Actor George Clooney and President Obama (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images)

At BlackAmericaWeb, Michael H. Cottman says that associations with celebrities do nothing to cheapen the office of the president.    

Filmmakers Spike Lee and Tyler Perry have hosted high-end fundraisers for Obama; he's laughed with supporter Lady Gaga and last week Obama treated rock star Jon Bon Jovi to a ride on Air Force One for a fundraiser in New York.

So what's the problem?

Republicans accuse Obama of not being focused while the unemployment rate inches up and they insist that the president is too star-stuck to run the country effectively.

Last week, the Republican National Committee released a Web video called "Meanwhile," which shows unemployment numbers for women, Latinos, African-Americans, and young people under clips from an Obama campaign video of Vogue Editor Anna Wintour talking about hanging out with "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Here's the tag line: "Obama's focused on keeping his job. But what about yours?"

The GOP ad will certainly play well with the Obama haters, but for rational-thinking Americans, this is a classic Republican smokescreen and Misdirection Politics 101.

Read Michael H. Cottman's entire piece at BlackAmericaWeb.

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