Barack Obama is Hollywood’s star

Presidential candidate Barack Obama recently made a stop in New York Tuesday afternoon, after the YouTube debates, at the Time Warner Center.

Obama is Oprah’s pick, and he is also Hollywood’s main man.

The Illinois senator and Democratic candidate for president was the guest of honor at Time Warner’s Conversations on the Circle, “a semi-regular event where notable types are grilled in front of a mostly sympathetic crowd,” reports FOX’s Roger Friedman.

Time Warner’s Dick Parsons spoke to a crowd of about 250 including Harry Belafonte; Jon Bon Jovi, Edie Falco; Mariska Hargitay, Joy Behar, Steve Buscemi,  Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Foreigner’s Mick Jones; actor Geoffrey Wright, “Capote” screenwriter Bennett Miller, Darrell Hammond and Damon Dash.

Also attending, according to Friedman, was New York Gov. Mario Cuomo; New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; Charlie Rose; CBS’ Harry Smith; Gayle King; Barbara Walters and Deborah Roberts; Bryant Gumbel; Deborah Norville; Lally Weymouth; CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and ex CNN Paula Zahn; Richard Plepler of HBO; the New York Times columnist Frank Rich; Newsweek’s Johnnie Roberts and Jonathan Alter and the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta, Rick Hertzberg and Jeffrey Toobin.

Friedman reports that Michael Kennedy, the New York attorney, asked about Obama’s choice for vice president. Barbara Walters asked about terrorism.

Bon Jovi said Al Gore was still his candidate but he was interested in hearing what Obama was saying, reports Friedman.

Regarding gun control, Obama had a lawyerly answer.  Friedman writes “he’s for it, of course, but doesn’t want to disturb the ‘traditions’ of those who aren’t.”

Obama also said if you were anti-abortion, you weren’t going to vote for him, according to Friedman.

When asked by Friedman if he enjoyed being Hollywood’s golden one, Obama told Friedman that “he liked it.”

“I’ve known David Geffen a long time, and George Clooney is a serious man,” Obama said to Friedman.


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