December 31st, 2007
09:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Superman swoops in to defend Obama

 Iowa-born actor Brandon Routh (aka Superman) stumped for Obama Sunday.

Iowa-born actor Brandon Routh (aka Superman) stumped for Obama Sunday.

INDIANOLA, Iowa (CNN) - He may be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but Superman can’t caucus.

Actor and Iowa native Brandon Routh is better-known for his role as Superman, but Sunday night he made a cameo appearance on the campaign trail, speaking on behalf of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama at a rally in Indianola, Iowa.

Routh says he is "sad" that he can't caucus any more because he no longer lives in the Hawkeye State, but he says he's "excited" by Obama's ability to unite the country. He also says he likes that Obama is not taking money from lobbyists or special interests.

Routh says he hopes his visit will empower people to caucus for Obama.

Routh is a former fashion model turned actor. He appeared on several television series before being cast as the title hero in the 2006 film Superman Returns.

–CNN Political Producer Matt Hoye

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. X, Madison WI

    In a Country as blessed as the United States, its very pitiful that in this day an age, there are still quite a lot of stupid people.
    – And get this, Americans are probably the stupidest lot in any Western Country.
    – If at this stage, you find it prudent to resort to the same ol negative, mud-slinging attacks, you're pathetic and you need to go to school
    – His middle name is Hussein; so what? Does the constitution not prevent a religious test for our elected officials?
    – ROME fell because its people lost their moral compass and also because the people were so stupid, misinformed and not smart enough to know which is which.
    This country will fall if we do not insist on education – especially for all this morons who suddenly think Barack is somehow connected to Osama because their last names rhyme. My God, people are stupid in this country.

    December 31, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Amy

    I don't know or care what this actor's motivation is when it comes to Obamasizing. I just know this is the best looking actor in Hollywood/Iowa today. Wooooo Hooooo! – still not gonna vote for Obama though.

    December 31, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Tommy Hitler, Powder Springs, Ga

    Why is everyone being so mean to Mr. Obama? I like what he has to say. He reminds me a lot of my Dad.

    December 31, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Linda

    I am so glad that Obama can have so many rich people to stand by his side. Wonderful, don't you think, but where are the poor people of this nation? Where is the little boy standing on the street corner holding out his hand for a few dollars to take to mom for bread? the Man who slleps on the street under the box he found in the alleyway? Yeah, We need someone just like him. He believes in money, standing goer his "right" not to stand for anything that America stands for. He stands for saying no to the flag, to God, to anything that you just don't believe in.

    Well, personally, I don't think anybody really knows what they believe in any more. They've been told every thing is alright as long as that's what they want and it feels good.

    Our country is messed up!

    December 31, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Jack Snow

    Funny how the press all but gave Hillary a double mascetomy for using a southern accent in one of her stump speeches but didn't pass comment when Barack used his "in da hood" voice when he said "a black man named Obama running for president needs hope..."
    Git me to thinking how the press is terrified of taking this clown head on. The last think this country needs is a tepid press afraid to confront a president in fear they are not PC compliant. The press is our last bastion to the truth and I don't want that compromised because they frightened their criticism would sound racist. Barack is treated with kid gloves and its shameful. I once had a political science professor who served in RFK's atty gen office. He said that JFK would march his prostitutes through the oval office
    in full view of the press corp and the press said nothing.
    They were in awe of him. I'm afraid this rock star image Barack has will make him the teflon prez. And thats a check and balance we can't risk.

    December 31, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. D'Angora

    Wow!! he played Superman in the worst and least successful Superman film ever. His public endorsement shows what an ego maniac this guy is. A never was celeb trying to push his views on others to get some publicity for himself. Oprah couldn't help Obama, but the guy who only teen age girls and maybe gay guys (who mostly support Clinton) is gonna make a huge impact. Get over yourself!!!

    December 31, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Launi

    I am amazed at how dumb some of these comments are! We are really concerned about the Name of the president, and the fact that he is 50% Black and 50% white. Who cares! I hope this is not the same America of many many years ago, filled with ignorance and hatred. I would hope we have grown and can show the world that we can genuinely look at the candidates as equal human beings and just vote in the way that we feel is best. Not based on utter nonsense. All of the candidates have different valid points and good records in some things and not in others. Pick the candidate that stands for the things you believe in...Period!

    December 31, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Hope

    What a mockery this is. I agree with X from Madison there are so---– many stupid people in this country. I don't agree with the people that are knocking Obama's name or religion (which ever it may be?) I personally think Obama is a joke and a bigger one for thinking he has a chance. The person to follow Bush into the whitehouse will have to be one of strength. That would be Clinton. Whether some like it or not she brings more than her to the whitehouse. She brings one of the most popular presidents in our history back in with her. God bring us back the country we had before Bush destroyed it.

    December 31, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Obama continues to be a threat to national maturity.

    Fresh man rookie, Obama with his big ego, and little experence continues his up hill struggle for the democratic nomination.

    We must remember that we need a canadate who will beat the republicans.
    Edwards, or Clinton have much better odds.

    December 31, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Mike, Austin Texas

    Superman cannot caucus but apparantly misinformed and fearful people can. Why is it that people love to complain about the current state of affairs that our country is in but yet when it comes to stand up and put your vote where your mouth is with a real chance to make a difference and make a change they take a step backward rather than forwards? Hillary is old government. The old way. Is she competent? Yes, athough her inability to stick to what she says draws at least my concern. But the real question is will she make real change and that answer is no. Her ideas and views of politics are strong in how we got things done before they will not stand up to where the world is going especially in the growing competitive global arena and I mean that on all fronts, education, economy, military, health, jobs, etc.

    Obama is not a bunch of lip service. He has real agendas for change. Is he lacking in experience? Perhaps but that depends upon what "experiences" your talking about and what has the previous politicians "experiences" done for our country? How have they moved it forward?

    If the best you have is to talk about how having the name "Hussein" makes him a muslim or that hes black and only interested in minorities, or that he's too nice or inexperienced, I would ask you why it is you have nothing but excuses when it comes to choosing a candidate with a real chance at making change that is drastically needed in this country? Is that the best you got for trying to mask your own fears?

    It's time for positive change. The world is growing and we need to grow with it as a leader to set the precedent for a country our children and our childrens children can be proud to live within and feel safe with a real opportunity to succeed.

    -Obama 08.

    December 31, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. apollo adams

    Fresh man rookie Obama continues to be a threat to national maturity.

    Obama with his big ego and little experence continues his up hill battle for the democratic nomination.

    We all know we need a canadate who can beat the republicans. like hillary or Edwards.

    December 31, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Nita

    I know I know what Clinton can do!!! She can have a concert with Madonna and Striesand. And, maybe Rob Reiner can MC.? Obama's campaign is something like out of a comicstrip. Amazing that some people honestly support this man. The best way to describe him "empty suit" That's all he is a guy wearing an empty suit. I am backing someone I know can turn this country back around. Ms. Hillary Clinton. I love to listen to this woman speak. The is the pillar of strength.

    December 31, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Chris, Baltimore, MD

    Is it just me, or do the Hillary supporters sound like the right-wing nut jobs on Sean Hannity's message board?

    I'm a Dem, through and through, and I'll be the one of the loudest supporters of the Democratic nominee, no matter who it is. But these right-wing tactics of Hillary's supporters really turn me off.

    I just prefer a new direction with either Obama or Edwards. I still think Hillary is great, just not as great. Plus, Obama and Edwards have a better chance in the general. Let's face it, 49.999% of the country absolutely hates Hillary. That's a tough obstacle to overcome.

    December 31, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Phil From Kansas City, MO

    MY GOD, why are American's so STUPID. After reading these comments, I'm starting to think the government need to invest more money in these schools because the amount of dumb comments I've read inregards to Obama is a cry for help.

    How can you mud-sling a guy you know nothing about. A guy who drove a beat up rust bucket after college. A guy who took a 27,000.00 a year job after Harvard to work in the Ghettos of Chicago. This man has no family ties in politics and has worked hard to get where he is and the best you idiots can do is throw mudd at someone trying to achieve the American Dream.

    Well that tells me a lot about the people of the country I love. There are so many faults of the other candidates and the reason most of you don' like OBAMA is because there isn't any dirt on em', face it, its the truth. You will always tear down something you don't understand or just plain ignorant to.

    Its time for America and its people to just.......WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Julie - Albuquerque, NM

    I will state this AGAIN – do self-inflated celebrities really believe that just because they say so, I'm gonna vote for their chosen politician? COME ON – get off your own pedestal. I'm Democrat but I'll vote Republican before voting for Obama. How's that for all your celebrity endorsements (including what's her name, oh, yeah-Oprah)!

    December 31, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. NEW YORK, NEW YORK

    PREDICTION - HILLARY WILL GET THE NOMINATION – AND WHY.....

    * NOT BECAUSE OF EXPERIENCE – I dont think being fist lady counts, if it does then maybe Chelsea should be vice prsident

    * NOT BECAUSE SHE IS RIGHT ON THE GRAVE ISSUES - SHE IS DEAD WRONG – her vote on Iraq war / her vote on the RESOLUTION Iranian Guard being terrorist – which is an obvious Zionist resolution.

    *NOT BECAUSE SHE IS THE MOST QUALIFIED - SHE IS NOT - JOE BIDEN HAS MORE QUALIFICATIONS – SO THAT ARGUEMENT IS A JOKE...

    FACTS ARE !!! SHE WILL WIN BECAUUUUSE THE SYTEM IS CORRUPT AND SHE IS BEING BACKED IN HER CAMPAIGN BY THE MAJOR HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX - THESE ARE FACTS THAT ARE NOT REPORTED IN THE MEDIA - GEE, I WONDER WHY....

    December 31, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. John

    As far as Obama getting the "youth vote" – you can forget about that: they turn around and go home when they see they have to wait in line with "old people". Obama has spent way too much time lying about his Democratic rivals – to hear Obama tell it, they are all just closest Republicans. The only thing close to "civil rights" that Obama was involved in was a scheme to get federal grants to rehab houses – and that has led to criminal charges for Antoin Rezko – the man who sold Obama a parcel of land abutting his $1.6 million mansion. Obama is mostly a man who has spent way too much time this early in his life writing books that extol – Obama! A legend in his own mind.

    December 31, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. William Z. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    I don't get the whole Obama thing. Another relatively inexperienced politician trying to get elected to an office he's not capable for w sales pitchs of a "New Day" , "Unifying the Country" etc. etc. Sound familiar?? We hear these same lame sales pitch every election from 1 Tell- You- What – You Want-To Hear candidate after another!
    Once the Republican machine gets in gear, It'll tear Obama to shreds! Let's face it.. He's an unrealistic, feel-good but very weak candidate.
    IF you Don't want more of the same & another Republican in the White House,
    IF you truly want to win the coming Presidential election, Then you have to nominate someone who can & will win... & That's Clinton w Edwards as VP.
    Anything else will fail.
    After all... Look what they did to Kerry! After all...Look what they did to America! They actually got a President reelected AFTER he Lied & manipulated us into a War & then failed to win that War! Bin Laden Loved it!
    Use your brains & don't set us up for another failure.
    CLINTON w EDWARDS ..... To Win !!!
    BTW, Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. utah

    obama 08 haters like it or not he is that close with a less than 10% black iowa voting giving hill-bill a race , i am a white man and i like obama, lets go for that change and change for the better

    December 31, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. D'na Calif via England

    Obama NOT BLACK
    (so what if he was) let's disect all candidates ethnic background then, oh sorry I mean color, why just HIM. I want to know why he is being called black and why the others aren't called tan or beige or whatever shade they may be at the time, (because Summertime some people head for the beach and tropics to get DARK, suntan lotions made billionares). He may have less mixture of ethnic backgrounds than you, check you family tree....oh yea, I forgot it doesn't matter if it doesn't show in the skin tone. So your secret may be safe...this is such a waste of time, I don't know why I am even posting....

    Obama SAME GENDER
    as all other candidates except one.He's a man, a person, a human, a father, etc, a non hater, non racist, oh don't forget he's highly intelligent unlike most who are posting here, and GUESS WHAT those posters/bloggers are probably your co workers who grin in your face all week and then post their simple minded coments/hatred here under another name, not all but I do not have time to single out the real dense/dangerous ones.

    Obama VOTE FOR HIM or don't, your choice, freedom of choice, don't hate, get your facts straight before you blog. Don't take what others say and think it is fact and post it here. Know what you are talking about, the facts, just state the facts. Be kind, Unite, don't accuse canidates of not being able to unite when you won't even unite...no details, you should know what the word unite means...Happy New Year

    December 31, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. mario

    What I like about Obama, is he has fresh ideas, and appears to be innovative in his political thinking, i am so tired of this old boys network that has ground our country in this quagmire. Everything is in flux with the current administration. Even the fresh Dems in the congress and senate are still doing the same ol dance as always. As afar as experience in office, don't give me our former NY mayor as an example of experience... sounds too much like the same ol song...
    So pls actually listen to the candidates and make your decision based on your belief in their ability and willingness to fight for the Citizens of the US, i say this bacause so many times the Republicans have said one thing and done exactly the opposite...even when they had no opposition in the house or Senate..to slow them down,,, think about it....
    No the Dems are a slightly different matter, overall i feel the are no where as United as the Republicans have been and this makes them a weaker party as a whole......they spend too much time dodging being pigeon holed instead of standign up for their positions. I believe Obama will stand up even in the face of adversity and stay true to his service for the American People (all American people)..........

    December 31, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Garris

    All those things you write about Gulliani you should investigate where he got the money and power to do them... MOST of that including his crime bill came from the Democrats like Joe Biden and the bills that were passed by them..... I wish more people would put aside the ideology and look strictly at facts.... So what, Obama doesn't have "experience" playing "god" like so many others up there... When you get right down to it, look at what those that did have power accomplish.... NOTHING for the middle income families that are now being broke by more taxes and such. I've never understood how a party that doesn't stand YOU makes you vote against your own self interest..... CRAZY.....

    I'm an independent... I wish more people would leave the parties and make them ALL (parties) work for it. Forget listening to "FOX" and "CNN" and watch CSPAN. Then you'll understand what's really going on.... Watch it for yourself – stop letting someone else TELL you what you should think... It's crazy, when you watch CSPAN and then watch one of the channels mentioned – you will see just how much "SPIN" is actually being put on the issue by BOTH sides.....

    Do yourself a favor, get it FIRST HAND.... become informed.....

    December 31, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. SMOQ

    THIS IS REALLY SILLY, SPENDING SO MUCH TIME DEDICATED TO WHO IS ENDORSING A CANDIDATE AND PRIMARILY REFERRING TO A ROLE THIS ACTOR PLAYED IN A MOVIE........HE IS AN ACTOR.......WHO IS ENDORSING A DARN GOOD CANDIDATE........
    ANY NEWS ON BRANDON WOULD BE BETTER.............
    BECAUSE HE PLAYED SUPERMAN DOES NOT MEAN THAT IS REALLY A VIABLE REASON TO BELIEVE OR DISBELIEVE HIM.
    HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A CHANGE......LET'S REVIEW OBAMA'S POLITICAL RECORD, HIS VOTING RECORD WHILE IN OFFICE........AND THING THAT REALLY MATTER POLITICALLY..........
    HE DID NOT SUPPORT THE WAR IN IRAQ..........
    HE SPEAKS ABOUT THE TRUE NEED TO REPAIR AMERICA, MY PRIDE IN MY COUNTRY IS SHOT ALL DOWN THE TUBES AT THIS POINT.........
    CAN I BELIEVE IN ANY OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES......
    AND AS FAR AS THE EXPERIENCE THING,, I DO BELIEVE THAT HIS EXPERIENCE IS ADEQUATE AND ANY COMPETENT PRESIDENT WILL HAVE A STAFF THAT MAKES UP FOR ANYTHING HE IS MISSING.REMEMBER APRESIDENT MAKES THE FINAL DECISION, BUT ANY PRESIDENT WORTH HIS SALY WILL HAVE COMPETENT PEOPLE AROUND HIM AND NOT JUST YES MEN
    BENT ON TAKING OUR COUNTRY TO RUIN LIKE OTHER WHO SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS

    December 31, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Claude Calgary

    Obamas camp welcomes all, young and old. Young and fresh minds is what is needed in the white house.

    When the pack of lions go on a hunt, The seniors of the group are very greatful to the young that do the hunting yet share with the old or chronologically gifted.

    Young needs old ,and old needs young.

    Obama can win and he can utilize both young, and senior advisors.

    Obama in 08 and please for those that associate Obama with terrorist groups,

    STOP DRINKING THE SWAMP WATER IN THE BACK WOODS!!!!!!

    Bottled water, clear your mind and mouth.

    Obama in 08

    December 31, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. TTODD

    it seems the only people who comment on obama are people who work for clinton's election. THIS is why we need somebody from out of the loop and not politics as usual!!!!!!

    December 31, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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