Man in Black: Obama Stole My Idea

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 10, 2007 10:30am

ABC News’ David Wright Reports: Seems to be the week for celebrity endorsements.

Hot on the heels of Oprah’s big weekend with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., rival John Edwards prepares to hit the trail with Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is looking to capitalize on her endorsement by Barbra Streisand.

Now Obama has added another star to his constellation: actor Will Smith.

The 39-year-old star of "Men in Black" and "Independence Day" today told a gossip columnist he also has political ambitions of his own.

"I always wanted to be the first Black president, but Barack stole my idea," said Smith, adding; "That’s okay with me. Barack can go first and then I’ll take my turn."

Smith recently attended Winfrey’s big fundraiser for Obama in Santa Barbara.

The two men share more than political ambitions in common.

When Obama appeared on her show this fall, Tyra Banks asked him who should play him in the movie.

Obama confessed that his first choice would be Denzel Washington, but that Will Smith might be the more appropriate choice.

"Initially, Denzel would be the choice," Obama said, "But somebody pointed out that with my ears it might have to be Will, Will Smith."

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