Actor Cleese wants to pen Obama's speeches

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- John Cleese, one of Monty Python's founders, says he has offered his speech-writing services to U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The British-born Cleese, now living in California, said he may be otherwise occupied until a November trip to Europe "because if Barack Obama gets the nomination I'm going to offer my services to him as a speech writer because I think he's a brilliant man," Cleese told the Bristol Evening Post.


Obama is battling Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Cleese also told the British newspaper he planned to return to Bristol during the summer to raise funds for the Bristol Zoo.

"I have a very strong feeling for conservation as I am aware of the need to do all we can to preserve the world as we have it, despite the ever-growing population," Cleese said.

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