Campaign Confidential

Larry David Thinks Obama Would Make a Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good President

By Daniel Treiman

Barack Obama has a surly nebbish stumping in the Dartmouth College dorms for him — “Seinfeld” co-creator and star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Larry David.

“Haven’t we had enough with Bushes and Clintons and Bushes,” David told students. “The country needs a shower, a good, long, hot shower. That’s what Obama is, a hot shower. So fresh you can smell him, delicious.”

According to The Dartmouth, David “avoided serious responses to students’ questions on policy issues.” Instead, he left that task to his celebrity co-campaigners, Arianna Huffington and his agent, Ari Emanuel. (Emanuel, like David, provided the inspiration for an HBO series character, super-agent Ari Gold on “Entourage,” and is also the brother of Democratic political powerbroker, Rep. Rahm Emanuel — who is in the now-dicey position of being a Clinton loyalist in Chicago.)

While shying from the serious issues, David was in top form when asked which “Seinfeld” character would make the best president.

“Newman,” David answered. “Because every time he would give a press conference and walk up to the podium, everyone would say, ‘Hello Newman.’”

Hat tip: Politico’s Ben Smith.

UPDATE: Arianna Huffington has a nice account of David’s appearance here. He actually gave a pretty substantive response to a student who asked about Obama’s preparation for the presidency.


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