Entries tagged with “Elizabeth Edwards” from Polichicks

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."

xo xo

 

 

Elizabeth Edwards on People.jpgIt just kills us that Elizabeth Edwards has to go through this.

Camapign '08:

The Latino youth vote is growing.  400,000 U.S. born Latinos have or will turn 18 in time to vote in the presidential election. [AP

John McCain faces early campaign troubles, such as accusations of an extra-marital affair, problems with the FEC, low fundraising, and a party rival (Mike Huckabee) who just won't quit. [Politico]

Women voters are split along class lines.  More educated, higher income women support Barack Obama, and less educated, working class women are with Hillary Clinton.  This is not so good for the Clinton campaign, which banked on sweeping women. [The Washington Post]

Barack Obama is "just like us." Check out this slideshow about how Obama is just a regular dude. [US Weekly]

U.S. News:

Condolences go to Elizabeth Edwards, who lost her father Saturday in Chapel Hill.  Vincent Anania was 87 years old and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetary. [CNN]

The first African American police officers in Georgia couldn't drink out of the "whites only" water fountain in the station house, arrest a white suspect unless a white officer was present, or use the station locker room to change into their uniforms.  They also couldn't participate in the Georgia state-supported supplemental police officers' pension program until 1976.  So retired African American police officers who began service before 1976 now receive a pension that is hundreds of dollars less per month than their white counterparts.  They have fought for a equal pension benefits for years, but the state of Georgia just won't budge.  "We can't fix everything for everybody," said state Sen. Bill Heath, chairman of the Senate Retirement Committee. So, sadly, our retired heroes will spend their golden years in court. [CNN]

World News:

Marion Cotillard, who won the Oscar for Best Actress just days ago, said in an interview that she believes the 911 attacks and 1969 moonwalk were hoaxes.  About 911, she said that the Twin Towers were expensive to maintain and were destroyed because it would have been too expensive to modernize them. [The Guardian (UK paper)]

A new BBC documentary claims that Mick Jagger escaped assasination by the Hells Angeles in 1969.  Jagger allegedly feuded with the gang over concert security. [AP]

Back from Afghanistan, a humble Harry said "I wouldn't say I'm a hero,"  and that he's "looking forward to having a bath." [People]

Vladimir Putin's friend, Dmitry Medvedev, won Russia's presidential election in a landslide victory, taking 70% of the vote.  Some unhappy Russians say the election was rigged.  [CNN]

History:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar blogs about the achievements of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African American surgeon who was the first of any race to perform open heart surgery.  Dr. Williams is also known for co-founding the National Medical Association for African American doctors, when the American Medical Association refused allow African American members. [The Los Angeles Times]

 

 


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.

See also:

Edwards campaign tried to stop student's TV story, professor says [AP]

Edwards tussles with UNC j-school [The News and Observer]

 

 

 

womens_conference_barb.jpg(L-R) Ann Romney, Michelle Obama, Jeri Thompson, Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain and Maria Shriver talk at the 2007 Women's Conference in Long Beach, CA.

California's First Lady Maria Shriver moderated a panel of potential presidential first ladies on Tuesday at the 2007 Women's Conference in Long Beach, CA.  Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Edwards, Jeri Thompson, Ann Romney and Cindy McCain participated.  They discussed their roles in developing policy and campaign strategy (basically, they went Stepford on us and denied they had any), as well as how they balance campaigning with managing a family. Judith Giuliani declined to participate, and potential First Laddie Bill Clinton was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

See also:

First Ladies Unite: Quotes ffrom A Candid Conversation [GlamScene]

Maria Shriver moderates panel of five wives of presidential candidates [USA Today

'08 Wives talk candidly about their roles [CNN]

Wives of Candidates Compare Notes from Trail [The New York Times]

 

Viva La Cure!  Sport this fun and foxy Juicy Couture tee to remind everyone you know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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!

This entry was posted in memory of Rep. Jo Ann Davis and in support of Elizabeth Edwards.

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. 

Hillary Clinton addresses whether she's "black enough" to represent African Americans as president. Donna Brazile (Democratic commentator) and Terry Jeffrey (Republican commentator) say that African Americans vote based on a candidate's position on the issues, rather than the candidate's race.  They also discuss immigration and Elizabeth Edward's role as attack dog in the Edwards campaign.  Watch it here.
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