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Roseanne for president.  Really.

by Naomi Pfefferman

February 4, 2012 | 11:41 am

Here’s the latest entry from Roseanne Barr’s blog on “RoseanneWorld.com:”  “I am pleased to inform you that Roseanne Barr is officially recognized by the Green Party of the United States, Presidential Campaign Support Committee, as a Green Party Presidential Candidate—Tom Yager, co-chair of the PCSC.”  To which Roseanne opines:  “Cool.”

That’s right, folks, Roseanne Barr – the formidable domestic goddess from TV’s “Roseanne” (and a very Jewish domestic goddess in real life), is officially running for president of the United States of America.

Really.

Really, really. 

According to the Associated Press:

The actress-comedian said in a statement that she’s a longtime supporter of the party and looks forward to working with people who share her values. She said the two major parties aren’t serving the American people.

“The Democrats and Republicans have proven that they are servants—bought and paid for by the 1 percent—who are not doing what’s in the best interest of the American people,” Barr said.

Barr said she has been fighting for working-class families and women for decades.

“I will barnstorm American living rooms,” she said in a candidate questionnaire submitted to the Green Party. “Mainstream media will be unable to ignore me, but more importantly they will be unable to overlook the needs of average Americans in the run-up to the 2012 election.”

When the Journal met up with Roseanne last year at her “Full Moon & High Tide” studio in El Segundo (she lives on a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii), she was jokier about her presidential aspirations.  “I am running for president and prime minister of Israel; it’s a two-fer,” she said on camera.  “And I promise in my platform to bring peace to not just both of those nations, but to the entire world within one year, and I won’t go back on my word and I will make it happen.”  How?  “Just with common sense,” she said.  “Everything that makes any kind of sense or has any logic has been completely upended, so all we have to do is reverse it, and that’s how.  Like I would make peace pay off rather than weapon sales and WMD’s (weapons of mass destruction).”  Roseanne said to read Roseanne World for her complete platform.

As for her pitch to run for Israel’s prime minister, she said, “I would actually do the things necessary to bring mashiach now.”

Apparently Roseanne has set those plans aside to focus on the U.S. of A; the Green Party will choose its nominee at its July 12-15 convention in Baltimore.

In the meantime, here’s revisiting our video interview with Barr, in which she discusses her Jewish upbringing, her book “Roseannearchy,” and more.  And of course you won’t want to miss Roseanne singing “HaTikvah” for us (she’d been practicing her singing since infamously screeching out the U.S. National Anthem at a baseball game in 1990). 

 

 

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Naomi Pfefferman Magid is the arts & entertainment editor of the Jewish Journal, where she’s spent the last quarter century interviewing everyone from Seth Rogen, Natalie...

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