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That’s a threat the president faces in places well beyond Hollywood.

Ken Sunshine, a prominent public relations consultant who has represented entertainers and politicians, thinks that ultimately “the activist community in entertainment and everywhere else will come home and support the president’s re-election with the same degree of enthusiasm as before _ if for no other reason than … consider the alternative!”

“But once we help him get re-elected,” Sunshine adds, “then we really hold his feet to the fire in the second term.”