We have an elite military and the most elite scientists in the world. To call Senator Obama elite is to acknowledge that he is one of the best our country has to offer.

He and his wife worked hard for everything they have. They sacrificed “hanging out”, partying and being slackers to go to the library and study. Even with all their student loans, they went on to law school and were brilliant. Unlike George W. Bush, whom barely got anything higher than C’s in school and had to have his parents bribe the addmissions committee just to get his butt in. Taking the place of another student who was better and brighter. Bush’s only jobs in life also were given to him by his parents. He managed to bankrupt every company he ever took over. Being born with a silver spoon in your mouth allows you to be a slacker your entire life and still become president of the United States- a job previously reserved for an elite person.

Just because he was smarter than the average person and managed to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time is a reason to respect him not insult him. Republican Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is also an Elite person, he is only 36 years old and is the youngest person ever to be elected governor. He was elected secretary of health at the age of 24. They are both smart people with great judgement. I don’t hear any bashing of Governor Jindal by the media or blogs for his youth or “in-experience”.

Senator McCain is also an elite person. He excelled in the military and has also been an excellent senator, making a name for himself.

2) The reason that you are poor and have no jobs is due to the 7 years of republican mismangement. Bush and the republican congress have taken all the surplus from the country and washed it down the drain with nothing to show for it. After running out of money, they got credit cards from China and other countries and have run up the tab like a drunken sailor. Leaving our gengeration and our children’s generation with the burden of paying off the bill (plus interest) China now owns 25% of the U.S.A. That’s how you pay for a war costing a billion/WEEK and cutting taxes for 1% of the population. As you can see, getting C’s and D’s in math made Bush believe 1+1=7.

3) Contrary to popular delusions, any economist will tell you that you can’t live the rest of your life on credit cards, sooner or later your house, cars, and everything you own will be taken to pay off your debt, e.g. the united states of China.

A government is set up to collect taxes from the people and pay for their needs: fixing roads, paying for a military, paying employees, public transportation, police officers, public education etc.

If a government decides that the lowest paid workers in the country should pay 100% of taxes and the wealthiest 1% left alone, it not only gets bankrupted it becomes Russia after the soviet union fell apart with no jobs or food.

Trickle-down economics has been shown to be a failure both during the 80′s and during Bush’s 7-years. The income of CEO’s countinues to grow in leaps, while the income of their workers moves rapidly in the opposite direction. How many of you have been fired and paid millions of dollars as a parting gift?
Every time a CEO is fired, thousands of workers have to be laid off to pay for the ex-CEO’s parting “gift”. Lack of regulations in the businness world by republicans have lead up to crazy costs in gas, the housing crisis, poor control in the FDA, and many, many other important parts of the American infrusture.

4) The dollar is falling like crazy, cost of food, transportation, clothing is out of country.
Are American’s better off today than they were 10 years ago (prior to Republican control)? No.

5) Freedom, justice, freedom of the press and the American way, has suffered greatly under Republican rule.
Republicans USED to stand for small government, personal privacy, and self determination.
Our government has grown larger under Bush than any past Democratic leader, the republicans want to intrude on every aspect of people’s private lives, from spying in your bedroom to your bank account to our doctor’s office.
They have shown poor judgement in hiring ELITE people, and settling for buddies who are incompetent and can’t even program a microwave.

5) Moral Republicans is like saying saintly prostitues. What part of cheating the elderly, the poor, and workers out of their funds is moral. Greed is not a virtue. Pro-family? In the primaries, only 1 republican was divorce-free, the rest were on their 2nd, 3rd or 4th wives. For some of us who are catholic that says it all.
Even McCain, left his wife during her time of suffering from cancer to hang out with Cindy (but to be fair, McCain has never jumped on the morality train or pretended to be what he isn’t).

How do republicans claim to be pro-life but fight for the right to let our soliders die daily in Iraq, fight to kill people in jail, allow children to die from malnutrion, or remain unadopted. I guess they are “pro-life” until you go from a fetus to a completely birthed human being, thus Pro-fetus but not pro-live born.

6) You want to know what Senator Obama stands for and his policies? Take the wax out of your ears and listen to an entire speech instead of a sound bite. Watched any of the 17 debates during the primaries? Read a newspaper, policy websites, or his website and you will get over 20 pages of specific policy plans and details.
Furthermore, he has published TWO books on every detail of his personal life and his policies. From those sources, you would have learned what his comments on the supreme court ruling meant: that he is against the death penalty except when it comes to crimes against children-including rape. But also respects the ruling of the judicial branch of government.

Whenever, I hear someone say that they don’t know any thing about Senator Obama, I assume that they are either blind, deaf, or just illiterate.

Posted by stampede | Report as abusive
 

This one’s for you “rank” – you asked for it:

No Democrat, including Senator Hillary Clinton has been able to do one hell of a lot that meets the accomplishment benchmark of “passed legislation” in a time of unending, record-setting Republican obstructionism.

Obama has been in the Senate for three years, two of which were spent with a Republican majority that would not even let legislation sponsored by Democrats reach the floor for a vote and, on the few occasions where Bill Frist granted such a luxury, Republicans shot down most Democratic initiatives with extreme prejudice.

In the current (110th) Congress, the Republican minority has blocked everything but the Senate chaplain’s morning prayer and is on pace by a wide margin to filibuster more legislation than any Senate in U.S. history.

And there’s the answer that the Texas state senator should have given on Tuesday night in response to Matthews’ badgering. He should have been able to list just a few of Obama’s legislative efforts but, far more importantly, he should have been in tune enough with the national legislative scene to say “Chris, have you been watching the U.S. Senate the last few years?”

He could then have gone on to discuss how Republicans have had a significant Senate majority for most of this young century and, during the brief periods Democrats have held a razor-thin edge, the GOP has made damn sure that the Democratic side of the aisle has no “legislative accomplishments” to hang their hats on in election years.

There you go, “rank”.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Okay “rank” here’s where I ask you to do the same thing.

If you think Obama should have 5 accomplishments that qualify him for President in his 4 years in the Senate, then please give me 27 accomplishments of McCain’s that qualify him for President – after all, he’s been in Congress for 26 years now.

And, no, being associated with the Keating 5 does not count as one of the 27.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

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