Polichicks: July 2008 Archives
Hotties on the Hill [The Hill]
Barack Obama might make an appearance at Lollapalooza. [The Chicago Sun-Times]
Sen.Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican senator in U.S. History, was indicted Tuesday for not reporting that he let corporate executives pimp his crib to the tune of $250,000. [The Washington Post]
PETA wants the Obama family to adopt "a homeless pound puppy." Ma and Pa Obama have promised the wee Obamas a puppy after the election. [The Los Angeles Times]
Not exactly the celebrity endorsement Barack Obama was hoping for.... Legendary record producer Phil Spector (best known for producing The Beatles' "Let It Be" album and "Imagine" by John Lennon) wore a "Barack Obama Rocks" button to his murder trial. Spector is accused of shooting a young actress to death in his home. [The Los Angeles Times]
Cindy McCain wrote an op-ed about her recent visit to Rwanda. "Women are at the forefront of the physical, emotional and spiritual healing that is moving Rwandan society forward. One of them, from eastern Rwanda, told me her story -- a violent, tragic and heartbreaking testimony of courage. She spoke of surviving multiple gang rapes, running at night in fear of losing her life, going days without food or water and witnessing the death of her entire family -- one person at a time, before her eyes." [The New York Times]
Extra Extra! Read all about it over here! The Washington Post reports that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is at the top of Obama's short list for veep.
So who is this Tim Kaine guy anyway? Read on.
- Gov. Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1958 and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He is 50 years old.
- He is a graduate of the University of Missouri (economics major) and Harvard Law School.
- He took a year off from law school to work as a Roman Catholic missionary in the Honduras. There he served as principal at a school that taught carpentry and welding skills to youth.
- He practiced law in Richmond, Virginia for 17 years, representing people who were denied housing because of their race or disability.
- Prior to becoming Governor, he served as a Richmond City Council Member, Mayor of Richmond and Lt. Governor of Virginia under Gov. Mark Warner (who is currently running for U.S. Senate).
- A Roman Catholic, he opposes abortion rights and capital punishment.
- He is married to Anne Holton, daughter of former Virginia Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr., and the only person to live in the Governor's Mansion as a child and adult. The couple has three children, Nat, Woody and Annella.
Michelle Obama. Photo from her BlogHer bio page.
In addition to wife, mother, attorney, and political campaigner, Michelle Obama is adding blogger to her resume. She joins 15 million American women who already have their own blogs.
Michelle's blog will be carried on the BlogHer network. BlogHer, the online community for women who blog, has 26,000 members and is by far the most well known "meeting place" for women bloggers. Way to reach women voters, Michelle! We think this move is smart, smart, smart, expecially when you consider that women make up 54% of the electorate.
Being tech savvy is nothing new to the Obama camp. The campaign has used web organizing tools, blogging, viral video and text messaging to it's advantage from jump. Michelle's blog is yet another extension of the rock solid tech platform that the campaign has built to spread it's message, combat the the messages of political foes and create a momentum now known as Obama-mania.
When it comes to picking a president, ever wonder WWCD (what would Carrie do)? Well, here's where she stands on the issues.
Carrie on the Economy:
"I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet."
Carrie on Technology:
"I don't believe in email. I'm an old-fashioned girl. I prefer calling and hanging up."
Carrie on Civil Rights:
"Maybe the best any of us can do is not quit, play the hand we've been given, and accessorize with the outfit we've got."
Carrie on Violence in Film and Television:
"Welcome to the age of un-innocence. No one has breakfast at Tiffany's, and no one has affairs to remember."
Carrie on Housing and Urban Development:
"Beauty is fleeting, but a rent-controlled apartment overlooking the park is forever."
Carrie on Animal Rights:
"You can't be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat in a cuter outfit."
Carrie on Marriage:
"If you're single, after graduation there isn't one occasion where people celebrate you. Hallmark doesn't make a 'congratulations, you didn't marry the wrong guy' card. And where's the flatware for going on vacation alone?"
When it comes to telling you about cool stuff we got to do, well, let's just say that sometimes we're fashionably late. A couple weeks ago, polichick and handbag designer Margo Schlossberg of Kura Design invited us to preview her new line at a fashion show in Washington, D.C. She promised a good show, and said that her bags would stop traffick.
Indeed they did.
Margo was participating in the Stop Traffick with Fashion show to help raise money for Charity Network, Inc., a humanitarian initiative that works to stop child trafficking. Child trafficking forces children into sexual, domestic, sweatshop and field labor. Margo wants to help stop this horrible crime.
You should check out Margo's Kura Design handbags over here. Why? Because handbags that fight dirt bags are alway in.
Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive and Sen. Barack Obama spoke at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.
Why is Cindi Leive so live? She is editor-in-chief of top women's publication Glamour, has scored one-on-one interviews with each of the presidential candidates, and looks understatedly fabulous in just a simple black dress. Some girls have all the
luck smarts, savvy and style.
Leive sat down recently with Barack Obama and asked his reaction to political attacks on his wife Michelle. "It's infuriating," said the senator, adding later that "rarely do these foks have the guts to say it to [my] face." In defense of Michelle, he asserted:
Everybody who knows Michelle knows how extraordinary she is. She's ironically the most quintessentially American woman I know. She grew up in a "Leave it to Beaver" family. She is the best mother I know. And our kids are a testimony to that, because she's really had to raise them, oftentimes without me being there. She's the most honest person I know, she's smart, she's funny, so yeah, it infuriates me. And I think that it is an example of the erosion of civility in our political culture that she's been subjected to these attacks, and my attitude is that the people who have attacked her in the ways that they have...if they've got a difference with me on policy, they should debate me. Not her.
You can read a lengthier excerpt of Leive's interview with Obama in Glamour's Glamocracy blog over here. The full interview will be published in Glamour's October issue.
At a fundraiser last week in Houston, President George W. Bush opined on the reason behind America's economic troubles:
Wall Street got drunk, it got drunk...it's one of the reasons I asked you to turn off your TV cameras. It got drunk and now it's got a hangover. The question is how long will it sober up, and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments.
Complete story and video are over here.
Here's Meghan McCain, dressed to impress at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner back in April. Will she wear a similar style to the Inaugural Balls in January or will the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner be the closest she ever comes to Inaugural Ball like festivities? Stay tuned to find out on November 4th.
Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad at the White House Correspondent's Dinner in April 2008. Getty Images photo from here.
And while we're on the topic of The Hills, turns out Lauren Conrad is a Republican just like her frenemy Heidi Montag. While at the White house Correspondent's dinner last April, Conrad clapped enthusiasticlly when a reporter from New York magazine asked her if he should vote for a Republican. When he asked if he should vote for a Democrat, she wrinked her nose.
Frenemy Heidi endorsed John McCain earlier this year, and the senator responded that he "never misses an episode of The Hills."
As we said before, Meghan McCain recently met Heidi Montag of The Hills for lunch at The Ivy in Santa Monica, CA. Paparazzi extraordinaire, TMZ.com, captured the two on video in the restaurant's parking lot.
Now this is funny: the paps didn't recognize Meghan and focused their attention on Heidi, often cutting Meghan out of the shot. The joke was on them though, because they missed their money shot, a candid interview with the first daughter wannabe.
Barack and Michelle Obama attend the NAACP Image Awards. Photo from AOL's BlackVoices.com.
AOL's BlackVoices website says that Michelle Obama is "hotter than July." If they mean hotter than July in Washington D.C., well then let us tell you, that's hotter than hell.
The site named Mrs. Obama one of the "20 Sexiest Black Women Over 40," noting:
US magazine recently gave the hottest couple in politics their cover, emblazoned with the headline "Why He Loves Her." Apparently featuring Michelle paid off, as sales of the issue outpaced those for usual tabloid offerings like Jessica Simpson and Heidi Montag. At 44, it seems that America agrees: Mrs. Obama is hotter than July.
Other sexy women on the list include Halle Berry (duh!), Jennifer Beals, Vanessa Williams (she ain't no Ugly Betty), Stacey Dash and Angela Bassett.
Hat Tip: BlackSuperwomen.com
Authorities found thousands of marijuana plants being grown at a Girl Scout camp in Indiana. Girls Scout officials were dismayed to learn of this.
Three adults and one juvenile were arrested for growing the plants.
CBS photo on left.
Hoping to make a fashion statement, a 25 year old Manhattan student decided to sport an "Obama is My Slave" T-shirt. Onlookers were offended, and some teenage girls shoved and spat on her. She was surprised by this response. (What kind of dumbass is she?)
She is now suing Apollo Braun, who designed the shirt and sold it to her for $69. Braun says the First Amendment shields him against the student's lawsuit.
Braun has designed and sold other shirts with anti-Obama slogans. The most popular is his "Who killed Obama?" shirt.
Braun says that he "can't stand" Obama "because he is Muslim." Obama is Christian, not Muslim.
What's on Barry's iPod:
An eclectic collection of Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Earth Wind & Fire, Jay-Z, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Howlin' Wolf, Yo Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, and more. Get the full scoop on Obama's musical tastes over here.
What gave him "the juice and the confidence" (reporter's words) that he could win the presidency:
Three books that inspired him:
"Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, the tragedies of William Shakespeare and probably Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls."
What he calls Bruce Springsteen:
The Boss, because "you've got to."
How rap has helped desegregate American music:
"By definition, rock & roll is rebel music, which means if it's not being criticized, it's probably not doing its job. I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics, but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music. Music was very segregated back in the Seventies and Eighties -- you'll remember that when MTV first came on, it wasn't until Thriller that they played Michael."
He doesn't play:
"...I don't do cowering. You have to respond forcefully, quickly and truthfully to attacks."
His parting words (to the reporter):
"Ok, brother - take care."
Meghan McCain and Heidi Montag outside The Ivy on the Shore in Santa Monica, CA. Photo from US Weekly (uhh.. over here).
Meghan McCain and Heidi Montag did lunch recently at The Ivy on the Shore in Santa Monica, CA.
Polichicks reported earlier that Heidi Montag, LC's frenemy on The Hills, endorsed John McCain for President. To that, McCain responded: "I'm honored to have Heidi's support, and I want to assure her that I never miss an episode of The Hills."
It's Time for Some Campaignin', a little diddy about campaign 08...
Maria Menounos of Access Hollywood interviewed Barack Obama's family (wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha) on the 4th of July. Sasha, 7, dished this scoop about her dad: he doesn't like ice cream. "My dad doesn't like sweets," she explained. "He likes like minty gum. He doesn't like bubble gum."
Meghan McCain and her mom Cindy went to Vietnam to support Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that surgically repairs cleft palettes on children in impoverished countries. (Meghan's younger sister, Bridget, was born with a cleft palette.) In the video below, Meghan shares her experiences working with Operation Smile.
If elected President, Barack Obama will remove the flat screen TV from the Lincoln bedroom in the White House. He says you should read the Gettysburg Address in there, not watch ESPN.
Who does he think he is?! This is another example of a politician trying to force his own morality on the American people.
And it's not the way to win votes from sports enthusiasts and fans of The Hills.
Ebony Magazine has just named Barack Obama one of the 25 coolest brothers of all time.
Now this we can speak to from personal experience. We participated in a conference call with Obama sometime in 2004, before he was senator, before the speech, before he was the man. (And before we knew his name. At the time and for weeks after, we actually thought his name was Obama Barack.)
Anyway, accustomed to the arrogant (but feigned friendly) posturing politicians usually do on these calls, we were surprised - read utterly shocked - when Obama hopped on the phone with a laid back and unassuming "Hey, it's Barack."
We mean, he said it like a "Yo man, what's up, bruh?" response would have been okay. (We elected not to do that, because we would have sounded ridiculous. But somebody cooler than us could have pulled it off.)
Then Barack went on to tell us that he'd just heard from the DNC that "we" (he was inclusive even back then) might have a role at convention. "I don't know what that role will be yet," he said, "but I think it could be an opportunity for us."
The speech. An "opportunity."
Uh, ya think?
MTV's Emmy Award winning Choose or Lose campaign will take over MTV2 today to present programming that will engage its young adult audience in the plight of America's more than one million young troops who have served on the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
MTV News and the 51 MTV/Knight Foundation Street Team will air special reports on young veterans issues. These reports will highlight stories of young veterans in their communities, focusing on the challenges of post traumatic stress disorder, lack of educational benefits, and the difficulties young veterans face as they struggle to acclimate back into civilian life. In addition to these reports, MTV2 will broadcast the following specials:
6:00 pm - Iraq Uploaded
6:30 pm - True Life: I Live in Iraq
8:30 pm - True Life: I'm Shipping Out
9:30 pm - True Life: I'm Coming to America
10:30 pm - True Life: I'm a Civilian Again
John McCain and Barack Obama have each prepared special July 4th video messages in honor of our young troops that will air exclusively on MTV2 today. Recent MTV research shows that 70% of young adults 18 to 29 personally know someone who has fought in Iraq.
John McCain and Barack Obama made July 4th public service announcements for MTV viewers. Watch below.
John McCain's message:
Barack Obama's message:
With all of this traveling and what not, we haven't had a chance to tell you about our inaugural Cocktail Caucus! It was such a blast! We met so many of you fly a** readers, got fabulous makovers and scored a to die for swag bag from CHANEL. And, oh yeah, we talked a whole lotta polichicks.
Jen Nedeau, a writer once described as a "bad ass, classy chick" ( we met her; accurate description), live blogged the Cocktail Caucus on twitter and posted a follow up post about the event on her Absurdities! blog.
(We'll add pix to this post later. Can't seem to shrink them to the right size. Grrrr...)
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Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have finally had "the talk." [The Los Angeles Times]
Cindy McCain reveals to Vogue that she prefers suits by German designer Escada. If she becomes First Lady though, she'll probably switch to American designer Carolina Herrera. (BTW, the attached article is actually about how Cindy's money - girlfriend is loaded - could affect husband John McCain's presidential campaign. We just thought the two sentences about clothes were the most interesting.) [Politico]
John McCain has a new head honcho. Some guy named Steve Schmidt, who's the third man to head up McCain's campaign this year. [The Washington Post]
John McCain supports a ban on gay marriage in California. Barack Obama does not. [The Los Angeles Times]
Elizabeth Edwards headlines Healthcare for America Now, a coalition of liberal organizations that will spend $40 million on an everybody needs healthcare ad campaign. [Politico]
Now this is just ridiculous:
Sheriff says "phenomenal" sex is a job perk. Cuz that's how they roll in the O.C. [The Los Angles Times]
New digital pens will let you write on paper and then transfer the text to your PC. Cool. [The New York Times]
Where the devil needs air conditioning
We haven't posted in a few days, because we took a quick trip to Houston, Texas to see la familia. And man, was it hot! Unbelievably hot! The funny thing was, the native Texans kept saying to us, "Aren't you glad we're having such mild weather?" We were like, "Uh, clearly you don't see us melting at your feet."
Anyway, we're back in Washington D.C., which is hotter than hell but a lot cooler than Texas.
Will post soon.