In a move that will surprise no one, Barbra Streisand has announced she’ll vote for Barack Obama in Tuesday’s US presidential election.
Long known for her liberal politics, the singer publicized her decision in a video posted by the National Jewish Democratic Council on YouTube. The “Yentl” actress cites Obama’s Middle East policy in the two-minute clip, telling viewers, “President Obama continues to stand strongly with our ally Israel, and in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons while implementing the strictest sanctions ever.”
Streisand also praises Obama, who she describes as “a good man” and “a president we can trust,” for his positions on a litany of other issues, ranging from abortion rights and tax policy to his defense of equality for women and gays.
The “Funny Girl” star also criticizes Republican challenger Mitt Romney for his would-be domestic policies, including his plans to cut taxes on the wealthy and to repeal Obama’s health-care overhaul.
Arguably as polarizing as either candidate, Streisand and her endorsement are surely appreciated by the Obama campaign. We’ll see whether they win over undecided US Jews — or working-class swing voters in Ohio — on Tuesday.