Obama Dazzles Hollywood

After announcing that he may run for president in 2008, Barack Obama makes his way to L.A. on Friday for a rally at USC for the gubernatorial campaign of Phil Angelides. Given that an Obama candidacy is the hottest thing to hit the ’08 prognistication in quite a while, Tina Daunt of the Los Angeles Times looks at his prospective industry support, from figures such as George Clooney and Rob Reiner. That latter is so jazzed about the idea that Obama would run that he compares it to Lincoln in 1860. “How poetic would it be that a one-term congressman from the state of Illinois could be elected president and free the slaves,” said Reiner, reached on his car phone Monday, “and now a one-term African American senator from that same state could become the next president?” The big question is whether Obama would be able to pull from Hillary Clinton’s Hollywood support, or if he would emerge as one of the many Hillary alternatives. The latest was former Virginia Senator Mark Warner, until he dropped out of the race. But he was very much a centrist, and his support doesn’t necessarily translate into Obama support. There’s also the reality that it is just very, very early, given that neither Clinton nor any other contender has officially declared. “It’s a long way to go,” says political and public affairs consultant Andy Spahn. “It’s so speculative at this point. The only thing to look at in ’07 is ‘OK, who has the money to put it together and be competitive.”

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