Betty White for DNC campaign keeps growing
September 4th, 2012
01:50 PM ET

Betty White for DNC campaign keeps growing

Betty White and President Obama already seem to be fairly good pals - he wished White a happy birthday earlier this year, and she later made a visit to the White House. Now, fans of the 90-year-old star are hoping she'll show up to support Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

Petitioners have taken to Facebook and Change.org to encourage Dems to let the "Hot in Cleveland" actress say a few words of introduction ahead of the president on Thursday in hopes she'll surpass Clint Eastwood's chair talk at the Republican National Convention last week.

"Clint Eastwood, the Republican's 'mystery guest' at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney," the petition on Change.org says. "Take action today if you want to see a real [old] Hollywood icon get a political introduction right!"

At the time of this post, just over 8,300 have shown their support of the Change.org petition, while the Facebook page "Bring Betty White to the DNC" has received 29,602 "likes."

As of now, though, it doesn't seem that this will be a mission accomplished - White's rep told CNN over the weekend that she had no plans to be part of the convention. When we checked in on Tuesday, to see if this growing campaign could change any plans, her rep told us that White, who is currently in production on two shows, "will not be in Charlotte."

Obama isn't hurting for Hollywood players, though. Actor Kal Penn of "Harold & Kumar" will host the DNC's live stream on Thursday starting at 8 p.m.:


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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Ponnie

    after the show?

    September 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pen

    no matter who gets in there. We will all fail because we are looking to man to lead us instead of GOD and with that said this country will be brought to its knees.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bets!

    love you bets...you look a little like my grandma! hair was always set perfectly... fashionable at 87 year old...3 strand pearls yep! lol

    September 6, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. kathy

    Be-tty! Be-tty!

    September 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. time.

    strong comments. thanks.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. 4ObamaNFlorida

    How can it be that in 4 short years Obama has had enough time the Bush's were in the whitehouse for 16 years and lookwhat they left us ! At the same time Clinton had only 8 years and he made deficit History ! 4more years !

    September 5, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. 4ObamaNFlorida

    I've said it once and I'll say it again and again even if you walk into a room and the T.V. is on Mute you can always tell whether it's a Democrate or Rebublican speaking just by watching thier expressions of hate and Disgust on thier faces because other people don't think like them.... Just like on a blog go through here and you can pick out the Republicans they are all beligerent and only care about losing thier all mighty dollar...Yeah we might have a huge deficit and if Obama took over from Clinton Republicans might have a leg to stand on but he didn't he took over after it was already to late.. Lets Go Forward Not backwards !!!

    September 5, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. rocket ship

    family moocher? lol

    September 5, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. J W

    DNC need to bring some comedy from hollywood,to light up things,as long it is spoken with truth. Thanks! JW

    September 5, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fifi

    To the people that say 07 wasnt so bad the "little ciy" i live in had 17% unemployment!!!! Our factories made boats and trailors, recreational toys. They went when you all started losing your incomes and homes when IDIOTS like Romneys kept sending jobs out of country. President Obama won an election with a country in two wars (Iraq & Afganistan) trillion of dollars in debt. HEY WHERE ARE THOSE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION BUSH~IRAQ. Pres had done a good job cleaning up this mess. What would McCain have blamed this all on??? That would have been an interesting lie to hear?????

    September 5, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Epidi

    Betty's da bomb!

    September 5, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Idiots all around

    ha u think i am rich? not by a long shot

    September 5, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Blue collar american

    You see that? The rich cant even spell sacrifice

    September 5, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Blue collar american

    U want to stimulate the economy put the stimulus money in the hands of those who need it and will put it back into the economy and not hoard it in some offshore bank account and penalize the companies that give our jobs to other countries just to help their profit margins. Romney is the problem not the solution at least w obama we know what we are getting romney is a gamble we cant afford the ante let alone the bet

    September 5, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Idiots all around

    the rich sacrafice more than most obama supporters.

    September 5, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  16. Blue collar american

    Bad mouth obama all u want its the tax breaks to the rich and the over taxing of the middle and lower classes that actually put their money back into the economy thats largely to blame for the mess we are in. Heaven forbid the super rich have to make any sacrifices to save our economy

    September 5, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  17. Idiots all around

    dont worry america. not much longer till obama is gone

    September 5, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  18. Idiots all around

    to bad cuz i live right

    September 5, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  19. Blue collar american

    Romney wins so do the terrorists america runs on the blue collar men like me and we are drowning and have been since g.w romney would pull the plug on us who are already in economical critical condition

    September 5, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  20. Donkey Party

    To "idiots all around" – You're clearly standing in a room full of mirrors. Animals like you deserve no place in society, and I hope your pathetic existence is short-lived.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Donkey Party

    There are some truly sick, and sick-minded individuals (almost all right-wingers) commenting here. I hope you don't survive half as long as Betty White has been around. Filthy sub-human sociopaths.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jose

    total idiot al the way..

    what time mkup.

    September 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  23. marieee

    Betty is great and wise, she knows what's going on and hope she lives another 20 yrs.

    September 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Pete

    Betty White is the Queen of Hollywood,if she talks the actors and her followers across this great country and beyond will listen,her word is her bond,she's gold in many hearts...I hope she comes to the convention and puts Romney,Ryan in there place like spoiled brats that they are,give them a lecture of substance,something that George or Ryans father never gave them,make them think if there's a chance!!They need help because both haven't been guided properly,you republicans know it,it went for Bush too and guess what we got,a catastrophic mess.So to you Ms.White put Romney,Ryan in their place,they most certainly needs it!!God Bless!!!

    September 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Idiots all around

    when are u guys going to stop blaming president bush? obama has had enough time. besides things were great under president bush till the dems took control of the house and senate. thats when everything went to crap.

    September 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bee

      And what planet did you say you've been living on?

      September 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ralph76

      What a maroon!

      You still keep spitting out the Fux company line. Oblivious to the facts and ignorant of the hipocracy. Keep drinking the poison the RNC feeds you and please read your bible. Especially the part that says THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS. Since you are probaly part of the Amreican Taliban, are you keeping your womern folk in check?

      September 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Fifi

    can or does anybody honestly remember how bad the unemployment levels were when that Bush G.W. Said it was all wonderful in 07?? When our housing markets were foreclosing to hell with G.w.?? President Obama won an election and received a country that was a stinking mess!!! Its much better now than in 07 and if you disagree your just bullheaded liars. You will cut your nose of to spite your faces to go back to the mess of the Bush Era. Wake up or get use to eating dirt because Romney wont help you. Your not rich enough for him to listen to. GO OBAMA GO

    September 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just the facts

      Hey FiFi, check the numbers (official) on any .gov web site. Not sure where you live but my home has gone down in value a a much greater % in the last 2 years than the 5 years prior. Obama said he would cut the American debt in half and it is up 7,000,000,000,000,000. TRILLION Just like in your own household, you can't keep on using the credit card forever. The chickens will come home to roost (bill collectors). And I voted for Obama in '08

      September 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. kev williams

    It's sad (and scary) when a main topic is what Hollywood Star will show up verses what direction our country will go. WAKE UP AMERICA !!!

    September 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Idiots all around

    Yeah it is obama who is unfortunatly the center of my world because the US is my world.

    September 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jim Hahn

    Betty can bust Clint's balls any day of the week and twice on Sundays. And she can do it with the class that he will never have.

    September 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Time Trader

      Personally, I am sick of the sickly sweet utterings of this old hag.

      September 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  30. us_1776

    Betty is cool.

    .

    September 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  31. tyler

    wow! Reading these comments make me feel happy up here in Canada. and out leader truly sucks. I am well versed on the politics in your fine country and to be honest Obama has NEVER been given a chance... The divisiveness comes very much from the Republicans who can't stand to work even with each other. The Republicans are the issue and its scary to see Romney get in power. Also WAY too much religion in your politics! Seriously keep the church separate from the state and one more thing. Stop being so damned racist and hateful, its unbecoming.

    September 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Cheryl

    After Clint's depressing humiliation of the aged, it would be great to see a lady in her 90's who's still sharp and funnier than ever. I think Betty White could persuade a lot of seniors (ie. Florida) not to listen to Romney/Ryan's lies re:medicare.

    September 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. ABMiller

    How many VD's does Betty have? Thanks to Sandra Fluke...???

    September 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  34. America the Beautiful

    I find name calling infantile and useless. Look at what has occurred during the last 3.5 years and make your choice. Unemployment is over 8%, the deficit (the money America owes to CHINA) is now at $16 trillion dollars, gasoline is at an all time high. What is being done to create jobs? The stimulus did nothing. What is being done to pay down the debt. Nothing. If we don't get the debt paid down, we will become a third world country. Why was the pipeline not built? Why are we not drilling oil ? Why are we supporting terrorists with every barrel of oil that comes from South America and the middle east? We need change and I apologize to all who are in love with Obama, but he needs to go. He is unable to work with Congress and the Senate. He does not know how. Other presidents including Clinton and Reagan were able to work across party lines, so we know it can be done. President Obama tried and was unsuccessful.

    September 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I used to be a big fan of Betty White's but after her support of Obama, I am no longer a fan of hers.

      September 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • wombattesting

      I also find name-calling infantile, but I also think it is important to get your facts straight. Yes, our economy is a mess and Congress will not work with the President. Why? Before we replace the guy who wanted to compromise, let's get rid of those who are in Congress who refuse any attempt at compromise.

      Yes, we need change–agreed–we need to remove the more extreme Republican members of Congress and restore some ability to work with one another.

      September 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • belinda

      I'm sorry you don't agree about our President , but if you think replacing him with a Power Monger that is part of the problem, literally, that created this Economy, you are insane. Even the Experts are saying his Budget Plans don't wash . How can a man , who has never considered helping anyone but his own family and Religion, care about anything else ? It's not possible. He wants the position for Power purposes only. To make more money for the Rich. The Republican Congress of Traitors are the ones stopping the Jobs Bill and making Americans suffer. You must be a 1% er. The only ones who gain from this Clown.

      September 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • q2long

      You should try to get your facts right. For starters, the bulk of U.S. debt ($9.8 trillion) is owned by US citizens and the US government, not China. Second, most credible economists think the the Stimulus Bill saved or created several million jobs. Third, Obama isn't the one who has the problem working with the other side; that's the Republican's problem since their main objective (they are on the record for this) is to make sure Obama doesn't get re-elected. Don't give a fig about addressing our country's problems. Could address the other distortions in your post, but doubt you care to hear the facts.

      September 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • PwGE

      Review your pol sci books-congress, senate and presidents office exist together for one thing alone in democratic society–so that power isn't resting with one person or one group. They're supposed to work together. Operative word here is work which Congress hasn;t done because they have only the narrowest of agenda.

      September 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Idiots all around

    i wouldnt cry if she was shot in front of her kids. hopefully the damage her parents have cause can be reversed before its to late

    September 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Joan

    Yeah, Mr. Obama will win again. Did you all see his reveal last night. Woh... that was just powerful. The man is a hard worker and so smart and he is very, very honest. Contrary to what the liars Romney and Ryan are saying that The President does not have a record to run on. The Reveal clearly outlined all the success of the last 4 years. He did it Mr Romney/Ryan. So you should be a shame to be trying to taking it away from him. You can tell peeople what Obama could have done to better the country but don't said that he did not do nothing. What do you have to run on Mr. Romney? By now you should at least have a platform., Does anyone knows what it is?

    September 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Debby

    She can sit in Clints empty chair!!!!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Clydie

    Maybe they get Betty, Mary, Rhoda and Georgette all there... talking to an empty sofa. Then Lou Grant (Ed Asner) pops out and he goes to town on Romney. LOL, just goes to show the state of American Politics. Dems vs GOP? Just two old crime families duking it out, only they don't have the decency to hit the mattresses, take each other out, and leave the public out of it.

    September 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Idiots all around

    I can not wait till obama goes down in flames this November. It is going to be glorious! I am coming right here to CNN and watch you moochers whine and complain and spread more lies about President Romney. You can tell obama knows he is finished. All he is doing now is grasping at straws.

    September 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ak

      if you seriously believe Romney would be better than Obama, then you are truly the IDIOT!

      September 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • urouttolunch

      @idiots all around. I assure you, the biggest idiot of all is in the center of your little world..

      September 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Idiots all around

    betty white is political. she is not outspoken about it but she is a lib. i still like her tho. obama revieled, the liar, the divider.

    September 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • UrAverageJoe

      That you call Obama a divider is silly. The Republicans, on the other hand, are just working so hard to bring the country together, right? Laughable.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulC

      revieled? Did the voices tell you what this new word means?

      September 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Go Away

    Not all american like to hate .. wrong. betty white is non political she wants what is going to make this country work again. the woman never bothered anyone, she is one of the most famous sitcom actresses in tv..she is well respected in hollywood.

    September 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  42. PAUL

    Seriously why would you even consider supporting a party or voting for anyone because of their stand on saving pets.......I understand and respect how much pets mean to families but we have far more serious matters to address as a country. I like Betty....maybe she is smarter than Clint and will stay away.
    Let's hope that whoever wins the election does a great job and gets us out of the economic mess we are in. Fix the economy and ALL will be beter off....

    September 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Planetalker

      PAUL

      Seriously why would you even consider supporting a party or voting for anyone because of their stand on saving pets.....

      Makes about as much sense as someone who votes for a person based on their stand on guns.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Sokman

    These are the same people that all of the negative & mud-slinging campaign ads on web, tv, & radio from both sides are geared towards. Both parties know these people have no clue about real issues, so try to sway their votes by offering drama dirt & hate. Americans love hating people. Many would rather vote against someone they don't like as opposed to voting for someone they do like.

    September 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Ann

    And what values do you think they have? Have you met either family? Michelle Obama is all about herself – who else would charge this country over $800,000 for taking her children to the Kids Choice Awards – now that speaks volume. She is so out of touch and in no way can identify with the middle class.

    September 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      wow! Are you kidding me? She is the first lady of the US – and she is probably one of the best in a long long time.. she has been completely non political.. and has spent her time reaching out to kids, asking them to be fitter. Stop watching Fox news.. and then leaving comments on CNN.. go away..

      September 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Demetrius

      I wish everyone would throw bananas up in the air when she went on stage. It would give the a banana boost to obtain level 27 monkey power. With that they would certainly win the election.

      September 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladykills82

      Sources for this dollar amount and claim, please.
      Show your work.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • UrAverageJoe

      Yeah that darn Michelle! Please. NO member of the family in the White House goes anywhere without secret service protection. But, i understand, you're so full of hate, you'd rather see her shot in front of her kids than have the taxpayers money spent money protecting her. Sad, really sad!

      September 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Sokman

    Preach it Jae! Was thinking the same thing, but woulda added a couple Liberal Sheeple comments personally. But agree 100%

    September 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jae

    Celebrities have no business influencing voters on either side of the political spectrum. Some voters are just too stupid to listen to the candidates, read the literature and watch the conventions to make up their own minds that they actually rely on celebrities to tell them who to vote for. Pitiful!

    September 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Agree totally. Comedy is about one liners, immediate response and first impressions. Choosing a political candidate should be about careful thought, learning most of the issues and then deciding whom to vote for.

      September 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • lilydarcey

      Betty White is an oldie who will say, or do anything to be cool among the younger crowd.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • UrAverageJoe

      True JAe – but people shouldn't let corporations or the ubber rich tell 'em how to vote either. This election will cost over $1 billion – all corporate & super rich money who will definitely want a return on their "investment" come January.

      September 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  47. LeeInOceanside

    Betty White is a traitor.

    September 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      You expect her, a 90 yo, to drop what she's doing, travel quite a distance to HooRaw a candidate for whom most people there have already made up their mind?

      September 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  48. PRN

    the best

    September 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  49. pgb412

    she would be great. always a lady even when she is using her cutting humor and quick whit. sharp as now as it was when she did the great game shows.

    September 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  50. salleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Whether or not Betty White is there, the Democrats will show, once again, that they are so far superior to the lying,
    clueless Republicons.

    Clint Eastwood made a fool of himself and the RNC..it's pathetic to see what they think is amusing.

    September 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teri

      Did you forget about all the liars and adulterers the Democratic party have? Glass houses moron

      September 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • lilydarcey

      I see you have drunk to much of the Oduma Zombie coolaid, which has left you severly brain damaged, and unable to make rational decisions. I guess that's why they keep you on the plantation and do the think for you, you subservient clueless Obuma zombie.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • lilydarcey

      Obuma has made a fool out of himself in the 4 years as Pres, not to mention the brain of the dumocrapic party Biden. Both should have never come out of the abyss.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  51. hey!

    snk awy

    September 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  52. bets

    that said nothing right? right.

    September 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jeff

    I agree with those saying someone from the Act Up movement should get to speak. Those LGBT guys love the democrats.

    September 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Terri McHugh

    This would be just too delicious to pass up. Betty's dignity/and wry, always-well-placed humor would just be wonderful. What a zig to Clint's zag! Go Betty & Go Obama! Also, what an opportunity for Betty White to quite literally write herself into an even more significant role in history.

    September 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Dop

    they need you as their key speaker.. what an amazing moment that would be.

    September 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  56. pablo

    I agree with chris16. I think that is a good idea.

    September 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  57. LDS Man

    Booooo. They need Rosie Odonell as the keynote speaker. Or maybe the leader of communist china.

    September 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  58. chris16

    I would like to see Betty White with the Obama's daughters and their dog BO do a Public Service Announcement. Many families had to give up their beloved pets when they lost their homes. Currently due to the floods many animals are in need of food and shelter. There were heroic pictures of brave people saving families with their pets from the flooded areas.

    September 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • pgb412

      that is a great idea. mom should be there too. she can mention a healthy diet isnt just for humans. i just really like the whole family, they are close and happy. its heartwarming to see a family with the values a lot of americans have.. they are way more approachable and loving then that other family.

      September 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |

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