Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Jon Voight asks Republicans to 'bring an end to this false prophet, Obama'
Barack Obama "portrayed himself as a moderate but turned out to be wildly radical", so said Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie's father, at a Republican fundraiser in Washington last night. The actor was the host of a dinner at the Washington Convention Centre that raked in nearly $15m for conservative candidates. Voight ripped into the president: "Everything Obama has recommended has turned out to be disastrous." Voight then aimed his venom at other Democrats including Senate leader Harry Reid, White House aide David Axelrod and House speaker Nancy Pelosi for contributing to what he claimed was the "downfall of the country". The presence of former Republican vice-presidential candidate and current governor of Alaska Sarah Palin added to the drama of the evening. In March Palin was slated to be the keynote speaker at the dinner. She was then replaced by former House speaker Newt Gingrich. After much public squabbling, Palin agreed to attend the dinner but did not speak at the event.