Candidate Spouses: October 2007 Archives
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.