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Actor: Electing Obama Was ‘Very Grown-Up’


Simon Baker, the Australian actor who stars on the CBS crime drama The Mentalist, exemplified the Hollywood greeting of the Era of Obama in Sunday’s Parade magazine (the newspaper supplement):

“The morning after your election in November, I said to my wife Rebecca, ‘You know, I’m thinking about becoming an American,’ and then she said that she felt the same way.

“I don’t follow sports here,” he said. “But politics has sort of taken its place. I followed the race closely. It’s a tricky area, because I don’t want to be offensive, and I had no party loyalty. But electing Obama was this country being very grown-up. It was such a positive step for the U.S. to become a part of the world again after the last eight years.”

Beyond the strange idea that Baker thinks he’s non-partisan in his assessment, the last part of that remark is deeply silly, as if President Bush didn’t attempt to remake the Middle East and instead withdrew from the world, like he was starring in a Ron Paul science-fiction movie.


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