Polichicks: February 2009 Archives
Fabulous and fierce, Silda Wall Spitzer is back.
But don't call it a comeback, because she's not the one who did anything wrong. In the March issue of Vogue (the one with Michelle Obama on the cover), Silda breaks her silence for the first time since her husband, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, resigned after getting caught up in a prostitution scandal. Silda talks briefly about the scandal, but on a more interesting note, chats about her new job as a fund manager and her work with Children for Children, a charity that she founded.
For more, pick up the March Vogue on news stands now.
The White House released Michelle Obama's official portrait on Friday. Loves it? Tell us in the comments.
Update: Mrs. Obama's dress is by Michael Kors.
First Lady Michelle Obama chats People up on the first family's life in the White House. Her point? First families are people too. (Har. Geddit?) Check out a portion over here. Still want more? Pick up an issue on news stands now.
Music star John Legend put The New York Post on blast for publishing a cartoon (above)depicting two cops standing over the bleeding body of a chimp that they've just shot to death. Critics of the cartoon claim that the dead chimpanzee was meant to represent President Barack Obama in a racist fashion (chimps have historically been a derrogatory symbol of African Americans) , as the caption on the cartoon reads "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill." Barack Obama is widely viewed as the "spokesperson" for the stimulus bill.
Here's John Legend's letter to the editor, published in Friday's New York Post:
I'm trying to understand what possible motivation you may have had for publishing that vile cartoon depicting the shooting of the chimpanzee that went crazy. I guess you thought it would be funny to suggest that whomever was responsible for writing the Economic Recovery legislation must have the intelligence and judgment of a deranged, violent chimpanzee, and should be shot to protect the larger community. Really?
Did it occur to you that this suggestion would imply a connection between President Barack Obama and the deranged chimpanzee? Did it occur to you that our president has been receiving death threats since early in his candidacy? Did it occur to you that blacks have historically been compared to various apes as a way of racist insult and mockery? Did you intend to invoke these painful themes when you printed the cartoon?
If that's not what you intended, then it was stupid and willfully ignorant of you not to connect these easily connectable dots. If it is what you intended, then you obviously wanted to be grossly provocative, racist and offensive to the sensibilities of most reasonable Americans. Either way, you should not have printed this cartoon, and the fact that you did is truly reprehensible. I can't imagine what possible justification you have for this. I've read your lame statement in response to the outrage you provoked. Shame on you for dodging the real issue and then using the letter as an opportunity to attack the Rev. Sharpton. This is not about Sharpton. It's about the cartoon being blatantly racist and offensive.
I believe in freedom of speech, and you have every right to print what you want. But freedom of speech still comes with responsibilities and consequences. You are responsible for printing this cartoon, and I hope you experience some real consequences for it. I'm personally boycotting your paper and won't do any interviews with any of your reporters, and I encourage all of my colleagues in the entertainment business to do so as well. I implore your advertisers to seriously reconsider their business relationships with you as well.
You should print an apology in your paper acknowledging that this cartoon was ignorant, offensive and racist and should not have been printed.
I'm well aware of our country's history of racism and violence, but I truly believe we are better than this filth. As we attempt to rise above our difficult past and look toward a better future, we don't need the New York Post to resurrect the images of Jim Crow to deride the new administration and put black folks in our place. Please feel free to criticize and honestly evaluate our new president, but do so without the incendiary images and rhetoric.
Rupert Murdock, Chairman of The New York Post, apologized Tuesday for the decision to run the cartoon.
This is one of our favorites:
You are young. So you know everything. You leap into the boat and begin rowing. But, listen to me. Without fanfare, without embarassment, without any doubt, I talk directly to your soul. Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and listen to me. There is life without love. It is not worth a bent penny, or a scuffed shoe. It is not worth the body of a dead dog nine days unburied. When you hear, a mile away and still out of sight, the churn of the water as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the sharp rocks--when you hear that unmistakable pounding--when you feel the mist on your mouth and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls plunging and steaming--then row, row for your life toward it.
-- Mary Oliver, West Wind 2
Happy Valentine's Day, Polichicks!
In one fabulous little op-ed, writer Jeanne McManus sums up the point of Polichicks: a woman's ability to be both mentally and fashionably fierce should be covered by the press. Some readers, us Polichicks included, like to read about a woman's (or a man's) smart fashion choices just as much as her intelligent policy decisions. "I enjoy reading about Michelle Obama's clothes," McManus writes. "I like to know what she's wearing, appreciate details about her shoes and gloves, wonder where she got her necklace."
We're so on the same page. Do we care to hear Michelle Obama's message? Yes. Do we want to know what she's wearing when she delivers it? Hells yes!
McNamus implores the press to give us more of what she wore: "I think we have an opportunity for another kind of change in the coverage of a woman who thinks smart, talks smart and looks smart. Why can't we readers be allowed to see the whole picture?"
First Lady Michelle Obama graces the March 2009 cover of Vogue. Inside, an interview and profile written by Andre Leon Talley. (Love him!) Read up over here.
Meghan McCain is still blogging. Photo from GQ.
Whatever happened to Meghan McCain, daughter of John and founder of McCainBloggette? Well, if anybody would know, it would be your plucky, know-it-all friends at Polichicks, right? Right!
The Washington social scene is abuzz about a new arrival in town: the fun and fabulous Desiree Rogers, who is The White House Social Secretary. What do we know about Miss Rogers? So glad you asked! Because, as usual, we can't wait to tell. (And when we tell, we tell it all girlfriend!) So keep reading.
* Smart as a whip, Miss Rogers is a Wellesley grad and Harvard MBA
* She is fly from well-coiffed head to Jimmy Chooed toe (Check out her pic from a Vogue photoshoot above)
* She was appointed by a Republican Illinois governor to run the Illionois lottery, and she once served as an alternate delegate at the Republican National Convention
* She was once president of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas in Chicago
* She passed on her brainy genes: daughter Victoria is a freshman at Yale
* She prefers American designers
* She hails from New Orleans (A social secretary who totally gets mardi gras! What could be more parfait?!)
* Her favorite expression is "laissez les bon temps rouler!" So let the good times roll, honey!
Want more scoop?
Check out an interview with Miss Rogers in Vogue here.
Listen to an NPR interview with Miss Rogers here.
Watch a CNN interview with Miss Rogers below.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck defended Sarah Palin against Ashley Judd's attack on her wolf killing policies. "A lot of these vocal celebrities ...get very loud about these animal killings.... Is [Judd] as loud about the 260,000 kids that are killed in abortions each year?" asked Hasselbeck.
As usual, Elisabeth and the other ladies on The View didn't see eye to eye on the topic at hand. When Whoopi Goldberg and the other ladies suggested that Hasselbeck had gone too far with her comments, she retorted, "What is this the socialist table here?"
Watch the battle here.
Sarah Palin and your typical environmentalist - not exactly BFFs. Actress, animal lover and environmental advocate Ashley Judd (in cahoots with Defenders of Wildlife) is taking potshots at Palin for her stance on wolf killing. "I am outraged by Sarah Palin's promotion of aerial wolf killing - this cruel, unscientific and senseles killing has no place in America," Judd said.
Since the release of Judd's video, Palin has defended her policy as animal control. "Alaskans depend on wildlife for food and cultural practices which can't be sustained when predators are allowed to decimate moose and caribou populations," Palin said in a statement. "Our predator control programs are scientific and successful at protecting vulnerable wildlife."
Get well wishes to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who underwent surgery yesterday in New York for pancreatic cancer.
Polichicks is all about who's in and who's out, so...
Michael Steele: The former Lt. Governor of Maryland and (unsuccessful) U.S. Senate candidate has just been elected Chairman of the Republican National Committe. He is the first African American to hold this post. (We know what you're thinking: "Isn't the phrase 'black republican' an oxymoron?" Guess not.)
Eric Holder: Holder was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as United States Attorney General. He is the first African American to hold this post.
So Totally Out
Blago: The now former governor of Illinois was booted out of office with a swift kick in the ass by the Illinois State Senate. Blago - full name is Rod Blagojevich, but that's just two many letters for girls who type with one finger - has a "potty mouth," according to Joy Behar of The View, and tried to sell Obama's open senate seat to the highest bidder, according to everybody else. Who's upset by his ouster? Craig of Craig's List fame and a few higher ups at eBay.
Jennifer Hudson sang our National Anthem at the SuperBowl on Sunday.