BOSTON HERALD, WASHINGTON POST, REUTERS, AP
From porn stars to dictators, it seems everyone wants to chime in on the U.S. presidential race. As the campaign heats up before Wednesday's first televised debates, we are reminded that not all support is welcome. Here a quick look at the least sought-after endorsements:
Hugo Chavez to Obama: I'll endorse you, if you endorse me...
Fighting his own bitterly contested presidential campaign, Hugo Chavez on Sunday endorsed President Obama, despite the Venezuelan leader being a vehement critic of the U.S. Chavez told Reuters: "I hope this doesn't harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I would vote for Obama." He also speculated that Obama might return the favor, if he were living in Venezuela. Well, if they both lose, maybe a summer house swap instead?
Porn star love for Mitt
Mormon Mitt, who married his high-school sweetheart and always keeps his shirt safely tucked into his trousers, probably wasn't too thrilled when porn star Jenna Jameson publicly endorsed the Republican candidate. At a San Francisco strip club, sipping champagne and letting it all hang out in the VIP lounge, Jenna declared: "I'm very much looking forward to having a Republican back in office [...] When you're rich, you want a Republican in office," reports CBS San Francisco.
Meanwhile, porn king Ron Jeremy had his own praise for Romney: "I think he means well, I think he’s a good man," he told the Boston Herald, during a promotional tour for his new line of liquor.
"I think the fact that he’s such an amazing father proves a lot. I give him a lot of credit. He’s raised some good sons," Jeremy said, before announcing his intention to vote for Obama in November.
Madonna backs "black Muslim" (born in Kenya...?)
During a recent concert in Washington D.C, Madonna was in a particularly political mood. Arm muscles flexed, age defied and global peace demanded, she paraded around flashing her promotional tramp stamp: "OBAMA."
"When Obama is in the White House for a second term I'll take it all off." Surely a sure fire way to boost Romney's rating in the polls? Calling Obama a "black Muslim," ironically or not, was also a great soundbite for Republicans to latch onto.
Clint and Obamachair
During the Republican National Convention at the beginning of September, Clint Eastwood went all impromptu, weirding out most of America in the process. Using a bar stool as a prop to "symbolize" Obama, Eastwood quizzed the imaginary President for a few awkward minutes that may have made Romney wish he'd invited Chuck Norris instead.
Gaddafi endorsed "our son"
Back in 2011, just days after Barack Obama announced his reelection campaign, the now deceased leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi wrote a letter to the President of the United States, urging him to stop NATO's assault, but not before he gave "Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama" his kindest regards:
"We have been hurt more morally than physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaigne. You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action. I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that, [sic]" reported AP.
The toppling of the regime, and his subsequent death, derailed his dream of a speaker's slot at the Democratic Convention.