Some Dems Want Betty White to Make Their Day

Sep 3, 2012 6:07pm
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They’ve taken on big banks and workers’ rights abuses, now activists on Change.org have their sights set on bringing comedienne Betty White, 90, to the Democratic National Convention.

“Clint Eastwood, the Republican’s ‘mystery guest’ at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney,” Peter Slutsky, a Charlotte-bound New Yorker, wrote in his petition to draft White. “Governor Romney can have Clint Eastwood and his improvisational skills because President Obama has the one and only Betty White!”

By 4:30 p.m. Monday, 3,817 people had signed on to the cause. Facebook’s “Bring Betty White to the DNC” page is more popular, having accrued nearly 22,000 “likes” since being registered on Aug. 31.

The Obama campaign has no plans — yet — to invite White, who is eight years older than Clint Eastwood and endorsed the president in May Charlotte, N.C.

Eastwood put on a memorable one-man, one-chair show at the Republican convention last week in Tampa, Fla., interviewing an “invisible Obama” in front of a mostly-amused, sometimes-anxious GOP crowd.

If Change.org signers get their way, White would tread the boards at the Bank of America Stadium, the 73,778-capacity venue is the site of the final night of the DNC. Less than a year ago, Change.org registered a petition demanding the bank, which had been the beneficiary of a large government bailout, drop its $5 monthly fee on debit accounts. One month  and 306,894 signatures later, BOA cancelled the charge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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