Update: More Celebrities To Visit East Carolina University

Actors for Senator Barack Obama have put their support behind the Senator by traveling to colleges across the state to get students registered to vote.

Ellen Pompeo who currently plays "Meredith Grey" in the show "Grey's Anatomy", and Danielle Panabaker, star of "Shark", spoke to a modest crowd of students this afternoon at East Carolina University.

The women are traveling from campus to campus to encourage college students to vote early.

Since North Carolina is considered a battle ground state in the election, the Obama campaign pays from them to travel to stump for him.

This can also become a scarifice for the actresses who became vocal about their politically views while working on popular T.V. shows.


Ellen Pompeo who currently plays “Meredith Grey” in the show Grey’s Anatomy, and Danielle Panabaker, star of Shark, will be at East Carolina University Sunday, to speak in support of Barack Obama.

Pompeo and Panabaker will address students in the Mendenhall Great Room at the Mendenhall Student Center at 11:30 AM Sunday about the importance of registering to vote and getting involved in this year’s election. The voter registration deadline is October 10, but early voting starts on October 16.

Pompeo and Panabaker will also make stops at UNC Wilmington, Campbell University, Meredith College, UNC Pembroke and NC State University.

Details for the East Carolina event follows:

Sunday, September, 28

11:30 AM

Mendenhall Great Room

Mendenhall Student Center

East Carolina University

701 E. 5th Street

Greenville, NC 27858

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  • by WITN? Location: NC on Sep 30, 2008 at 03:19 PM
    Thank you for answering my question. The reason that I asked is that normally ECU pays people to speak or lecture there.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Sep 30, 2008 at 12:54 PM
    KP, when your husband signed on that dotted line and took that oath, he was agreeing to go to war if the need arose. Whats up with all these people saying that someone joined the military but not to go and fight a war?These people need to take some notes from the WW II generation. How about if they had felt the way folks do now? And hey, they were drafted into the military. If they had been like many of todays generation,we would be speaking German or Japanese, if we were even here.Also, we need more Generals like George S. Patton instead of all these wannabe politicians that they call Generals today.Especially Wes Clark.
  • by KAT Location: Washington on Sep 30, 2008 at 12:31 PM
    I would put about as much faith in what an actor says as I would the little lying red-headed kid two doors down. They act, allowing them to play at something their not. They are paid exorbitant money. It doesn't take a college degree to be an actor. What vast storehouse of knowledge are they basing their opinions on? Who cares what these people say? Certainly not me.
  • by WITN? Location: NC on Sep 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    I'll ask for the third time. Who is footing the bill for these celebraties to come to ECU and other UNC universities? Who's paying for it? Is it state (taxpayer) funds? If WITN won't investigate this (or report what they already know), then I guess I'll have to contact the State Auditor's Office to find out. This is a valid question WITN. Why haven't you informed the public on this?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This was a campaign event and either the Obama campaign footed the cost, or the celebrities did themselves. Just because it happened at a public university doesn't mean taxpayer funds were involved.
  • by Ruby Location: Greenville on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM
    If nobody's noticed yet & it doesn't take much to notice, most national tv stations, tv shows, news media (but Fox News) are 100% Obama. It's so one-sided it is sickening to watch. That's why people say they're not watching TV anymore. The young people who don't have to pay house/property taxes yet, you go vote for Obama. You'll see in a few years how your views begin changing. I work for a living, & don't like paying for those who don't, our soldiers are NOT fighting "for nothing", (shame on those who think so), read some history books to get in touch with what "being American" means, or go live somewhere else if you're not going to respect our war veterans, and it takes parents to raise children, not communities (what hogwash).
  • by B Location: G on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    I cant wait for November, then we can go back to hating each other for good reasons.
  • by Brad Location: Greenville on Sep 30, 2008 at 07:25 AM
    James, Steve is correct. People your age believe in the obama fantasy world because you have very little life/political experience. You seem to believe that obama can make everything happen that he claims. Not reality. And yes, regardless of what you might think, celebrities do attempt to use their public status to try and influence you. They think their opinion is the only way because the majority of them think they are a little more important than you and I.
  • by James Location: Greenville on Sep 30, 2008 at 06:18 AM
    "Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt."- Herbert Hoover. Steven, your kind of attitude is another thing wrong with this country. Rather than attempt to educate, you just sit around on the computer and call our generation stupid. If there's something wrong with our youth today, who is responsible? The parents. I'll say it again. Parents. That's a huge platform of Obama's: Fulfilling responsibilities within the family. It takes a community to raise a child. I may be young, but that is something I understand. I wasn't old enough to vote for Bush in his second term, so citizens my age had absolutely no bearing on the way the country has been organized since. Now that we have a voice, again you want us silenced. Eventually in life, children grow and have to clean up after their parents. Now is the time and a majority of us are making the right decision for our nation. We don't need Grandpa War-Story and I-Live-Near-Russia Hockey Mom; The nation need leaders.
  • by KP Location: New Bern, NC on Sep 30, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    Ashley... "take a look around and notice that these men and women CHOSE to go over there no one was forced to go, These men and women signed up becuase they wanted to fight for there country." You have lost your (deleted) mind! My husband JUST returned from Iraq on Sunday from his THIRD deployment. When he was 20, he certainly did not join the Corps with the intentions of fighting in a war. MOST military personnel needed the money for their families to survive. He has been very successful in the MC and that is why he stays...he has a family to support. If he did have a choice whether to deploy or not, trust me...he'd be at home with me and his 2 beautiful children. And YOU are the one who sounds stupid. Anyone who would admit they voted for Bush TWICE, is definitely the stupid one. LOL!

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2008 at 05:04 AM
    Why is it that celebs like Oprah and David Letterman have any bearing on the Presidential election?

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