2008 Star Gazing
posted by August 29 at 17:55 PMon
Photo by Eli Sanders
Also on the flight back from Denver, the three of us tallied up the celebrities we and our friends saw at the Democratic National Convention.
There were the political and/or media celebritiesópeople like Al Sharpton, who probably qualifies as both and is pictured above walking away from the convention hall on Wednesday as everyone else was filing in to watch the roll call vote and the Bill Clinton speech.
This sort of recognizable politico/media face was a dime a dozen in Denver: Anderson Cooper chatting on the CNN Grill patio; George Stephanopoulos riding the down escalator in the convention hall, reaching across to touch the arm of Washington Senator Patty Murray, who was riding up; Wolf Blitzer dancing at Mile High with Donna Brazile; Gavin Newsom holding court in a Pepsi Center hallway with a beautiful woman on his arm; John Aravosis of Americablog having afternoon cocktails at the Media Matters party; Walter Mondale pulling up on a busy downtown street, opening the door to his SUV, not noticing a pile of police-horse-shit right beneath him, getting warned by some passers by, and moving on; Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos holding a press conference outside the bloggers’ Big Tent; Harold Ford at a shmancy party at the Denver Art Museum, accompanied by a hot white woman of exactly the type he got attacked for associating with in that famous commercial; Charles Schumer, in awful boat shoes and bad khakis, doing a rendition of “Lipstick on My Collar” for a group of attractive women at the same party; Nebraska Senate candidate and New Yorker Talk of the Town hottie Scott Kleeb, smoking outside the Rolling Stone party and complaining about how The New Yorker drew him with his jeans tucked into his boots, which is not how he wears them; and on, and on.
It was somewhat interesting to see these sorts of semi-celebs outside of the electric boxes they usually inhabit. But far more interestingóbecause less numerous, more eclectic, and less intimately connected to the subject at handówas the collection of actual celebrities who popped up here and there in Denver, going about their conventioneering business.
Our list, compiled from sightings with our very own eyes or those of our Denver friends:
Charles Barkley on the Pepsi Center floor watching preparations for the Hillary Clinton speech; Spike Lee strolling through downtown; Susan Sarandon being introduced to RZA outside a performance by Bill Maher; two actors from Mad Men who, having just finished up shooting their last show of the season, and having then immediately jumped on a jet to get to Obama’s speech, were rushing into Mile High Stadium; Wendell Pierce from The Wire headed toward a security checkpoint; Joe Pantoliano of The Sopranos at the above-mentioned museum party; and a bunch of others whose activities couldn’t be remembered at the moment: Steven Spielberg, Ken Burns, Matthew Modine, Cornel West, and, finally, Annette Bening.
Not a bad for four days at a political function.