Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Obama thinks maybe Lea Michele can convince you to vote for him. (Election 2012)
The Tennessean got its hands on a top-secret, "proprietary" (because even lower-level campaign hacks like buzzwords) list of people the Obama 2012 team thinks would be good endorsers. The list says a lot about... well, almost everything depending on how you interpret it.
While big names like Oprah Winfrey are getting all the publicity, the list (which is 7 pages long and captioned "Confirmed and Passed Surrogates") doesn't just focus on Hollywood types. It includes names like "Kaye Wilson," listed as "Sasha and Malia's Godmother." (Kaye is actually Eleanor Kaye Wilson, and she was profiled in the Chicago Tribune, which mentioned she got to greet foreign dignitaries as part of her duties taking care of the First Daughters.)
Also on the list? Vampire Weekend, the band that is too cool for you to listen to (but not too cool to get sued over unauthorized use of a cover model), Gloria Steinem (whose job is listed as "feminist," which isn't actually an occupation), Chris Pine (whose career includes playing a guy who threatened a cop with a gun but all was forgiven after he stopped that runaway train), Bebe Neuwirth (who I thought was dead), Bruce Hornsby, because fans of 80s-lite-rock are crucial to every re-election (but not The Range?) Maggie Gyllenhaal, and a listing for "Fergie Ferguson," Musician.
Fergie's real name, by the way, is Stacy Ann Ferguson. Just to clear that up, Obamans.
This one stuck out: Rob Dyrdek, "Professional Skateboarder/ Producer/Philant"; they left out "enterpreneur, producer, and reality TV star."
You can read the whole list and draw your own conclusions from it. My personal opinion? The list shows that some mid-level staffer on the Obama campaign has only a passing familiarity with pop culture.
Here's Vampire Weekend's best song, "Walcott."