As Hollywood celebrities queue up for presumptive Democrat nominee Barack Obama, one superstar is giving the Obama campaign some shivers.
It’s none other than Brad Pitt’s main squeeze—Angelina Jolie.
In a statement to Variety, Jolie indicated that she hasn’t made up her mind about whom she’s going to support.
Then came the scary part for Dems. She seems to be leaning McCain’s way.
“I have not decided on a candidate,” Jolie said. “I am waiting to see the commitments they will make on issues like international justice, refugees and how to address the needs of children in crisis around the world.”
It just so happens that Jolie is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her endorsement would certainly have some clout, as she is well known and respected for her humanitarian activities.
Sounding like a staffer from the McCain campaign, Jolie penned an op-ed in the Washington Post in which she made the case for staying in Iraq.
She wrote, “Today’s humanitarian crisis in Iraq — and the potential consequences for our national security — are great. Can the United States afford to gamble that 4 million or more poor and displaced people, in the heart of Middle East, won’t explode in violent desperation, sending the whole region into further disorder?”
“What we cannot afford, in my view, is to squander the progress that has been made,” Jolie added.
You may recall that not too long ago she and Pitt spoke out in favor of gun ownership.
Jolie’s father, Jon Voigt, has endorsed McCain, and he recently criticized Obama in an op-ed that was published in the Washington Times.
In a campaign season where Hollywood celebs are presumed to be in Barack’s camp, so far Jolie has refused to jump aboard the Obama train.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said, “I think people assume I’m a Democrat. But I’m registered Independent and I’m still undecided. So I’m looking at McCain as well as Obama.”
James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor, and teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University.
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