Wrapping It Up with the Boss

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will appear Sunday at a Cleveland rally, with Bruce Springsteen performing an acoustic set.

The event will be held at Lakeside Avenue Mall.

Springsteen performed for Obama in Ohio and Pennsylvania earlier this month, but the candidate did not attend.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Smits talks to the Politico’s Jeffrey Ressner about some of the parallels between his “West Wing” character Matt Santos and the Obama candidacy.

He says he first noticed it “right after Iowa. Santos has this scene with Brad’s character where he says, “I don’t want to just be the brown candidate; I want to be the American candidate.” Iowa was the validation that the heartland of America was ready for a change, and I know that word has been used a lot. But that’s when I got goose bumps and felt this could really happen. At other times, it was like watching a miniseries unfold. I kept asking, “Are you going to really do this? Do you really have your ‘A’ game?” I guess it all is kind of funny. And it is a little eerie. I think the bottom line is that the country had been vibing for some kind of change.”

Although “The West Wing” writers talked to Obama adviser David Axelrod in writing the Matt Santos character, Smits says he looked to Bill Richardson, Xavier Becerra and Antonio Villaraigosa for inspiration, as well as the Clintons.

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  1. Nyocean says:

    I couldn’t agree more…TV has prepped the US for what shouldn’t be labeled simply a “black” or “brown” President, but an “American” President, though all terms do apply and should be duly recognized–albeit in a good way.
    Too many people stereotype far too often. Maybe having Hillary, Obama, and Palin in the race have been the biggest “game-changer” of all. Then again, maybe the game has really just changed and people are finally able to give it the push it needs to be recognized.
    And on the other side of the coin, a lot of people don’t give credit to the heartland US. People not only want change, they want something they know we’re ready for (or should be by now, 2008). Count LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the few but increasing numbers of Latina/o (and other women and underrepresented racial/ethnic minority commmunities) public officials if you need proof! They all have something in common: they’re American.
    Besides, if you aren’t used to Jimmy Smits by now, go rent some Miami Vice from the 80’s…LA Law…NYPD Blue…whatever works for ya…

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