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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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At Whit's End: Celebs get their wish in election

By Whitney Schulte

November 11, 2008 | We all know that being a Republican in Hollywood is the kiss of death for a celebrity. What we didn't know, was how many celebs would come out and endorse Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

It all kicked off earlier this year, when Scarlett Johansson jokingly answered a reporter's inquiry of an engagement to Ryan Reynolds by saying, "My heart belongs to Barack, and that is who I am currently, finally, engaged to. Yes."

Johansson later said, "I've always maintained a strong faith in the power of Obama's positive campaign and am so proud of every citizen who took a stand, participated in the political process and insisted their voices be heard."

Obama has also jokingly been referred to as an F.O.O. That's Friend of Oprah for those of you not in the know. After Obama was voted into office last Tuesday, Oprah said, "It feels like hope won. It feels like it's not just victory for Barack Obama. It feels like America did the right thing."

A statement from George Clooney Wednesday morning said, "I congratulate President-elect Obama on his historic victory, and now it's time to begin unifying the country so we can take on the extraordinary challenges that this generation faces."

Another big Obama supporter, Madonna, celebrated his victory at her concert in San Diego. The material girl clapped and declared the evening to be historical.

Other celebrities, such as Courtney Cox, held victory parties on the night of the election. In attendance were Jennifer Aniston, John Mayer and Sacha Baron Cohen.

A celebrity who has one of the best reasons yet to vote Democratic, Pete Wentz, spoke out about what convinced him to go public with his views this election year. His parents met working on a prior campaign for Democratic vice presidential nominee, Joe Biden. Wentz said, "They met on the campaign so they have this particular affection for Joe. He came to their wedding. If it weren't for Joe Biden, I would not exist as a human being."

And even more celebrities profess their Obama affection via blogging. Kanye West wrote, "HI MOM, OBAMA WON!" The blog-happy Lindsay Lohan (who knew she was even politically aware?) wrote, "OBAMA IS OUR PRESIDENT!" She also stated that everyone who voted should be proud for voting in the first place.

Most surprising is View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck saying she will support Obama. "I will jump in that line and support our president because that is what as an American I believe we should do," she said.

Well, it sounds to me like most of Hollywood has jumped on the Obama bandwagon, like it or not!


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