Vote for Obama, Save the World? And Some Whales?

Hayden Panettiere asks for Obama at American University rally.

By and + More

Barack Obama held a rally today at American University in Washington, D.C., where he was endorsed by Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. Big deal? Maybe.

More important, Obama seems to have the support of one of Hollywood's most attractive political pundits: namely, Hayden Panettiere of Heroes fame, who attended the campus event. Turns out the little activist was already in D.C. for a Save the Whales campaign. Does anybody care that she's 18 and has never voted in a presidential election before? Nope. She's super hot!

If you don't believe us, here's some exclusive video from AU, taken by video-handy U.S. News reporter Kent Garber.

If you listen closely, you can hear this gem of an exchange:

Police: "In terms of meeting up with him, we would have to wait for the staffer."


Hayden: "That's fine. Let's at least try."
Escort: "I think if they understand who she is they'll probably go and talk to her." So the celeb's escort may have been referencing her involvement in a youth vote campaign and not her superior television skills, but whatever. At least the Obama people let her in when they figured it out—unlike the two students standing nearby who mistook Panettiere for "that girl from The Hills."

Classic.