Barack Obama: July 2008 Archives
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.
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.
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."
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."
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: