COMMENTARY | Yet another celebrity advertisement for President Barack Obama was unveiled earlier this week.
While Marc Anthony may be an attractive and accomplished singer, he likely does not have much in common with the typical Latino voter. Anthony's impassioned plea that Obama needs another term to continue "making progress" and that he "has our backs" during the video clip republished on The Blaze neglects to mention that Anthony himself has proven he cares little about the nation's debt.
According to document excerpts published by the Washington Free Beacon, Anthony is a "tax-dodger" who owed more than $3 million back taxes.
Obama staffers should check into the backgrounds of the celebrities they use in campaign commercials. Although Anthony negotiated a settlement with the government on his back taxes in 2010, it reflects poorly on Obama's character that he would befriend the scofflaw singer.
Financial statistics republished by the Washington Free Beacon note that Anthony made more than $15 million during a five-year period. Apparently Obama's goal of forcing wealthy Americans to pay their fair share does not apply to his pals.
Reaching out to the Latino community would be far more successful if Obama actually mingled with citizens struggling to find jobs, pay mortgages and put food on the table for their children. The Anthony fundraiser will offer "just a few" tickets for $44, according to the Miami Herald. If Obama was truly concerned with the voices of Latinos, he would rent a stadium, charge $20 a ticket and communicate directly to his alleged core group of supporters. But instead, he opts for sipping champagne with wealthy celebrities who help comprise the one-percent. The president has the back of his cool Hollywood friends far more than he does members of the low and middle class who have been crippled by his far-left spending policies.
President Obama's celebrity endorsements garner media attention, even if it is just to poke fun at their misguided scripts and ineffective delivery. It is doubtful that even the most politically illiterate voters will be swayed by the famous faces behind the recent round of Hollywood commercials. The Obama campaign can put all the star power they can muster behind the president, but the conversation around American dinner tables will still focus on the economy and the deficit. Those will be the deciding factors in November and not the well-rehearsed words by a tax-dodging crooner.