As you already know, Barack Obama has named Mamaroneck resident Timothy Geithner to be his treasury secretary. Our reporters Allan Drury and Christine Pizzuti rolled out to Mamaroneck yesterday to stalk reach out to his friends and neighbors.
(To the right is a pic of his house in Mamaroneck).
I’m getting word that current treasury secretary Henry Paulson actually swung by Mamaroneck to chit-chat with Geithner over the weekend. How did I miss this?!?!?!
Anywho, add Geithner to the list of Obama’s crew members that have Westchester ties. His chief of staff Rahm Emanuel attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville and one of Obama’s transition advisors Christopher Edley Jr. grew up in New Rochelle. Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton is very likely to become Secretary of State and Bedford resident Robert F. Kennedy Jr. could possibly become Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Also, the Huffington Post reports Howard Wolfson could become Hillary Clinton’s State Department spokesman if she gets the job. Wolfson grew up in Yonkers.
(Photo by Christine Pizzuti/The Journal News)
Still not sure whether to cast your vote for Obama or McCain this fall? Well, if you’re part of Upper Grandview actor Stephen Baldwin’s flock, the GOP supporter (who supported Mike Huckabee in the primaries) would like you to know he’s throwing all of his evangelical endorsement power behind John McCain.
But that’s not all. He’s also vowed, in an interview with Fox News, to move to Canada if Barack Obama is elected.
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Consider that reason No. 2,304 to vote for the Illinois Senator.
Of course, it’s worth noting that another Baldwin bro, Alec, made the same kind of bizarre threat back in 2000, vowing to head north if George W. Bush won the election. And unless “30 Rock” is filmed in Vancouver, I’m pretty sure he didn’t stick to his guns.
Also, Stephen crossed his fingers while making the pledge and joked “let the media have fun with that,” so he likely wasn’t serious. Still, the prospect of an ex-pat Stephen Baldwin in Canada does actually make a little more sense. I hear acting gigs are far easier to come by in Vancouver these days.
“Celebrities who threatened to move out of the U.S. when Bush got elected” [LA Times]
It’s already a well-known fact: George digs Barack. His support for Obama has been widely reported, everywhere from ABC to the Washington Post to TMZ. Even BarackObama.com seems to take pride in Clooney’s reference to Obama being “like a rock star.”
So why, then, hasn’t Clooney campaigned for the Illinois senator? If Oprah and Bruce Springsteen are happy to hit the campaign trail, why not Dr. Doug Ross?
That was one of the topics Clooney addressed Wednesday night in Pelham, during his talk with Peter Travers at the Picture House. In a nutshell, he thinks it helps Obama more by not publically endorsing him, by not making stump speeches. What’s more, this isn’t he first time Clooney has boycotted a campaign because he felt his image would do more harm than good.
Shockingly, he took the exact same tack with his own father’s campaign for Congress back in 2004. Nick Clooney ultimately lost anyway, but George said that public appearances by him would have only made matter worse. Clooney explains the dilemma in his own words — and discusses whether he’d ever run for office himself — after the break.
The Illinois senator made a surprise appearance last night on Letterman, appearing on the North Salem resident’s show via satellite to deliver the “Top 10 Interesting Facts About Barack Obama.”
10. My first act as President will be to stop the fighting between Lauren and Heidi on “The Hills.”
8. When I tell my kids to clean their room. I finish with, ‘I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message.
5. I have canceled all my appearances the day the “Sex and the City” movie opens.
Enjoy the rest after the break.
You’ve heard from Teddy Kennedy. And of course James Carville has weighed in. Come to think of it, I’m not sure there’s a single politician, celebrity, or pundit who hasn’t voiced their opinion on Hillary vs. Barack … except, that is, Northern Westchester resident DMX … until now.
The best part, though, is that when DMX was interviewed by XXL Magazine and the topic of the presidential race came up, the rapper was inexplicably, outstandingly oblivious.
Q: Are you following the presidential race?
A: Not at all.
Q: Youâ€™re not? You know thereâ€™s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then thereâ€™s Hillary Clinton.
A: His name is Barack?!
Q: Barack Obama, yeah.
A: What the f— is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?
More from this watershed interview, including the line referenced in this post’s title and plenty of dashed-out expletives, after the break.
South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell is usually conclusive with her opinions, so it’s a bit surprising on this Super Tuesday that she’s torn between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Her feelings on the two Democratic presidential candidates were published yesterday on the Web site of the Huffington Post:
It’s still early yet, but so far I find both candidates believable. They are different, with a different mix of talents to bring to the political table, but they both seem to have the passion, plans, drive, and intelligence I want in my next president.
Could a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket be our future? I hope so. I think America would benefit from the strengths of either individual, but if those strengths were combined, we might just have the Democratic powerhouse the country needs to turn itself around, and back into peace, prosperity and opportunity.
Clinton stayed in her hamlet of Chappaqua to cast her vote this morning.
(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
The Palisades native may not have made the cut for the star-studded Barack Obama music video, “Yes We Can” (which, if you haven’t seen it already, is well worth a viewing), but she did manage to crash a campaign rally Obama recently held at American University. Despite being discouraged by the police, she pressed on and, as is evident from this clip on CitizenSugar, wouldn’t give up until she got some face time with the candidate.
As we reported yesterday, Panettiere is an Obama fan, and apparently she even had a chance to ask him about his stance on whaling at the rally. According to Valleywag, “He told Hayden that he was in support for her cause because he was from Hawaii.”
In this inaugural post of 2008, I figured it would only be fitting to stay on the topic of Hillary Clinton (our No. 1 Person of the Year) and politics for a sec. After all, with the Iowa Caucuses a day away, that’s all anyone is talking about today.
Pretty much everything that can be said about the candidates has been said — except, that is, for an exhaustive rundown of celebrity endorsements. And no, I’m not talking about the Chuck Norrises, Barbara Streisands, and Oprahs of the world — we’re just looking at the who our beloved Lower Hudson Valley stars are campaigning for.
Our full report is after the break.
This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” opened with the setting of what viewers were told was the Clinton house in Chappaqua for a skit about Hillary Clinton hosting a Halloween party for fellow Democratic presidential candidates.
The skit featured the always-awesome Amy Poehler as Hillary and impressionist extraordinaire Darrell Hammond as Bill, and culminated with a Barack Obama impersonator removing his mask to reveal his true identity: Obama himself!
“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams did a really good job hosting, and one of his shining moments was captured in an SNL Digital Short about his work day. Halfway through the two-and-a-half minute clip, Williams opens the window in his 30 Rockefeller Plaza office and pelts former Westchester residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker with pennies; Lauer earned a penny in advance for his thoughts, literally cursing Williams off for the act. Hih. Lare.
Top-tier Democratic contender Barack Obama will be in Scarsdale tonight at a $1,000-a-head fundraiser at the home of attorney David Rivkin and his wife, Marilyn. It kicks off at 7:30, according to The Journal NewsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Glenn Blain, who got his hands on a copy of the invitation (yet, somehow didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get invited).
Blain notes itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the first time the candidate has come to WestchesterÃ¢â‚¬â€which is after all HillaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s home turf.
This is not a party youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to want to try to crash, however. As of yesterday Candidate Obama is officially under Secret Service protection. So those guys around town talking into teensy weensy walkie-talkies up their sleevesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re carrying heat.
(AP Photo/Stefano Paltera)
Judge Judy was on Larry King Live last night. The highlight of course was the two of them talking about Putnam and Judge Judy’s son, Adam Levy, who is running for the county’s D.A. seat.
<blockquote><div>Judy: My son is running for the district attorneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s position in Putnam County where he livesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Larry: Putnam County is north of theÃ¢â‚¬Â¦uhÃ¢â‚¬Â¦city?
Judy: North of Westchester, a little north of Westchester.
Larry: How old?
Judy: 38. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dynamic. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got a sense of justice that he learned I like to think living in a household [with me].
Larry: How many people in the race?
Judy: As far as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m concerned? One.
Larry: Are you going to campaign for him?
Larry: We wish him luck. His first name is?
Larry: Go get Ã¢â‚¬Ëœem Adam!</div></blockquote>
After the break, Judy and Larry on Hillary, Rudy, Britney, Paris, and of course Anna Nicole…oh, and Brooklyn!