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Countering Obama's Celebrity Outreach

President Obama continues to focus on celebrity outreach to further his policy causes. I know, shocked faces everywhere.

The Hill reports:

President Obama met Monday with celebrities who are helping him promote his signature healthcare law ahead of the October 1 launch of state insurance exchanges.

The president dropped by a White House meeting with singer Jennifer Hudson and actress Amy Poehler, as well as representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, and Bon Jovi, according to CNN. 

Other attendees included officials from the Grammy awards and the Funny or Die website, which is a brainchild of actor Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay.

Doesn't that just scream "I'm an ally of the little guys"? What better way to speak to hard-working, middle-class Americans who have been negatively impacted by ObamaCare than through wealthy Hollywood celebrities?

He really does give "out of touch" a new meaning.

GOP, don't try to counter celebrity with celebrity. If you do, you'll lose that battle. Let business owners and individuals negatively impacted by the law do the talking--regular people whose lives mirror the lives of other hard-working Americans. They should be in your television ads. They should be recruited for community outreach. How about young libertarians who don't like government telling them they have to have health insurance or pay a fine? How about business owners who have closed up shop because of the taxes and mandate? Those are the voices that will make a difference.

We need to hear more of them. And more often. When it comes to messaging, politicians and celebrities can't compete with regular people with regular lives impacted by bad policy.

Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila

 

 


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