Robert De Niro speaks on Obama

Robert De Niro recently gave his opinions on Barack Obama in front of a crowd at the Izod Center in New Jersey:

“Lemme just speak to you young people here,” he continued. “The rest of you can listen –it’s okay. I’ve been concerned that so many of you aren’t voting…. No one inspired you. You wanted to vote, you just didn’t have anyone you wanted to vote for. You know what? I felt the same. Until now.”

Read the full article @ The New York Observer

Supporters of Obama

We’ve been seeing a lot of people publicly backing Barack Obama. Just wanted to mention a few.

California First Lady, Maria Shriver:

“If Barack Obama was a state he’d be California,” Shriver said, drawing roars from the crowd. “I mean think about it: diverse, open, smart, independent, oppose tradition, innovative, inspiring, dreamer, leader.”

Read the full article @ LA Times

Oprah Winfrey:

Ms. Winfrey, who for years has been a close friend to Mr. Obama, reaffirmed her support for his presidential candidacy during an interview Tuesday evening on CNN’s Larry King Live. It is the first time that Ms. Winfrey has endorsed – not to mention thrown her brand behind – a political candidate.

“What made you do so now?” Mr. King asked.

“Because I know him personally,” Ms. Winfrey replied. “I think that what he stands for, what he has proven that he can stand for, what he has shown was worth me going out on a limb for – and I haven’t done it in the past because I haven’t felt that anybody, I didn’t know anybody well enough to be able to say, I believe in this person.”

Read the full article @ NY Times

Jesse James:

Jackson has a long history with one of Obama’s chief rivals, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband former President Clinton. He counseled the two when the president’s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky became public.

But Jackson said his history with the Clintons doesn’t complicate his decision to back his home state senator, calling Obama Illinois’ “favorite son.”

Read the full article @ CBS News

Ethel Skakel Kennedy:

Today, we crave a leader with vision who can help us regain our lost humanity and rekindle our inherent generosity. With courage, caring and charisma, Senator Obama is leading us toward a kinder, gentler world.

Read the full article @ The Huffington Post

Rachael Ray wax figure at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

On February 21st, Rachael Ray unveiled a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds New York. As you can see in the picture below, the wax figure is wearing a red dress and holding a coffee cup, standing in a replica of the kitchen from her daytime show.

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Picture credit: More photos of Rachael Ray and "Rachael Ray" are available at into GOSSIP.

Obama from 2002: “I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.”

An excerpt from Barack Obama’s October 2002 speech in Chicago at an anti Iraq war rally:

“I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.”

It’s a very interesting read. Rather than just criticizing, Barack Obama does offer his thoughts on how we can fight the war against terrorism:

“You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings.”

You can read the full speech from Wikisource.

Martha Stewart talks about Rachael Ray

Q Your syndicated TV show is popular on KARE-TV, but ratings for “The Rachael Ray Show” are slightly higher. Do you consider her your rival?

A I don’t even know Rachael Ray other than having seen her on television. Their program is very different from mine … she’s much more a cook and comfortable in the kitchen. My expertise is the home.

Q But you told shock jock Howard Stern you could out-craft and out-cook Ray. If you had a face-off, which craft would you do and which dish would you cook?

A I’m much older than Rachael Ray. I’m much more experienced. I’m much more knowledgeable. I don’t think I would lose a contest.

Q But just for fun, what’s one of your specialties you would challenge her to make?

A A five-tiered wedding cake. Decorated beautifully with basket weave and marzipan fruits.

The rest of the interview is about Martha Stewart’s future plans and ventures, which include doing interior design for homes and making appearances in movies.

Obama officially running in 2008

In Springfield, Illinois, Democrat Brack Obama officially announced his candidacy for the Presidential election of 2008.

“We can build a more hopeful America,” Obama said in remarks prepared for delivery. “And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.”

New website

Also, his official website has been updated and now includes my.barackobama.com which you can use to create a profile, find supporters near you, plan/attend events, network with friends, become a fundraiser and write blog posts.

Senator Obama’s announcement preview video

In this video (posted to YouTube on Feb 9th, 2007), Barack Obama delivers a preview to his Feb 10th announcement and explains a bit about the new features of his website, BarackObama.com and what you can do with it.

“I am absolutely convinced that we can do a different kind of campaign. One that opens up the process and empowers everyday voters all across the country.”

Fox reporters no longer welcome on Obama campaign

Sources tell The Sleuth that the Obama camp has “frozen out” Fox News reporters and producers in the wake of the network’s major screw-up in running with the erroneous Obama-the-jihadist story reported by Insight magazine.

The situation will most likely not be permanent because if a candidate wants to reach audiences in the red and purple states, they’ll need a network like Fox. But since the false report on Fox News, Obama has given interviews to nearly every network except Fox.