Following the lead of a long list of celebrity actors, musicians, and TV personalities that includes media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro, Kermit the Frog officially announced his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Barrack Obama today.
“For the most part, I feel that he is the right man for the job,” said Frog via telephone interview from his home in Malibu. “He represents the hope and the change that I think many people feel is long overdue. His strong showing in this campaign is indicative of that.”
For his part, Frog is no stranger to change, although it has not always been good. A mysterious and sudden voice change in the 1992 movie “The Muppet Christmas Carol” nearly derailed a prominent career.
However, Frog did candidly admit that a small part of his endorsement of the senator from Illinois was rooted in an ulterior motive.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was excited about the prospect of a person of color breaking the ultimate glass ceiling,” said Frog, now 57. “As a person of color myself – that being green – I’d be remiss if I said it wasn’t a factor at all.”
Despite his longtime celebrity status, Frog has not been immune to the sting of racial discrimination. He once released a song entitled “It’s not Easy Being Green”, which served as a personal testament to the hardships he had suffered. At the time, it was one of the more popular and influential songs of the post-Civil Rights era.
“For the first time in my adult life, I am truly proud of my country,” admitted Frog. “To think that Mr. Obama could actually be the President of the United States, it’s just such an inspiration.”
“It makes you believe in anything. Maybe one day we could even see the first Muppet president. Although some might argue that President Bush has already beaten us to the punch on that one.”
It seems that many of Frog’s contemporaries have also jumped on the Barack bandwagon. Just last week, Rowlf the Dog put on a benefit concert for the Obama campaign that was emceed by Fozzie Bear. In addition, longtime friends Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, are both outspoken proponents of federal funding for stem cell research, a position which Obama has championed.
However, most would agree that it is Animal, the popular drummer of The Electric Mayhem Band, who has been the loudest and most boisterous supporter of Obama.
“Hope!!! Change!!! Hope!!! Change!!! Yah! Yah! Yah! Yah! Yah! Yah! Yah!” screamed Animal repeatedly when asked why he endorsed Obama’s presidency.
Contrary to his endless praise of Obama, Kermit the Frog does not hold his opponent, New York Senator Hillary Clinton, in nearly such hallowed regard.
“Maybe I’m not the best person to talk about this, because in my experience women have always bossed me around,” said Frog. “Take my ex-wife, Miss Piggy, for example. I’m sure I’ll catch hell for saying this, but I never really loved her.”
“It was obvious to everyone. But she didn’t care. The only reason I ever married that virago was because she threatened me with violence if I didn’t. She thought that because we were two of the most popular Muppets that we should naturally be together. I didn’t see it that way. To me, love is the most important thing. You can’t build a relationship based upon outward appearances.”
“I just get that same kind of vibe from Hillary. I could be wrong, but I don’t think she seems like a very nice person.”