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Borat -- with Colbert out? -- Backs 'Obamas' for President

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Borat -- with Colbert out? -- Backs 'Obamas' for President

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First, faux pundit Stephen Colbert disrupted the race for the White House (for about two weeks). Now another fake rightwing journalist, Borat Sagdiyev, has interjected himself into the race -- not by running for office, like Colbert, but by backing a candidate.

Welcome or not, Sen. Barack Obama -- or "Obamas" as Borat put it -- got the nod.

Borat, like Colbert, is pushing a new book, just published today. This scrapbook-like volume, which received a fullpage ad in The New York Times earlier this week to launch it on its way, carries twin titles: "Touristic Guidings to Minor Nation of U.S. and A." and "Borat: Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." You have to flip it over halfway through to read the other guidebook.

He is appearing at a Borders bookstore in L.A.'s Westwood tonight.

His book, full of vulgarity and pictures of Borat/Cohen in his "sexy" bathing outfit, includes advice to Kazakhs on how to get their wife's cage through U.S. customs. For the U.S. visitor it claims to republish most of the maps and pictures of his native country that have ever existed.

Asked by Reuters who he backed for president, Borat (real last name "Cohen"), replied, "I cannot believe that it possible a woman can become Premier of US and A - in Kazakhstan, we say that to give a woman power, is like to give a monkey a gun - very dangerous. …

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