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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."
So we've decided to bring back our "O Say Can You Sing" column, where we feature celebrities' and other notables' performances of The Star Spangled Banner.
Here she sings our National Anthem with the Boston Pops at a 2008 July 4th celebration.
Rate her pipes in the comments.
Levi Johnston, Britol Palin's ex-fiancee and father of her baby boy, talked to Tyra about his relationship with Bristol. He said that the couple practiced safe sex "most of the time" and that their baby Tripp was probably conceived as a result of some sort of "wardrobe malfunction." He also said that Sarah Palin must have known about their sexual relationship, because "moms pretty are smart," and he and Bristol sometimes shared a bedroom.
Here's a preview:
How did Sarah Palin respond to news of Levi's chat with Tyra? Um, we guess you could say she was slightly pissed. She released this statement through a family representative:
Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship.
Bristol's focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence. It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child.
Bristol realizes now that she made a mistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility for their actions.
Levi's comments could be damaging to Sarah Palin, who promotes abstinence only education and is expected to run for office again in the future. If she knew that her own teen daughter was sexually active while insisting that abstinence only education works, well, some voters might feel that she's got some 'splainin' to do.
The show will air on April 6.
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!
Levi Johnston, the 18 year old father of 17 year old Bristol Palin's expected baby, talked to the Associated Press recently. He denied that he's being forced into a shot gun marriage with Bristol, hinted that their baby-to-be is a boy ("I'm going to take him hunting and fishing"), and shared that he has dropped out of high school to work as an electrician's apprentice. Here's what else he had to say:
On his relationship with Bristol: "We both love each other. We both want to marry each other. And that's what we are going to do."
On Sarah Palin: "I just hope she wins. She's my future mother-in-law. She better win."
On Barack Obama: "He seems like a good guy. I like him."
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.
Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin wear tattoo and ring at Republican National Convention. Photo from US Weekly and credited to Justin Sullivan of Getty Images.
Bristol Palin's "baby daddy," Levi Johnston, wore a "Bristol" tattoo on his ring finger during his debut appearance at the Republican National Convention. Bristol wore what appeared to be an engagement ring. Bristol, 5 months pregnant, is 17 years old and Levi is 18 years old. The soon to be teen parents attended the convention to watch Bristol's mom, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, accept the Republican nomination for vice president.
The press has had a field day with this little tidbit:
Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, is an unwed, pregnant teenager.
Meghan McCain, daughter of John of course, offered this support for Bristol on her blog:
It's a rough go being the son or daughter of a politician. I have not known Bristol Palin very long, but there is a certain kinship I feel to her as I do other political daughters such as Chelsea Clinton, Jenna and Barbara Bush and Mary Cheney. You can't fully understand it unless you have lived it. So I just wanted to let it be known that I support Bristol and the entire Palin family.
This month's Harper's Bazaar features Tyra as Michelle Obama. And a delicious hottie named Roman as Barack Obama.
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.
Meghan McCain poses for the September issue of Glamour
The September issue of Glamour dishes all you need to know about Meghan McCain. For starters, Meghan's not interested in dating a guy who wants to get closer to her dad than her:
I don't want to be an accessory to a guy's impending political career, and unfortunately I get that a lot. I'm not attracted to guys with political action committees, I'm sorry.... I'm attracted to men whose realities are different [from mine]. You'll get a lot further with me talking about art and music than you will talking about politics.... And I'd really hate myself if I dated a journalist.
Meghan has no interest in dudes who lack game, particularly the guy who tried to pick her up with this lameness: "Baby, I could totally give you a tour of the Capitol." Imagine the deflation of that guy's ego if Meghan told him her dad is John McCain, so she can see the Capitol any ol' time. And who uses pick up lines like that anyway? Alas, as we know all too well from personal experience, every other guy....
If even a potential first daughter can't escape weak game, what hope is there for the rest of us?
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.
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.
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
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."
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 Obama guest co-hosted The View yesterday. Can we be the first to say that she looked FAB? She debuted a new, softer look: sweeping bangs, flawless makeup and a feminine flower print dress with a flower pin. Tres elegante! And her best accessory? Her brain.
Photo credit: Heather Brand for McCainBlogette.com
Meghan McCain and her pet Louie board a plane together.
Robert F. "Bobby" Kennedy, kid brother of President John F. Kennedy, was killed 40 years ago, while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. Bobby was a crusader for racial and economic justice, and when he died, many thought the "dream" died too.
Not so, say the women he left behind. Glamour talked to Bobby's daughters and granddaughters - yep, all 14 of 'em - to get full scoop on how they keep their father and grandfather's dreams alive through continued public service.
Chelsea Clinton wishes her mom and all moms a happy mother's day, reminding everyone: "Your little girls can be anything they want to be when they grow up, even if it's to be the second woman president of the United States."(Hmm.. this video must have been filmed before Barack Obama's big NC victory, but the sentiment is nice just the same.)
"You're wearing that?!" We've all gasped in utter shock and asked our mom that question
at least once too many times. And our moms have (unreasonably) asked us the same.
No different from the next mom, Hillary Clinton likes to wear embarassing outfits and complain that her daughter's floor length skirts are "too short." She dishes on her experiences as a mom in an interview and town hall meeting sponsored by momlogic, a website that's totally biased in support of your mother's point of view.
View the momlogic interview and town hall exclusive with Hillary Clinton here.
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]
Meghan McCain chats us up about her dad's biography tour, her relationship with her dad, and her life on the campaign trail.
Meghan and Jack McCain, two of John McCain's kids, at the U.S. Naval Academy where Jack is a MIdshipman. Photo by Heather Brand for Meghan's blog, McCainBlogette.
Meghan McCain campaigning with dad, John McCain. The other blonde in the pic is eBay bigwig Meg Whitman (talking to McCain). Photo by Heather Brand for mccainblogette.
All you'll ever need to know about first daughter wannabe Meghan McCain, courtesy of The Washington Post:
[Meghan] told MTV she thinks Barack Obama is "sexy." She has a teeny tiny tattoo of a star on her foot. ("I have always been drawn to people with tattoos," she writes on her blog.) She's been known to drink beer on primary nights when she's really stressed out. She adores the stylings of the corset-wearing burlesque stripper Dita Von Teese, and she told GQ she thinks the uber-trashy bisexual hook-up show "A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila" is "hilarious!"
Read the whole article here.
On a visit to the Butler University Bulldogs, Chelsea Clinton showed that she can be quite the bulldog herself. When a student asked Chelsea if she thinks the Monica Lewinsky scandal hurt her mother's credibility, she quipped, "...I do not think that's any of your business."
Do. Not. Mess. With. Chelesa.
Meghan McCain (right) with friend La-Toria Haven is not afraid of McDonalds.
In response to those who pressure women to be a size 0, Meghan McCain published this essay on her website:
by Meghan McCain
As you may have noticed, I seldom use the Blogette as a medium to discuss social or political issues unless I feel particularly compelled to do so. This is one of those times. One of the unintended consequences of my dad becoming the presumptive Republican nominee is the increased level of public scrutiny on him and our family. Of course I expected more than my fair share when I decided to put myself out there and write a blog on the campaign; however, I've been surprised by critical comments regarding my weight and body shape. It recently reached a ridiculous level when someone handed me a business card for a plastic surgeon and suggested I needed liposuction. I am proud of my curves and have always loved my fuller figure, as should every woman who is not a size "0". I want to be a positive role model for my little sister and all of the other young women who read my blog and help perpetuate a more positive image for women, regardless of their body size. I feel empowered to tell everyone that it's important to maintain a healthy weight that works for them - not everyone is going to be model thin, nor should they expect to be. To every young girl reading this blog, it is inner beauty and happiness that makes a person beautiful, not a number on a scale.
Meghan McCain recaps the most recent happenings in the McCain camp through February 22nd.
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.
Family portrait? Vice President Dick Cheney poses with his cousins, the Obamas. Reuters Photo.
Lynne Cheney told MSNBC today that she discovered that her husband, Dick Cheney, and Barack Obama are 8th cousins.
BFFs La-Toria Haven and Meghan McCain campaign for Meghan's dad, Sen. John McCain. Photo from McCainBlogette.com.
Amidst all the hoopla about Al Gore's Noble Peace Prize win for his work to spread awareness about global warning, La-Toria Haven, BFF to Sen. John McCain's daughter Meghan, wants to make sure that Sen. McCain gets a piece of that action. She highlights Sen. McCain's record on environmental advocacy and links to Republicans for Environmental Protection in her blog entry today at McCainBlogette. McCainBlogette follows the adventures of Meghan McCain and her friends on the campaign trail. Those of you polichicks who wear red dresses with your stilettos, check it out.
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!
Meghan Will, Cindy McCain, Meghan McCain and La-toria Haven atend a Young Professionals event for Sen. John McCain in Arizona. Photo from mccainblogette.com.
McCain's Daughter Aims To Be Next Wonkette [The Huffington Post]
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.
From The Hotline:
October 01, 2007
Quote Of The Day
From today's Hotline:
"The choice was pretty easy for me, obviously. Not like Giuliani's daughter."
-- Cate Edwards, NBC/National Journal, 9/29.
[Cate is making reference to Caroline's preference for Barack Obama over her own father, presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.]
Sunday's Washington Post profiled Hillary Clinton's mom, Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham. Hillary has said before that her mom is the inspiration behind her success: "...I owe it to my mother, who never got a chance to go to college, who had a very difficult childhood, but who gave me a belief that I could do whatever I set my mind." As for whether Hillary gets the "mom endorsement" for her presidential candidacy, Mrs. Rodham told a 2004 Oprah audience that if Hillary ran for president, "She would do great. I have to say that."
Photo at left of Dorothy Rodham by Rich Lipski of TWP (2000).
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.