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Oak Park Native Betty White to DNC?

Step aside, Clint. Online petitions aim to bring Betty White to speak at the Democratic National Convention.

Would you like to see Oak Park's very own Betty White speak at the Democratic National Convention?

Nearly 11,000 people would, according to a still-underway campaign at Change.org. Authored by Peter Slutsky, the petition says the "mystery guest" address given by Clint Eastwood at last week's Republican National Convention "gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney."

On Tuesday, a similar effort on Facebook, "Bring Betty White to the DNC" had more than 32,000 fans. Here's the page's creator Tanino Minneci:

We would LOVE to see Betty at the DNC, but unlike the other convention, we would NOT want to see Ms. White's appearance take away from the important message President Obama will deliver on Thursday night. All media attention on Thursday night should focus on the President and his pitch to the American people.

According to CBS News "Celebrity Circuit," the pairing of Obama and White wouldn't be too far-fetched — White endorsed Mr. Obama for reelection in May and later visited the White House. Here's CBS again:

Earlier this year, the president filmed a birthday greeting for White, joking that he didn't believe she was 90 and asking to see a copy of her birth certificate.

What do you say, Oak Park? Does one of our most famous living legends deserve a slot at the convention? Tell us in the comments.

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