U.S. President Barack Obama talks with actress Betty White in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington in this handout photo taken June 11, 2012. (REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout)
LOS ANGELES - Social media users are petitioning to have Betty White introduce President Barack Obama at next week’s Democratic National Convention.
Supporters of the move say the “Hot in Cleveland” star will be a good representative of older Americans following Clint Eastwood’s performance at last Thursday’s Republican National Convention.
“Clint Eastwood, the Republican’s ‘mystery guest’ at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney,” the petition reads.
“Governor Romney can have Clint Eastwood and his improvisational skills because President Obama has the one and only Betty White!” it adds.
Eastwood’s bizarre, rambling address at the RNC became fodder for late night comics after he debated with an empty chair that he pretended was a stand-in for the Democratic president.
As of 10:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, the White petition on social networking site Change.org has drawn over 2,000 supporters.
White has publicly endorsed the president’s re-election bid. The prominent animal-rights supporter also told Larry King in an interview this summer, that she was taken with first puppy Bo during a visit to the White House this year.
This isn’t the first time White has found herself at the center of a social media campaign. In 2010, online petitions to get the sitcom legend to host “Saturday Night Live” resulted in a well received stint on the popular late night program.