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Sam Jackson skips the Oscars for Obama

February 25, 2008 |  7:04 pm

Shockingly overlooked by the Oscars for his role in last year's "Black Snake Moan" -- he reportedly spent hours learning to play blues guitar, which ought to count for something -- Samuel L. Jackson still could have been a presenter at Sunday night's awards show. But he passed that up, too.

In the process, though, he might have sealed an invite to an inaugural ball.

On location in Louisiana for the film "Soul Men," he crossed the state line Sunday ...

to do his part to help Barack Obama's chances in Texas' March 4 Democratic presidential primary. Specifically, he stumped for his candidate in East Texas; his stops included a rally at Eddie Towles Telephone Repair Service & Phone Center in the city of Longview.

According to the local paper's account, Jackson provided a six-minute spiel on Obama for the more than 400 attendees. He also held forth at a news conference and signed autographs for about 30 minutes (perhaps explaining the crowd size).

If Obama ends up taking the oath of office next January, Oprah Winfrey, obviously, will have the pick of parties. But Jackson seems good for at least a couple of decent tickets.

-- Don Frederick