Babs: Obama's Like Buttah

Longtime Clintonite says when Barack clinched nomination, switch was 'immediate'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2008 1:34 PM CDT
U.S. singer Barbra Streisand performs in Berlin in the Waldbuehne theatre on Saturday, June 30, 2007.    (AP Photo/Fritz Reiss)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton may have been her first choice, but Barbra Streisand’s switch to Barack Obama after he wrapped up the nomination was “immediate”—and she's not too keen on Clinton-backers considering crossing the aisle. In an interview with Politico, she lays into John McCain on women’s rights, veterans’ benefits, and Iraq, says Obama should take a good look at Clinton's health care plan, and warns that racism will be a factor this fall.

As to why she’s such a lightning rod, Streisand says, “many people think celebrities have too much already so we shouldn’t be entitled to our political opinions”—and also that “the other side objects to the fact that we might be listened to.” She expects the election to be a close one (“although I hope I am wrong”)—speculating that the race will hinge on "which campaign turns out the most voters on Election Day."