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First it was Paris and Britney, now Lindsay joins the campaign

By Jimmy Orr / September 18, 2008

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The celebs keep popping back into the presidential campaign.  But unlike party girls Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, who were inadvertently thrust into the campaign, Lindsay Lohan inserted herself into the discussion, according to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker.

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Apparently Lohan just wanted to help Obama and thought she could reach out to younger voters by hosting some events. Nice enough.

No thanks

But the Obama campaign wasn't interested, as Zweicker explained:

However, a top source in the Barack Obama team tells me the actress ''is not exactly the kind of high-profile star who would be a positive for us.''
Given Lohan's past problems, plus ongoing brushes with controversy, I've learned the campaign quietly told the actress ''thanks, but no thanks,'' but in far more diplomatic terms.

No traction

At first, it looked like when the story might quietly go away. There was a minor kerfuffle between the two campaign's spokespeople, but it wasn't gaining any traction. With all the news yesterday focused on the economy and then the Palin email breach, there just wasn't the bandwidth for this story to bubble up for recognition.

There's always tomorrow

Enter Lohan's talkative father, Michael.

FOX News is reporting Lohan's Dad became upset with the word of the campaign's dismissal.

"For Barack Obama to condemn my daughter for past indiscretions when he admitted to the exact same himself is indicative of what kind of president he would be," Michael Lohan told Pop Tarts via e-mail on Wednesday night.
"His visions of a positive future for this country should be representative of a positive future for people as well. It is looking beyond the difficult times and letting go of the past," Michael said. "Obviously, Obama can do this for himself and not others, when in fact a good president should have hope for all."

And another

The entertainment website TMZ also received a note from Michael. They prefaced his remarks by saying, "But we think he might be taking LiLo a lil' too seriously, at least right now."

"Everyone is entitled to an opinion and so is Obama and his staff. Then again, you know what they say about opinions. Unfortunately, for them, to make such a comment about my daughter was a big mistake ... Look at Angelina Jolie and the wonderful things she has done in her life, and now watch how Lindsay does the same."

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