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George Clooney Welcomes Barack Obama's Presidential Bid

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Oct 25, 2006 | 11:17am EDT

George Clooney is throwing his weight behind Senator Barack Obama for a 2008 presidential run before the African-American politician has made his White House dreams official.

Obama hinted he was thinking about joining the race to replace President George W. Bush in a recent TV interview and just the mention of the fact has Hollywood buzzing.

Democrat Clooney has been one of the first to offer his public support, emailing the Los Angeles Times from Europe, ahead of Obama's book-signing appearance in California this Friday.

Clooney writes, "If Senator Obama became ‘Presidential Candidate Obama’ it would be the most electrifying thing to happen to the Democratic party since (President John F.) Kennedy."

When Harry Met Sally director Rob Reiner, a fellow Democrat, is also a big fan of Senator Obama, comparing his possible run for office to Abraham Lincoln's presidency.

He adds, "How poetic would it be that a one-term congressman from the state of Illinois could be elected President and free the slaves and now a one-term African-American Senator from that same state could become the next President?"

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