Barbra Streisand just put a rain cloud over Barack Obama’s parade, offering her endorsement, for what it’s worth, to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Having donated to Mr. Obama as well as to his fellow Democratic hopeful, John Edwards, in the recent past, Ms. Streisand settled any lingering speculation today. The 65-year-old entertainer—as was just reported on our sister blog, The Politicker—shared her somewhat dramatic sentiments with Ms. Clinton’s campaign, which then made them public.
“Madame President of the United States…it’s an extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman’s potential has no limitations," Ms. Streisand says in the statement. "Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success." Considering her allegiance to the Senator’s husband, Bill Clinton, the declaration of support is sure to solidify Ms. Streisand’s F.O.B. status. (As pointed out by the AP, her endorsement comes just one day after Oprah Winfrey put all her—arguably more valuable–chips on Mr. Obama.)
Creating a kind of surreal conversation through press releases, Ms. Clinton’s campaign followed their first release with another. This time it came from the big cheese herself. “Barbra has used her immense talent to be an advocate for truth, justice, and fairness and I deeply appreciate her confidence in my candidacy as we work together to change the direction of our nation," Ms. Clinton says in her statement.
Ms. Clinton’s apparent excitement over Ms. Streisand’s support is interesting, if only because the entertainer has for years been such a controversial figure. While her popularity is unequivocal in many circles, countless outspoken entertainers and media-types have repeatedly shown vitriolic dislike for the star. (They point to, among other things, her supposedly hypocritical stance on energy consumption.) But perhaps most memorably, she was the subject of a ruthless South Park episode called “Mecha-Streisand,” in which the Princess of Tides attempts to become an evil super-villain. Millions laughed, and the episode remains one of South Park’s most popular; it even spawned its own "official" Web site.