A campaign is under way to add Betty White to the speaker lineup at the Democratic National Convention. Petitioners see her as the liberal alternative to Clint Eastwood, who made a much-discussed speech at the Republican National Convention.
A Facebook page, Bring Betty White to the DNC, has more than 20,000 likes.
The page suggests, “If you agree that Betty White would be a great addition to the DNC, "LIKE" and share this page! @bettymwhite #BettyWhiteDNC on twitter!.”
A petition to bring actress to the podium at the Times Warner Cable Arena or the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte also exists at Change.org.
The petition, which more than 4,000 have signed, says, “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.
“You know what?
“Governor Romney can have Clint Eastwood and his improvisational skills because President Obama has the one and only Betty White!
“Take action today if you want to see a real [old] Hollywood icon get a political introduction right!”
Eastwood had a long and rambling conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama and used an empty chair for his prop.
“Mr. President, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were running for election, and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people?” he said at one point to the chair.