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Danson to Hit the Road for Clinton Again

The Clintons, plus Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, at a Martha's Vineyard fundraiser last August. (AP).

By Juliet Eilperin
During a speech Thursday at the National Press Club, actor Ted Danson finally admitted why he and his wife, Mary Steenburgen, are working so hard to elect Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) president: They're running low on those cool Camp David mugs.

Okay, that's a little bit of an exaggeration -- but not much. When asked about the prospect of Clinton taking office next year, Danson told the audience, "You know, it's the mugs from Camp David that I really want. We've been breaking them, and I miss them."

Danson, who became famous by playing Sam Malone on the sitcom "Cheers," also gave a candid assessment of what it's like to spend a night in the Lincoln Bedroom, where he and Steenburgen stayed in the Clinton administration: "It's like sleeping in a gymnasium." (Still, he called it "a real honor.")

Danson and Steenburgen -- who grew up with Bill Clinton in Arkansas -- have campaigned on Hillary Clinton's behalf in Iowa and San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard. With Clinton still locked in a tight primary battle with Sen. Barack Obama, the Hollywood couple plan to hit the trail again in Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the weeks to come.

"I take my hat off to Senator Clinton, to being the first woman in this situation, because there's a double standard. I throw my shoe at the TV a lot," Danson said, explaining he becomes enraged when pundits describe her as being aggressive when they would never characterize a male candidate that way for attacking his opponent. "Luckily, it doesn't seem to faze her a bit."

And Danson offered his own prediction on the role the former president would play if his wife won the presidency: philanthropist in chief. "He's the busiest person on the planet doing public service, so I can't imagine him giving any of that up," he said.

Danson -- who sits on the board of the environmental group Oceana -- spent most of his speech discussing oceans policy, urging international trade negotiators to end the $20 billion a year in fishing subsidies foreign governments provide. He also argued that U.S. officials need to push harder to end overfishing and the pollution that has contaminated the fish Americans eat with mercury and other toxins.

"All science is saying we're on the brink of an irreversible collapse, and we've been trending that way for the last 20 years," he told the crowd of mostly journalists. "The oceans are in great peril, but they are fixable."

But while most of his talk was serious, Danson was more than willing to make fun of himself on occasion. When asked the question, "Why are Hollywood figures allowed to lead social movements?" he replied without missing a beat, "Just because." Then, in case anyone missed the joke, Danson added, "We're not."

By Washington Post editors  |  February 15, 2008; 10:34 AM ET
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Sorry barnardj1 , the previous post is intended for cakemanjb , I "goofed" . whew
if this one is a "Nukes" suit case , we won't get a second chance.

Posted by: sanclemete_2000 | February 16, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

barnardj1 said "you now have the facts straight from the Senate Records vault."
barnardj1 , You are missing some thing :

"Barack Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago's West Side. But Obama had a ready explanation: He goofed.",1,4287705.story
I hope he doesn't goof on the red button of the " Nuclear codes" once he became president because there won't be a second chance.

Posted by: sanclemete_2000 | February 16, 2008 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Danson should reveal just what he paid for the "honor" of sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom. The White House is not a hotel.

Posted by: jade_7243 | February 15, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"A Martha's Vineyard fundraiser"

Government for the people by the people?

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 15, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The thing about Washington is , the longer a person is there , the more corrupt and crooked they become. I see Obama's lack of "TIME" in Washington as a huge asset , because he hasn't been there long enough to become totally tainted.

Clinton is part of the problem , not the solution , because her and Bill thrive on back door deals and scandal, that's the part they love , and it all boils down to "whats in it for me"..........and to hell with the American people.

Experience...........Obama -vs- Clinton

Senator Obama --During the first eight years of Senator Obama's elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced:
233 regarding health-care reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
15 gun control,
6 veterans affairs and many others.
His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These included:
- the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law),
- The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law),
- The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
- The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law),
- The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee)
Senator Clinton -- Senator Clinton's, who has served only one full term (6yrs.), and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law, (20) twenty pieces of legislation.
1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Hon
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.
Only five of Senator Clinton's bills are more substantive:
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

In Conclusion, you now have the facts straight from the Senate Records vault.

Posted by: cakemanjb | February 15, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the 90's camelot, such a wonderful time for America. the clintons and republicans showed a deep abiding respect, even love, for one another. Sleepovers in the Lincoln bedroom, vacations at the cape, weekends at camp david. Meanwhile in the real world, Hillary is now appearing as Edwards in drag, a multimillionaire who will fight for the little guy and is willing to split the democratic party for their ego.

Posted by: barnardj1 | February 15, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I've always thought Ted & Mary were very much part of the anti-war liberal crowd. It's peculiar that they'd support Hillary Clinton who voted for military action in Iraq back in '02. Back in '02 when America needed *experienced leadership* Hillary came up small. Maybe Ted and Mary and the rest of the anti-war people that support Hillary can look past her war record but I can't.

Posted by: dionc9 | February 15, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Mocking. Martha's Vineyard. Hollywood. Lincoln bedroom.

Now I understand the criteria for reporting endorsements of Sen Clinton. They must be mockable and dismissable.

Nice try, Ms Eilperin, but your entry in the childish sneering and subtextual slander contest is amateurish. Ms Kornblut blows you away with every offhand post she throws up, let alone her grand studies in simpering contempt she bylines in the main paper. Keep up the good work, I'm sure this sort of trash will bring you fame and fortune. I hope it's worth it.

Posted by: zukermand | February 15, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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