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Morgan Freeman donates $1 million to Obama


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Morgan Freeman.–Photo by Reuters.

LOS ANGELES: Morgan Freeman has become the latest Hollywood celebrity to donate to help re-elect Barack Obama, giving $1 million to a campaign group backing the US president, his spokesman said.

The Oscar-winning actor gave the money to Priorities USA Action, a so-called super-PAC independent of the official campaign, and praised Obama for his achievements in office since winning the White House race four years ago.

“President Obama has done a remarkable job in historically difficult circumstances,” Freeman said, according to his spokesman Stan Rosenfeld.

“He ended combat operations in Iraq, put in place sensible reforms of Wall Street, saved the auto industry and protected the health care of every American,” he continued.

“He has led our nation to be more tolerant and placed impressive, accomplished women on the Supreme Court,” added Freeman, who won an Oscar for best supporting actor in 2005 for his role in “Million Dollar Baby.” Bill Burton, the head of Priorities USA Action and former Obama White House deputy press secretary, thanked Freeman for his “generosity” in a tweet linking to stories about the donation.

Other donors to Priorities US Action have included Dreamworks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave $2 million last year, and director Steven Spielberg who donated $100,000, according to the website.

US comedian Bill Maher announced in February that he had donated $1 million to the Obama-backing super-PAC.

Freeman sparked lively debate, and drew criticism, when he said in a recent radio interview that Obama is not the United States' first black president.

“America's first black president hasn't arisen yet. He's not America's first black president. He's America's first mixed-race president,” he told National Public Radio. Obama father was Kenyan, and his mother white American.

Morgan is famous for movies including 1989's “Driving Miss Daisy,” 2009's “Invictus” -- in which he played Nelson Mandela – and the recent “Dark Knight”movies.

The African American actor also played a fictional US president in 1998 disaster movie “Deep Impact,” about a leader scrambling to prevent a comet from slamming into the Earth.

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anony Jul 20, 2012 04:42pm
As much as I liked him as an actor, I hate him as a person now. He is praising a person that continues to be a war mongerer and continues to bomb innocent civilians with drone strikes (more routinely than bush). SUch a sad state.
Ali Jul 20, 2012 02:03pm
Morgan Freeman would be better off giving his money to charities. Obama has not closed Guantanamo, has increased drone attackes in Pakistan many folds leading to misery and terrorism in Pakistan and their Afghan brothers continue suffering from a misguided US foreign policy that shows a total lack of understanding of the region.
KhanChangezKhan Jul 21, 2012 11:20am
Morgan and his like-minded people are wrong in their decisions. Obama and his companions should be punished instead rewarding them. Americans and their great leaders are the killers of billions of innocent people, first in Japan by dropping nuclear bomb and thereafter continued to the rest of the world, in Vietnam , Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, Germany, Indonesia, Philippine, Lebanon, Philistine, Korea, etc. etc.,
oldmine Jul 20, 2012 06:43am
Thanks you are a good man
Hans Schmitt Jul 20, 2012 06:49pm
Way to go, Morgan. Good man! (from another who got scrod by EBOF)
HJK Jul 21, 2012 09:36am
He should have given the money to the innocent people obama killed in drone attacks.
noman ahmed Jul 21, 2012 09:38am
he is supporting because both are blacks, so i think there is no another reason,