Obama pits Scarlett Johansson and co against Clint Eastwood

Sep 6, 2012

Johansson and Portman rumoured to be making an appearance at Democratic convention tonight

Dimitrios Kambouris

THE DEMOCRATS are rumoured to be "trotting out" a trio of Hollywood actresses to introduce Barack Obama at their national convention tonight.

CNN claims to have a tentative schedule of this evening's events, which says that Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington will speak on stage before Obama officially accepts the Democrats' nomination for the forthcoming presidential election.

The New York Post describes the three women, who helped to promote Obama's election in 2008, as "die-hard Obama fans".

Before the last US election, Johansson claimed that she regularly exchanged emails with Obama and was devoting all of her energy to getting him elected. However, he later denied any kind of "email relationship", insisting he had just thanked her once for her help.

While tonight's schedule has not been officially confirmed, news sites have been quick to compare the Hollywood actresses with Clint Eastwood, who made a surprise appearance at the Republican convention last week. The actor appeared to embarrass his hosts with a rambling speech to an empty chair, which went wildly off-message.

The Hollywood Reporter points out that the three women's collective age "barely equals Clint Eastwood's" and says it is "another striking statement about the difference between the audiences the two conventions were meant to address".

"All three are popular, award-winning actresses and among Hollywood's most bankable stars," notes CNN. "But perhaps more importantly, all three represent demographics that Democrats hope to win by wide margins: women and young voters."

Several commentators have said the inclusion of Kerry Washington, the African-American star of Ray and The Last King of Scotland, could also help Democrats present a picture of diversity within the party.

Eva Longoria, of Desperate Housewives fame, is also scheduled to make a speech. She told NBC that hers will be "very different" from Eastwood's address and added that "there will be no empty chairs".

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