Recently in Candidate Spouses Category
Such sad news today, ladies.
Elizabeth Edwards died Tuesday morning following a long battle with cancer.
Her family released this statement:
"Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but, she remains the heart of this family. We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life. On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way. Your support and prayers touched our entire family."
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!
Meghan McCain and little Piper Palin made a girlpower video together, behind the scenes of the McCain Palin campaign. Meghan posted the video on her blog at mccainblogette.com.
This month's Harper's Bazaar features Tyra as Michelle Obama. And a delicious hottie named Roman as Barack Obama.
Michelle Obamais fast becoming one of the fashion icons of our day. When Michelle wore a Maria Pinto purple sheath dress with a black Azzedine Alaia belt to her husband's "I am the likely nominee" speech, everybody and their momma wanted one the next day. When she sported a black and white print dress by Donna Riccio on The View, the dress immediately sold out and Riccio had to make 3,000 more to meet demand. And now, Vanity Fair has named Michelle to its International Best Dressed List.
Will Michelle officially become America's First Fashionista? We'll find out on Novermber 4th.
Photo: Michelle Obama in Donna Riccio with co-hosts of The View.
Michelle Obama is on the cover of Ebony this month. She talked to the magazine about her style, getting in some me time, her husband and kids, and of course, politics. You can listen to excerpts of her interview over here.
Also in this issue is an interview with Michelle's mother, Marian Robinson. Mrs. Robinson talks about Michelle's childhood and the road to The White House.
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.
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
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.
Michelle and Barack Obama (mostly Michelle) were on Rachael Ray about a week ago. Rachael tried to play it impartial, but her sparkly eyes and beaming smile totally gave her away as an Obama supporter. She just ate the Obamas up!
Michelle and Barack have date night once a week.
Rachael implied that she loves her dog Isaboo more than the Obamas love their kids. You know the Obamas talked about that later. (But in Rach's defense, she was clearly star struck and these things just happen when you're star struck.)
The Obamas first dance was was to "Unforgettable" (presumably the Nat King Cole version, but if not, they're not as cool as we thought).
Michelle walked down the aisle to a Stevie Wonder song at their wedding.
Michelle said she watches what the kids eat. (Ugh! That probably means no sugar cereals. As in no Lucky Charms and no Cocoa Puffs. And worse, no prizes in the box!)
At the end of the interview, Michelle fondly reached for Rachael and said, "Girl...." Michelle is so regular, and we love it!
We're back! Thank you for your patience. And here's your Daily Polichicks for Tuesday.
Superdelegates 101: Here's all you need to know about them. [NPR]
And more important, here's what to wear to the voting booth. [MTV News]
Cindy McCain's "McCain family recipies" from The Food Network and Rachael Ray. How do you steal from Rachael Ray? [The Huffington Post]
Republican Congressman from Kentucky calls Barack Obama a "boy." WTF? [AP]
Pro-life Pennsylvania lawmakers endorse pro-choice Barack Obama. [The Washington Post]
Hillary Clinton's Top 3 Mistakes on the campaign trail. [Marie Claire]
The Washington Postran a story today about the life and times of Michelle Obama. Interesting tidbit: Michelle and Barack saw Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing on their first date. Read the story here.
Photo of Michelle Obama by Scout Tufankjian for Polaris Images.
We've gotten a whole lot of requests from polichicks to post the video of the first lady wannabes' panel discussion at the 2007 Women's Conference.. Five fabulously smart and beautiful wives of presidential candidates participated. Okay, only four seemed smart, but we're not saying who we think was lacking.
Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, Jeri Thompson, Elizabeth Edwards and Cindy McCain talked about life on the campaign trail, balancing their campaign and family obligations, raising kids, supporting their husbands, and who supports them while they support their men. California First Lady Maria Shriver moderated.
Elizabeth Edwards often has made the excuse that her husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, doesn't get as much media attention as rivals Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton because he's not black or a woman. "We can't make John black, we can't make him a woman," she said. [Mmm... no, but like Obama and Clinton, you could come up with better campaign strategies to get up in the polls, make your campaign more interesting and attract more media attention.]
The Washington Post examines whether John and Elizabeth Edwards are trying to appeal to people who may not want to vote for Barack Obama because he's African American or Hillary Clinton because she's a woman.
Carla Babb, a journalism student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, wondered why John Edwards based his poverty focused presidential campaign in an affluent Chapel Hill neighborhood, rather than in a low income community that would better reflect his message about ending poverty. She videotaped interviews with Chapel Hill residents about the issue (they were split), and the video was later posted on the University's website and YouTube.
The video got few hits and went virtually unnoticed, until the Edwards campaign tried to get it taken off the web. Babb said, "I was completely shocked to get a phone call from the Edwards campaign saying that the story was straight from the Republican Party and that we needed to take it down." The campaign also threatened that leaving the video up would harm the Edwards' relationship with UNC (ie., no more alumni contributions from us, Tar Heels!). Both John and Elizabeth Edwards attended law school at the University.
Edwards campaign tried to stop student's TV story, professor says [AP]
Edwards tussles with UNC j-school [The News and Observer]
Hillary Clinton has earned the support of the majority of African American female voters, but she wants an even bigger piece of that pie. She sat down with Isabel Wilkerson of Essence, a magazine that targets African American women, for an interview published in the current issue (November 2007). Here are a few exerpts of what she had to say about her marriage and family:
On her marriage:
“I know the truth of my life and of my marriage, my relationship and partnership, my deep abiding friendship with my husband. It's been enormously supportive to me through most of my life. Now obviously we've had challenges as everybody in the world knows. “But I never doubted that it was a marriage worth investing in even in the midst of those challenges,” she says, “and I'm really happy that I made that decision. Again, not a decision for everybody. And I think it's so important for women to stand up for the right of women to make a decision that is best for them.”
On the most romantic thing her husband has done for her: She hesitates for longer than is comfortable, then she says, “Oh he's so romantic. He's always bringing me back things from his trips. He brought me a giant wooden giraffe from Africa. Oh, he bought me this watch,” she said, holding out her left wrist to show off a Chanel watch, its bracelet made of white cubes shaped like elegant dentures, if you can picture it. “I had dental surgery, and he said it reminded him of teeth.”
Outside of work, what her proudest moment is:
“Chelsea,” she says without hesitation.
Pick up Essence to read the entire interview.
Senior Editor at The New Republic, Michelle Cottle, wrote an article profiling Jeri Thompson, wife of GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson. Jeri gets a lot of attention in the press for being attractive, blonde, and 24 years younger than her husband. Cottle portrays Jeri as a woman who always has a strategy (and the ability to execute it) to get what she wants, whether that be a man, a job, a hot handbag or a fly shoe. Ain't nothing wrong with that.
Senior Editor at The New Republic, Michelle Cottle, wrote an article profiling Jeri Thompson, wife of GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson. Jeri gets a lot of attention in the press for being attractive, blonde, and 24 years younger than her husband.
Cottle portrays Jeri as a woman who always has a strategy (and the ability to execute it) to get what she wants, whether that be a man, a job, a hot handbag or a fly shoe. Ain't nothing wrong with that.
Cottle also offers a peek into the more "soap opera like" aspects of the Thompsons' life together, such as Fred's womanizing, Jeri's public battles with his other girlfriends in the gossip columns, Jeri's financial difficulties, and Jeri's past either living with or being married to (no one is sure) another man.
With more than 217,440 individuals diagnosed with breast cancer each year, it is extremely important that we continue to raise money and awareness. So call a couple of friends and participate in some National Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities together. And while you're at it, you might as well remind your congressional representatives to support efforts to find a cure.
Viva La Cure!
Overheard at PolichicksOnline.com:
Kari: So who's hotter, Fred Thompson's wife or Dennis Kucinich's wife?
Jason: Fred Thompson's wife is hot for a politician, but you're gonna put her up against a six foot redhead with a tongue ring? And an accent? Come on now.
Via Elizabeth Edwards, the Edwards campaign called Rush Limbaugh a draft dodger,because he used a b.s. medical excuse to avoid serving in Vietnam. An angry Limbaugh retorted, "And I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for you meddling kids!"
Uh, wait. We might have mixed our stories up... Yes, that quote is actually from the "ghost" on Scooby Doo and not Limbaugh, as Limbaugh has not yet commented. Well, whatever.
USA Today ran a story today about Jeri Thompson's "debut" as a potential first lady. Thompson gave her first interview to Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel last night. She appeared with her husband (who did most of the talking) and their two children. Watch below.
Fred Thompson with wife Jeri and their two kids
Fred Thompson and wife Jeri at a rally in South Carolina on Monday
Rick Beltram, the GOP Chairman in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, called Republican presidential candidate and former Law & Order TV actor Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri, a "trophy wife." Thompson is 25 years older than his wife, who also happens to be blonde and pretty. The couple has two children together, and Thompson has children and grandchildren from a previous marriage. Read the about "trophy wife" comments and controversy here.
Way too much information.
Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, revealed in a recent interview with Glamour magazine that her husband is too "snore-y and stinky" to be in her bed and that she has morning chats about mentruation with her (adorable) little daughters. She has also snitched in the past that that her husband puts his smelly socks everywhere but in the laundry hamper.
Yes, we need more information about Sen. Obama so that we can make an informed decision in the voting booth, but do we really need to know all that? Just where he stands on the issues is enough info for us, thank you.
America's favorite Bill was on David Letterman last night. Here's a clip.
President Bill Clinton will be on Oprah today at 4 EST to share his new passion: giving.
Bill Clinton is such a sensitive man. Watch him laugh, cry and share with Oprah on her September 4th show. He will be on to give his first interview about his new passion! Oprah's show airs at 4 p.m. EST on ABC.
Sen. Barack Obama Barackstar says that he is not feeling Obama Girl. Obama Girl is actress Amber Lee Ottinger, who appears in a saucy you tube video singing and dancing about her lust for Barackstar. Barackstar gets that the video was made in jest, but he expresses concern about the effect that it will have on his young daughters.
"Sasha asked Mommy about it. She said, 'Daddy already has a wife' or something like that," Barackstar told the Associated Press. "I guess it's too much to ask, but you do wish people would think about what impact their actions have on kids and families. This is part of the process of politics that can be difficult, (that) is making sure that your kids and your wife and your family are insulated from both things like this and what I suspect will be at some point some negative campaigning."
Hmmm. Looks to us like the Barackstar camp is about to make family an issue in this campaign. Barackstar's suggestion that people should "think about what impact their actions have on kids and families" could be intended to remind voters of the Clintons' marital difficulties and their inability to protect Chelsea (and your kids) from Bill's no-no activities.
We'll see where this goes... but in the meantime, you can see the Obama Girl video (if you're not one of the 3 million Americans who already has) here.
Daddy's girl Obama's girl, Caroline Guiliani who is the daughter of Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, doesn't think daddy knows best when it comes to being president of that United States. That job, she thinks, should go to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.
Slate reports that Caroline's Facebook page says that her political views are "liberal" and had said, until yesterday morning, that she is a member of the Facebook Group "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)." It's no secret that
father of the year Rudy Giuliani and his two children are not on the best of terms now. Caroline and her brother Andrew are upset because Rudy openly cheated on their mother, Donna Hanover, and left their family to marry his mistress, Judith Nathan.