Its Oscar week here in Southern California, but as Maureen Dowd notes in her NY Times column today, Hollywood has been buzzing this week about Barack Obama, the candidate that Dreamworks trio Geffen, Spielberg, and Katzenberg backed at a million dollar LA fundraiser last night.
Hillary Clinton is apparently unhappy about the support and she’s also not pleased by comments from Geffen to Dowd saying, “I don’t think that another incredibly polarizing figure, no matter how smart she is and no matter how ambitious she is — and God knows, is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary Clinton? — can bring the country together.” Geffen added, in the comments to Dowd, “Obama is inspirational, and he’s not from the Bush royal family or the Clinton royal family. Americans are dying every day in Iraq. And I’m tired of hearing James Carville on television.”
Hillary’s reps lashed back today, saying that Geffen is on Obama’s campaign team and I just received a statement from Geffen’s camp, setting the record straight:
“Despite reports to the contrary, I am not the Campaign Finance Chair and have no formal role in the Obama campaign, nor will I, other than to continue to offer my strongest possible personal support for his candidacy. My comments, which were quoted accurately by Maureen Dowd, reflect solely my personal beliefs regarding the Clintons. Thank You.”