Saturday 29 November 2014

Obama threat to go rogue and speak out

Orla Healy

Published 19/05/2013 | 05:00

President Obama apparently has his own Hollywood-inspired aspirations. According to a nugget buried in a New York Times story on Thursday, Obama has been telling aides that he is tempted to pull a "Bulworth" – that is to make like Warren Beatty's liberal senator character in the 1998 movie of the same name by going rogue and saying exactly what is on his mind regardless of the political fallout.

President Obama apparently has his own Hollywood-inspired aspirations. According to a nugget buried in a New York Times story on Thursday, Obama has been telling aides that he is tempted to pull a "Bulworth" – that is to make like Warren Beatty's liberal senator character in the 1998 movie of the same name by going rogue and saying exactly what is on his mind regardless of the political fallout.

Obama, who has become increasingly exasperated by the escalating brouhaha over Benghazi, the Justice Department's decision to subpoena the Associated Press phone records and the IRS scandal, has in private, talked longingly of "going Bulworth" according to the Times report which opined "while Mr Beatty's character had neither the power nor the platform of a president, the metaphor highlights Mr Obama's desire to be liberated from what he sees as the hindrances on him".

The item, unsurprisingly, lit up Washington and the Twitterverse. It also prompted words of caution from former Obama adviser David Axelrod, who confirmed that while he has heard the president's "Bulworth" fantasy firsthand, it is something "every president says from time to time. It's probably cathartic just to say it. But the reality is that while you want to be truthful, you want to be straightforward, you also want to be practical about whatever you're saying." Pity.

SEXING UP BILL 'N' HILL ROMANCE

Screenwriter Young Il Kim says reports that his upcoming Hillary Clinton biopic Rodham will feature raunchy sex scenes between the former first couple are way off base.

"I didn't write Fifty Shades of Rodham, as some news outlets are suggesting," Kim said last week after The Daily Beast published highlights from a first draft of the movie script.

"I am a boring prude with little imagination," added Kim who, notably, didn't shoot down any of the other details posted about the film, which will focus on the evolution of a twentysomething Hillary from gawky law student ("the valedictorian of the 'look-like-shit school of feminism") to hard-charging political operator on the Nixon impeachment committee who snags a "Viking" boyfriend with a "six-inch beard" and a penchant for cheesy pick-up lines like "the watermelons in Hope, Arkansas, are the firmest, juiciest melons" he's ever seen.

Other gems generating giddy buzz for the film – which is due to be released by the team behind the Twilight franchise during the 2016 presidential campaign cycle – include a scene in which Hillary complains about her physical relationship with Bill. Asked by friends if the two are having sex, Hillary sounds as if she could be channelling Monica Lewinsky when she replies: "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'sex' means."

Despite claims that the movie is not politically motivated, the script makes multiple references to Hillary's presidential ambition.

When Bill proposes to his future wife, the resignation of Vice-President Spiro Agnew is playing on TV in the background, prompting Hillary to ask why a woman can't be considered Oval Office material.

In another nifty plot twist, when Hillary and the impeachment-inquiry team fail to come up with the goods to nail Nixon, Bill suggests they subpoena the recordings from the Roosevelt Room. As the movie credits point out, President Clinton would years later be impeached "using the procedure developed by Hillary Rodham in 1974". Karma, it seems, not Hillary will be the witch in this take on the Clinton saga.

GWYNIE'S U-TURN ON DAFT PUNK

Somebody obviously gave Gwyneth Paltrow a reality check. A week after mouthing off about how "un-fun" she found the Met Gala, criticising everything from Kanye's act to the punk theme ("We're all a bit old to be dressed punk"), the actress is in such damage-control mode that she has devoted the latest edition of her GOOP e-zine to lavishing praise on the event.

"The Met Ball, at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art, is always the year's most elaborate display of incredible fashion and this year was no different," she writes, going on to describe in fawning detail just how her fuchsia Valentino haute couture dress, was created – an apology, perhaps, to the fashion house which invited her to the fete.

Paltrow also posts a series of behind-the-scene shots online, giving her audience a glimpse into her marathon hair-and-make-up prep session for the event and, according to some eagle-eyed observers, a possible clue as to why her night went so wrong. "There is a big frosty dirty martini featured in one of the behind-the-scenes shots," notes fashionista.com, offering a fresh perspective on Paltrow's odd behaviour.

"Hard liquor, plus a long sleeved gown and a hot room, plus probably not eating anything before she hit the red carpet, could definitely equal misery."

Enough said.

ROOM TO IMPROVE DEMI DIVORCE PAY

Ashton Kutcher's plans to make it legal with galpal Mila Kunis hit a snag last week when his estranged wife Demi Moore once again stalled the protracted divorce proceedings that have been playing out since the couple's acrimonious split in November 2011.

This time the actress is now asking for spousal support to complete renovations on her $25m (€19m) Central Park apartment. Moore, who earlier this year received $15m (€11m) in back payments from her $90m (€69m) divorce settlement with husband No 1 Bruce Willis, isn't exactly hurting for cash.

Her net worth is estimated to be $150m (€115m), a cool $10m (€7.6m) more than Kutcher's. Guess she's been rethinking that recent pledge to move on.

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