|Julianne Moore at Brenman Park|
Actress Julianne Moore, a former Falls Church resident, appeared at a “Get Out the Vote” cookout sponsored by the Obama re-election campaign in Brenman Park in Alexandria Saturday. The event was aimed at encouraging people to vote early.
Moore, an activist for Planned Parenthood, said she supports the President because of his commitment to reproductive freedom, equal pay for equal work, and health for all.
“I grew up middle class where we all had an opportunity to succeed,” Moore said. “I want that for all children and so does President Obama.” She said she was “incredibly insulted” by Mitt Romney’s comments that indicated he doesn’t care about “the 47 percent” of Americans who don’t pay income taxes.
Moore went to JEB Stuart High School for two years in the late 1970s, said her sister, Valerie Wells, who lives in Loudoun County. Moore “always wanted to be an actress from the time she was a little girl,” Wells recalled, adding that her sister was in plays at Stuart. Their father was in the military so the family moved a lot.
The event, which also featured Tina Tchen, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, was organized to encourage Obama supporters to vote early. People are likely to be eligible to vote early—absentee in person—if they will be out of town for part of the day on Election Day, commute to work and work long hours, or meet one of the other criteria listed on the Office of Elections website.