Steven Spielberg's not helping Dems 'rebrand'
December 23rd, 2010
02:19 PM ET

Steven Spielberg's not helping Dems 'rebrand'

He has no problem giving orders to A-list actors, but director Steven Spielberg has no plans to give guidance to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Despite a recent Washington Post story claiming that Pelosi sought out marketing experts as well as the filmmaker to help "rebrand" the image of Democrats in Congress, Spielberg has no intention of leaving his life behind the lens.

“I can say as a long-time spokesman for Steven that he has made it his career to direct actors, not political figures,” Spielberg's rep tells Deadline.com.

Update, 12/23 5:39 p.m.: A rep for Pelosi denies the story as well. "Speaker Pelosi is a great admirer of Steven Spielberg and loves his movies," the rep said in a statement. "Any thoughts that they are in consultation is not so."

Sixty-four-year-old Spielberg has, however, gotten involved in Democratic affairs before. He backed Hillary Clinton's run for president and raised funds for President Barack Obama.


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  1. Princess Lea

    http://67.42.80.195

    I've lost a lot of respect for this man.

    December 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stephen Daugherty

    The message here is that Democrats play things falsely, try to appear better than they really are. Of course, that message would fit the other party just as well... hell, any politician you could think of going back to the beginning of time. The degree to which folks try to fake looking good is of course important, but I think the folks who beat on Pelosi here need to take a good long look at the people who tell them that you can tax cut to your heart's content and it will create jobs and a restoration of the revenues through a stimulated economy.

    Noticed how the Bush tax cuts, biggest ever, didn't create any of that? Republicans need to open their eyes to the bad math of their own party. Their tax cuts, mainly for the rich, did nothing to improve job creation, even during a growing economy, even after the best period of job creation in decades. They put a massive hole in the deficit, not offset by any spending cuts. And the economy only grew at the top, and even as it did, it stumbled along.

    Reality overrules image, every time. Republicans claim to do good for the country. Democrats can actually claim it based on fact.

    December 24, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Greg

    Ah yes, the trials and tribulations of the Ultra-Rich Elitests.

    December 24, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. dwighthuth

    There is already enough political acting that is supposedly called leadershio Washington D.C. We do not need the government orchastrated and directed as if it were a 2 1/2 long movie.

    December 24, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/as-wall-street-is-transformed-a-reminder-from-aaron-russo/

      December 24, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Moralesly

    Don't worry Spieberg is busy rebranding the holocaust instead. They can't just let that go. Always a movie about it. These days they even do cartoons about it.

    December 24, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Yahoo

    Nancy Pelosi can consult with whomever she pleases, not needing permission from any lame posters here. Perception is reality in politics. Don't you think Pat Robertson asks for advice and pays for people to make him look good? Why should Nancy be different?

    December 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Willy Brown

    Re brand them as the Money Grubbing Turds that they have become.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alice

    Hey Pelosi YOU SUCK.

    December 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chocoholic

    Only a liberal Democrat would seek a Hollywood director's opinion on political affairs. These airheads can't distinguish between real and make believe. Pelosi is an embarrassment.

    December 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smarzeli

      Annnnnd how many Hollywood actors have been elected to office, as republicans?

      December 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • lpplr

      And George W wasn't and embarrassment?

      December 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      Except of course that they both deny it. Which makes this whole story just as likely made up. But CNN isn't interested in checking on the facts. They'll repeat what both sides say and then go home for the day. Lazy journalism seems to be the norm nowadays.

      December 24, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • LouieD

      Only a conservative Republican would seek a ditzy bimbo as a vice-presidential candidate. The entire GOP is an embarrassment.

      December 24, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. BlackSheepBarry

    Steve is in the entertainment business – he is not a politician. Since when should someone like steve influence our politicians? Doing so makes about as much sense as nancy telling steve how to direct a movie.

    December 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • CWBarrett

      Maybe if she had War of the Worlds wouldn't have sucked.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat T. Riot

      (Probably too late for a anyone to read this.) Politicians have been sold by professional Madison Avenue types for, well, ever. Go back to the 50's and watch the same people who sold toothpaste sell Dwight Eisenhower. Don't you think that Ronald Reagan brought Hollywood know-how into his efforts to make himself President and, at least for some, an American icon?

      December 24, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. James

    Yes, because the way to change the perception of the Dems is for them to get closer to the Hollywood types, next thing you know the Repubs will seek help from Haliburton to change their image, lol.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. keithmoore1

    Good. Pelosi should focus on serving her country properly, not marketing her party. Man, can her disconnect be any more obvious?

    December 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • PJ

      Uh...did you tea baggers read the story? It's been denied by both Speilberg and Pelosi.

      December 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. goldylox

    Hey Pelosi ITS OVER FOR YOU

    December 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
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      .If yo want discover the best approach to finding your perfect match and find compatible local singles in your area! –maybe you can try -**Match'Rich. ℃○M-**-–Nancy Pelosi can consult with whomever she pleases, not needing permission from any lame posters here. Perception is reality in politics. Don't you think Pat Robertson asks for advice and pays for people to make him look good? Why should Nancy be different?

      December 24, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Commojoe

      True. Maybe this poor, sad, bitter old woman will go back to CA to get her face retightened. Wow, has she gotten tiring to listen to; thankfully she'll be minus the power and will just shut up for a time, then fade away.

      December 24, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |

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