Has Barack Obama dissed one of his most famous Hollywood supporters?
Entertainment blogs were burning up Friday after the Democratic presidential nominee apparently turned down Lindsay Lohan’s offer to campaign for him. That prompted Lohan’s oft-estranged father to vent his outrage on Fox News’ entertainment blog.
"For Barack Obama to condemn my daughter for past indiscretions when he admitted to the exact same himself is indicative of what kind of president he would be," Michael Lohan told the Pop Tarts blog via email. He then went on to say Obama was missing his chance to work with the "next Angelina Jolie."
Lindsay has been making the rounds this week at several high profile Hollywood galas for the Democrats, but has refrained from discussing the dissing.
"His visions of a positive future for this country should be representative of a positive future for people as well. It is looking beyond the difficult times and letting go of the past," the senior Lohan continued.
"Obviously, Obama can do this for himself and not others, when in fact a good president should have hope for all."
As the story gained steam on entertainment blogs, McCain's top spokesman even weighed in.
"So let me get this straight -- they turned away Lindsay Lohan, but Barack Obama has friends like unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers and convicted felon Tony Rezko?" said Tucker Bounds to TMZ.com. "Maybe LiLo is just too upstanding for Barack Obama."
Obama's spokespeople wasted no time in firing back.
"Glad to see they're focused on the important issues over in McCain HQ," said Tommy Vietor, an Obama operative.
Lohan, whose film career has been on the skids since very public bouts with substance abuse, was apparently turned away by Obama advisors who feared her reputation could mar the candidate’s image in the final weeks of the election.
It’s the second young starlet Obama has distanced himself from: earlier this year, he publicly differed with actress Scarlett Johansson, who claimed he had a fervent email relationship with him.
Obama's campaign told her — politely, according to Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker — that her public image is not something they would like associated with the Illinois senator. Lohan "is not exactly the kind of high-profile star who would be positive for us," an Obama advisor said.
The dismissal of Lohan crosses three crucial demographics for the presidential contender: Hollywood liberals, gays, and the youth vote. Lohan, who is currently in a high-profile lesbian relationship with a popular DJ, has been vocal about her dislike of Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee. She wrote a lengthy diatribe on her MySpace page blasting the Alaskan governor over gay rights.
"I really cannot bite my tongue anymore when it comes to Sarah Palin," the 22-year-old actress wrote."Is our country so divided that the Republicans best hope is a narrow minded, media obsessed homophobe?" She was responding to reports that Palin's church was promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals.
No word yet on Lindsay's position on the financial rescue package.
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