Like Oprah, Ashton says he became a supporter of President-elect Obama after his 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention. Ashton says he and Demi were able to attend a gathering with the then-Senator Obama, who had yet to declare his run for presidency. "He said, 'Making a decision like that is going to affect my whole family. It's going to affect my wife. It's going to affect me. And I have to take into consideration how it's going to affect them before I can make that decision for myself.' And I thought, 'If we have somebody who can run our country and see the world in that way—where he's thinking about their best interests before our own, about family, about the world—that's a world I want to live in,'" Ashton says.