Could Betty White be the comedic force to counter the Republican National Convention's much-talked-about speech by Clint Eastwood? 


Progressives are adding their names to a petition on urging officials at the Democratic National Convention to invite the 90-year-old actress to introduce President Obama on Sept. 6. 


"Clint Eastwood, the Republican's 'mystery guest' at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney," the petition states. "Take action today if you want to see a real [old] Hollywood icon get a political introduction right!"


Truly, White would be the perfect juxtoposition to Eastwood's appearance last week, described as "a meandering and muttering monologue" by Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald.


"Consider: on the most-important night of Romney’s political life, his campaign allowed an aging actor to participate in a highly scripted primetime event with no script," Caputo wrote. "Actors love scripts. If they don’t have them, they can wind up talking to chairs."


Certainly, White would be on script, but she brings the kind of warm and welcoming disposition that the Democrats would rather have the evening emote. Plus, she would be hilarious. 


"Betty's many years of entertaining us and many years of standing up for important causes make her the ideal response to the GOP's 'mystery' guest," wrote one commenter on the petition. "Betty always comes from love, something we cannot say about Clint Eastwood. She projects a warm and loving persona to which we can all aspire. The DNC would be lucky to have such a wise and wonderful individual introduce President Obama."


So far, more than 8,000 people have signed the petition since it went live Monday. To add your name to the list, jump here


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Should Betty White intro President Obama at the DNC?
A petition urging Democrats to invite the 90-year-old comedian to introduce Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention is gaining steam.