The 2008 U.S presidential race has been revolutionised by the number of celebrity endorsements that

Obama with Opra, one of his biggest celebrity endorsers

Obama with Opra, one of his biggest celebrity endorsers

democratic candidate Barack Obama has received during his presidential campaign.

Obama has taken the glitzy and glamorous world that is Hollywood and has transformed it into a political platform where he can extend his presidential campaign. By interacting with popular culture music icons such as will.i.am from the group ‘The Black Eye Peas’ and sultry screen goddesses such as Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry, Obama has reached younger and more impressionable voters.
Many celebrities have openly endorsed the current U.S Senator as their favorite presidential candidate. The top ten celebrity endorsers are:

1.) Oprah: Obama is the first candidate she has endorsed in her 25 year career. She’s campaigned for him, with him and threw a celebrity fund-raiser at her California home that collected an estimated $3 million.
2.) will.i.am: The Black Eye Peas’ singer wrote the songs “Yes We Can” and “We are the Ones” based on Sen. Obama’s speeches.
3.) The Kennedy Women: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg caused a frenzy penning “A President Like My Father” for the New York Times. Cousin Maria Shriver stumps for Obama despite her McCain-endorsing husband.
4.) Ben Affleck.
5.) George Clooney
6.) Scarlett Johansson
7.) Samuel L. Jackson
8.) Chris Rock
9.) Robert de Niro
10.)Jennifer Aniston


Conversations at the dinner table

I was invited to a dinner party not so long ago by a very good friend of mine. The evening began with guests engaging in small talk like any typical gathering does. I was unfamiliar with a few of the other guests and as the night progressed a conversational rhythm began to develop as we became more settled.

Italian born Lorenzo told tales of his travels around the world. He spoke of the cuisine of the countries he visited, the people and the culture. Ghanaian born Daniel also added to Lorenzo’s travel stories and spoke about his travels around Africa, Europe and the States. We latched on to their every word as they described in detail what they experienced outside of their cultures.

The conversations around the table gradually lead to issues relating to political situations in our respective countries. The countries that were represented at the table were South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Nigeria, Ghana and Italy. One of the Zimbabwean guests was taking the mickey out of the economic situation in her country as she explained what the value of a billion dollar note is when weighed up against the South Africa Rand.

I guess this is what lead to me writing about politics in my blog. Wow…my blog, I must mention that this is a first for me. We live in some interesting times politically and there are so many interesting events around the world and I have a thing or two to say about them.

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