Magic For Clinton
With Oprah Winfrey on his side, Barack Obama definitely has the leg up on the female celebrity battle. But does Obama have any male supporter as universally liked as Magic Johnson? As the campaign announced today, the Hall of Fame Point guard will hold a fundraiser next month for Sen. Hillary Clinton on Sept. 14, six days after Winfrey will raise money for Obama.
Magic himself said that Clinton has "a unique understanding of the domestic and international issues and has the experience and knowledge to help lead our country and get us to a better place."
The five-time NBA championship winner added: "We need a winner as our next President of the United States-someone that can help realistically improve relations in the world, someone that will work to provide affordable and accessible healthcare and someone that is simply a strong leader. I know that's Hillary Clinton."
The senator had kind words for Johnson as well. "I am honored to have such Magical and fabulous support," she said.
In some ways, Winfrey and Johnson illustrate the intense courting of black voters going on within both campaigns, though Winfrey and Johnson do have wide appeal beyond the black community. As with many endorsements, their probably won't tip the scales definitively in the end. On the other hand, who has brought more attention to AIDS than Johnson or to "East of Eden" than Winfrey?
--Perry Bacon Jr.
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