Obama getting mixed reviews from Hollywood?

Reviews from Hollywood are mixed


This is a rush transcript from "The Five," January 11, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: We're going to change it up a little bit and still talk about politics but with a Hollywood angle. There's several people today that were out and about.

George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, and Harry Belafonte because you don't want to miss that one.

Let's start, though, with George Clooney, who had this to say last night.


GEORGE CLOONEY, ACTOR: I really don't think it helps much to have well-known famous people campaigning for you. I don't think it does you a lot of good. But you do fundraisers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you following it this time around?

CLOONEY: Sure. I'm a Democrat. I'm a believer in him. I feel like he's done -- I think he has done a wonderful job and he is having a tough time in a very difficult environment.

And so, I root for him. I root for the president of the United States.


PERINO: And he would know, because Clooney has played a president on the big screen, right?

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: He doesn't just root for president. He delayed premier of a movie because he felt it would harm the president in an election process.

I think we did that story.

But celebrities flock to liberal politicians like pigeons to the statue. And the effect is the same. The figure gets covered with a lot of poop. Celebrities have outside view of their own importance and the reason why they attach themselves to politician is for their own ego gratification to make themselves feel important because of deep insecurity about their lack of intelligence.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: I felt bad for the president. I hear him say that. He's had a tough time. Bring the unemployment from 7.8 to average of 9 percent.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: I think it's 8.5 percent.

BOLLING: Average 9 percent.

BECKEL: I'd say 8.5.

PERINO: Can you imagine being their P.R. person, Andrea, and getting them ready for their interview -- like how will you answer the question about politics?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: Yes, that would make me sweat. Some of the celebrities are so uninformed. But isn't Angelina Jolie, she wasn't heaping praise on the president.

PERINO: But not necessarily. But she is -- I think she is a classy lady. She is no Jennifer Aniston but --


PERINO: I'm kidding. I don't even know anything about that. I just read it on the cover of People magazine.

But she -- I think she really puts, you know, she is not do as I say, not as I do. She does the work. She has done a lot of things. She has a movie that has come out, I can't remember the name of it, and I was going to go and see it.

Do you remember, anybody?

GUTFELD: I think it's called "Unicorns and Rainbows."

PERINO: Right. OK.

Anyway, it was about the Bosnian war. She was at the White House today. Actually I think we have video that she and Brad Pitt -- that is a ticket you want to get to go to the Oval Office to see.

But remember when she came to the Bush White House, because she did all that work with the United Nations. And everyone said she could haven't been more lovely. What she said about President Obama was that there were things she thought had gone really well and things that hadn't gone so well. But she didn't detail it.

TANTAROS: She's actually objective.

BECKEL: She focused on AID, which something she has been involved in. And you're right, unlike most of these other celebrities -- you notice celebrities go to Capitol Hill for some cause. They go to congressional committee and that's all you hear about them, right? Whether it's furry dog week or whether it's unicorn week or whatever.

But she does, she has been out and Brad Pitt has been out actually working and AID needs to be reoriented. It is a bureaucracy. It's out of control. But she walks the walk. That is important.

But I tell you, the only celebrities that have ever helped in presidential campaigns as far as I'm concerned is Rock the Vote people who did work with young people. And Sammy Davis Jr. came out for Richard Nixon.

PERINO: Well, Oprah had a big impact for President Obama.

TANTAROS: I think Oprah is one of the only influential -- I don't think celebrities really matter. But I would say Oprah daytime television people thought --

PERINO: Can we do one more, can we get to Harry Belafonte?


GUTFELD: Come on.

BOLLING: Can I just point something out? President Obama was 26 minutes late. He was supposed to be wheels up at 3:00 -- wheels up at 3:26 because of Angelina and Brad Pitt at the White House. But do you where he's going?

TANTAROS: Can you blame him?

BOLLING: He is going to 71, 72, and 73rd fundraisers since --

PERINO: You know what, Eric? Now we don't have time to do Harry Belafonte.

BECKEL: That's right. And you just screwed yourself because Belafonte was particularly rough on Obama like you are and he also makes it up like you do.

PERINO: OK. We are not going to get to Harry Belafonte because we had to talk about Obama.

But Megan, one of our great producers, told me in my ear but she's going to remind me the name of --

BECKEL: Is she working today?

PERINO: "In the Land of Blood and Honey" which I heard mixed reviews but I think I would like to see it.


GUTFELD: I don't know.

BOLLING: I would rather see "Unicorn and Rainbows."

GUTFELD: "Unicorns and Rainbows" -- five stars.

BOLLING: Captain Sprinkles, isn't it?

GUTFELD: Yes, he makes a cameo.

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