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In her recent TEDxTeen talk, Chelsea Clinton encouraged young people to step up and make a change.
Piers Morgan's interview with actress Charlize Theron aired Friday. In addition to chatting about her new movie Young Adult and her hunt for a new man, the actress gave viewers a glimpse into her political background and views:
- Charlize has voted only twice in her life: once for Nelson Mandela and once for Barack Obama. (C'mon, Charlize, you gotta start voting more often!)
- She wants Democrats to do more. "I wish Democrats would put more action into what they tell people," she told Piers. (Hmm.. in what way, we wonder. Wish she had gone into more detail on this one.)
- Charlize doesn't think people should be able to go all willy nilly with gun ownership. "I don't think anyone should have a semiautomatic weapon for anything," she said. Sadly, the actress is no stranger to gun violence. In 1991, she saw her mother shoot and kill her father, who was drunk and shooting at Charlize and her mom. The actress notes that this tragic experince may have influenced her views on gun control.
- She is so in favor of gay marriage. "I think love is love, and we should all have the same rights."
- Charlize, an immigrant from South Africa, noted that her first language is Afrikaans and she still struggles with her English sometimes.
You can check out the trailer for Charlize's new film, Young Adult, below.
Barack Obama looks as good in a tie as Jennifer Anniston. Almost.
Tall and slender with an athletic build, Obama has the frame that fashion designers love to dress. So naturally, the top designers have thought about - fantasized about - dressing the debonaire democrat for his inauguration.
Women's Wear Daily asked said designers to share these fantasies with the rest of us. And so they did.
See the designers' sketches of inaugural attire for Barack Obama here.
Vote for your favorite sketch here.
Read the full story in WWD here.
BTW, Obama had already selected his inaugural threads prior to the publication of these sketches. He will wear a Hart Schaffner single button, notch lapel tuxedo.
So last night Barack Obama ran a 30 minute, $4 million infomercial on 7 networks. We think the ad was an effective one for the Obama camp. It laid out Obama's plans as president, offered supporting evidence of his competence and established an emotional connection with those who watched it.
Obama is a politician who "gets" marketing. We were impressed by his ability to sell himself, his potential and his policies in the ad. If the whole White House thing doesn't work out, he definately has a future on QVC or the Home Shopping Network.
Natalie Portman wants you to vote early for a change. She filmed this video in Cincinati, Ohio at her grandma's house for voteforchange.com. Voteforchange.com is supported by the Obama campaign.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel say it's good to think outside the box, but it's not good to vote that way. Here's their "vote in the box" song and dance for Barack Obama:
Hat Tip: Maegan Carberry
Bill Clinton on where he stands.
The economy sucks, so we thought we'd tickle your funny bone to make you feel better. In this David Letterman clip, Chris Rock gives Bill Clinton the heads up that Hillary lost.
So, did Chris have you rolling on the floor, laughing your ass off? Or did you take offense to his comments?
Do you think the Clintons support Barack Obama for real or just in public because they "have" to? Holla in the comments, yo.
At 72, McCain is no spring chicken. Damon fears that if McCain wins the presidency, he'll kick the bucket while in office and Palin will become president. "You do the actuary tables and there's a one-out-of-three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it will be President Palin . . . It's like a bad Disney movie," he said.
Why would the Disney movie be so bad? According to Damon, Palin is wholly unqualified to lead the country. " 'I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska.' And she's the president," he said. "And it's like she's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd. It's totally absurd."He continued, "I don't know why more people aren't talking about how absurd it is. It's a really terrifying possibility,"
A Democat and Barack Obama supporter, Damon contributed $4,600 to Obama's campaign and $28,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
(This post - especially the video - is dedicated to my sister Jen, who thinks Matt Damon is dee-lish!)
When Sarah Palin spoke at the Republican National Convention, the highlights of her speech were not policy ideas, but jokes made at the expense of Barack Obama. Then came round two. Barack Obama used a phrase commonly used in politics ("You can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig") to describe John McCain's proposed plan for change. The McCain Barack Obama hasn't tossed mud back at McCain/Palin, but presumably he will. Word is that he has lifted restraints on left wing groups who are chomping at the bit to attack McCain. So it's on now. Since Palin's attack on Obama at the Republican convention, mudslinging rather than policy discussions have dominated the news. What do you think about this? Are you over it? Want the candidates to get back to the issues? Or do you wanna just oil 'em up, toss 'em in a mud pit and watch 'em go at it? Mudwrestling for The White House. Nice.
When Sarah Palin spoke at the Republican National Convention, the highlights of her speech were not policy ideas, but jokes made at the expense of Barack Obama.
Then came round two. Barack Obama used a phrase commonly used in politics ("You can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig") to describe John McCain's proposed plan for change. The McCain
Barack Obama hasn't tossed mud back at McCain/Palin, but presumably he will. Word is that he has lifted restraints on left wing groups who are chomping at the bit to attack McCain. So it's on now.
Since Palin's attack on Obama at the Republican convention, mudslinging rather than policy discussions have dominated the news. What do you think about this? Are you over it? Want the candidates to get back to the issues? Or do you wanna just oil 'em up, toss 'em in a mud pit and watch 'em go at it?
Mudwrestling for The White House. Nice.
Boy George released a video for the pro-Obama Yes We Can song. It features Amy Winehouse and David Bowie.
Uhh... We just don't know what to say.... Thoughts? Tell us in the comments.
Throughout the election season, John McCain has emphasized his "experience" while Barack Obama has focused on "change." At the Republican convention, however, speeches made by McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin showed a move toward Obama's message of change:
Palin on McCain and change
In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.
McCain on change
We [Republicans] were elected to change and I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn't even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That's going to change on my watch. and We need to change the way government does almost everything.... Why the change to change? Well, why not? The change message has certainly worked for Obama. "Change" changed Obama from a relatively unknown senator to a cultural icon and political force to be reckoned with. Change is no longer just Obama's message; it's an American movement, the new cause of choice for millions of citizens. McCain wants a piece of that action (and some of those votes), and he's willing to copycat Obama to get it. And then there is the lesson that McCain learned from Hillary Clinton, who ran a campaign based on experience straight into the ground. She beat voters over the heads with her experience, telling them over and over again that she was the candidate who would be "ready on day one" of her presidency. But her experience message didn't push her ahead of Obama. So she added change to her repertoire at the end of the democratic primary, but by then it was too late. Now she wishes she could change that, and McCain doesn't want to make her mistake. Do you think McCain's new change message (or old change message, when you consider that Obama has been preaching it for over a year now) will get him to The White House? Tell us in the comments above.
We [Republicans] were elected to change
I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn't even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That's going to change on my watch.
We need to change the way government does almost everything....
Why the change to change?
Well, why not? The change message has certainly worked for Obama. "Change" changed Obama from a relatively unknown senator to a cultural icon and political force to be reckoned with. Change is no longer just Obama's message; it's an American movement, the new cause of choice for millions of citizens. McCain wants a piece of that action (and some of those votes), and he's willing to copycat Obama to get it.
And then there is the lesson that McCain learned from Hillary Clinton, who ran a campaign based on experience straight into the ground. She beat voters over the heads with her experience, telling them over and over again that she was the candidate who would be "ready on day one" of her presidency. But her experience message didn't push her ahead of Obama. So she added change to her repertoire at the end of the democratic primary, but by then it was too late. Now she wishes she could change that, and McCain doesn't want to make her mistake.
Do you think McCain's new change message (or old change message, when you consider that Obama has been preaching it for over a year now) will get him to The White House? Tell us in the comments above.
You. Complete. Me.
Ever since Barack Obama announced just before the DNC Convention that Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del) was his vice presidential pick, tongues have been wagging about what Biden adds to the ticket:
Experience: Obama faces attacks for his limited time serving in the Senate. He will have been in office just 4 years when (and if) he becomes president in January 2009. Biden has served in the U.S. Senate for 36 years.
Foreign relations expertise: Biden is an expert on national security and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He voted to authorize the use military force in Iraq in 2002 but has since become a vocal critic of the war.
Age: Biden is no spring chicken. At 66, his silver haired appearance could make older voters feel more comfortable with voting for the ticket. Obama, the young cat on the ticket, is only 47.
Average Joe: Biden, a white guy, hails from a working class backround in Pennsylvania. He's expected to help Obama appeal to white, working class voters nationwide. Also, unlike most of the other Senators, Biden is not a multimillionaire. He and his wife Jill have just $365,000 in assets or less. Joe's an average Joe.
He's green: No, not the inexperienced kind of green or the rich kind of green but the hugging and kissing all over trees kind of green. He has a strong environmental record and earned an 83% lifetime voting score from the League of Conservation Voters.
Catholicsm: Biden is Catholic. He is expected to help Obama win the white, Catholic voters that he lost to Hillary Clinton in the primary.
Tough guy on crime: Biden was a chief sponsor of an anti-crime bill that passed in 1994. He can help defend the ticket against GOP attacks saying that Obama is soft on crime.
Attack dog: Biden will not stand for a bunch of what our girl Niecy from Clean House would call a bunch of foolishness and mayhem. Act out, and he will call you out. Thinking of stepping to Biden? You betta check yo'self before you wreck yo'self.
Family story: Biden lost his wife and young daughter in a car crash in 1972, one month after his election to the Senate. Remarried, Biden takes the Amtrak train home from Washington D.C. to Delaware every night, so that he can be with his family.
You had me at hello.
You've seen this before. Two people in your circle of friends - a boy an a girl - are always totally flirting with each other when your group goes out. Then when they finally hook up, everybody's like, "Well duh, we all saw that one coming." That's how Obama's advisers describe Obama's selection of Biden for veep. Even though Obama was mum about who was most attractive to him as a veep candidate, people say they always knew he was interested in Biden. David Axelrod, Obama's senior strategist, told The Washington Post that Obama's veep search "always pointed in Biden's direction."
Biden totally played hard to get during the VP selction process. He denied courting the veep slot, said he didn't want the job, and claimed he would accept it only reluctantly to help his party's ticket if asked.
We know Obama and the idea of being veep had Biden at hello. He was just playing hard to get, giving Obama a little chase. Biden obviously was reading The Rules and applying them to his political career. And it worked. Obama and Biden made their first appearance together as a "couple" on the Saturday prior to the DNC convention. Wonder if Obama called Biden by Wednesday for that Saturday date?
Watch a "pre-enactment" of the Obama/Biden courtship above, with Tom Cruise as Obama and Renee Zelwegger as Biden.
Rev. Leah D. Daughtry
"No kicking, no screaming, no shoving, no hairpulling..." As CEO of the DNC Convention Committee, Leah Daughtry likely invokes these words every now and again to control the hoards of people lining up for DNC Convention credentials. With a history making candidate expected to accept the Democratic nomination, an outstanding speaker line up and star studded events, Rev. Daughtry is managing the hottest ticket in town. A town called Denver, to be exact.
So who is Leah Daughtry anyway? Keep reading, cuz we're gonna tell it all, girl! (You know how we do.)
· Rev. Daughtry is the CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee. That means she is in charge of the whole shebang.
· Rev. Daughtry is Chief of Staff to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and she keeps him on the straight and narrow. She fines him every time he uses a swear word, and donates the money to her church.
· She could totally brag about her family history if she weren't so humble. Her great-great grandfather was a slave and a preacher in the slave community. She is the granddaughter of the founder of The House of the Lord Church (Pentecostal) and the daughter of Herbert Daughtry, the current pastor of the church.
· She is pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C. "When I'm in the pulpit, it really isn't me," she said in an interview. "Sometimes I pray, 'Decrease me and increase you, Lord."
· She directs the DNC's Faith in Action Committee, which oversees the party's outreach to religious voters.
· Her resume makes you wanna shout! Past positions include senior posts at the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton administration, a post on the Clinton-Gore transition team in 1992, managing director of the 1992 DNC Convention, and Legislative Assistant to Congressman Ed Towns. She also founded a mentoring program for girls with HIV infected mothers, while serving as Executive Director of Man-to-Man/Sister-to-Sister (a nonprofit human service agency in Brooklyn that helps improve quality of life for families).
· She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1984.
This month's Harper's Bazaar features Tyra as Michelle Obama. And a delicious hottie named Roman as Barack Obama.
Man, ever since that Obama cat learned to text, he's been thinking he is just 2 cool 4 school. He's been blowing up our phone left and right! (Well, maybe just left...)
Anyhow, the technocrat told us (via text, of course) that he will announce his vice presidential pick via text message between now and the DNC convention which starts August 25th. If you want to be the first to know who will be rolling with him to The White House (or trying to roll, anyway), text VP to 62262 or go over here.
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.
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."
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:
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.
Barack Obama claims to be for the American family, but he's actually kind of a homewrecker.
Get full scoop on the broken hearted here.
Jennifer Lopez, flanked by aides, on Capitol Hill. Photo from Faded Youth Blog.
Jenny from the block was Jenny on the Hill last Wednesday, as the star made an unannounced visit to Sen. Barack Obama's Capitol Hill office. Sen. Obama wasn't there, so J.Lo met with his staff for an hour and a half. J.Lo and Obama's staff are mum about what the meeting was about.
(We digress to say... Peep the Birkin she's carrying. Nice!)
See also: J.Lo: The new Obama girl? [Faded Youth Blog]
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.
Barack Obama grins before speaking at the Taubman Center at Brown University. This shot is just kind of vintage, because it's really from not that long ago. Photo from here.
Emily's List, a PAC that helps pro-choice women get elected to public office, is none too pleased that the NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed Barack Obama for president. Ellen Malcolm, Emily's List founder and Clinton BFF, says the endorsement is "tremendously disrespectful" to her girl. NARAL is like, "Whatev! Endorsing a Clinton is so '96!" NARAL will host a web chat about their endorsement on this Friday, May 16th. Submit your questions here.
to let us know that John Edwards just endorsed him for real like a minute ago. Obviously, we're among the first Barry told, because we have it like that. You can have it like that too, if you text HOPE to 62262 or sign up over here (and get you a new ring tone while you're at it).
Tell Bar we said 'sup.
In this mother's day video, little kids ask their moms not for a puppy or a Nintendo, but to please vote for Barack Obama. Clearly, Obama has been handing out candy bribes.
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.)
Where is a good Apollo clown when you need one? That's what Rev. Al Sharpton wants to know:
The worst thing in the world is when an entertainer doesn't know when the show is over. The audience is gone, the lights are down, you're getting ready to cut the mics off and you are still on the stage singing. It's over, it's all right, it's over. Come sing another day, but this show is over, Sen. Clinton.
(Shout out: Politico)
"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!
Barack Obama is turning green! He is calling on Americans to host "green gatherings" and discuss how we can preserve our environment. Check out his green website here and his latest green commercial below.
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]
No, not the election. Jon Stewart's "Dick Move of the Week" award.
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.
Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are on the cover of W Magazine this month. In an interview inside the magazine, the two actresses reveal that they are as different as Mary and Anne Boelyn, the sisters they portray in The Other Boelyn. One major difference? Their politics. Scarlett supports Barack Obama, while the undecided Natalie seems to be leaning toward Hillary Clinton:
Right now, though, fighting the rumour mill is less important for Johansson than fighting for her presidential candidate of choice, Barack Obama. She spent several days in Iowa in January, working the phone banks on his behalf and talking to high school and college students about the importance of caucusing. "I will continue stumping for Obama until he's elected," she declares. "The past eight years have been painful for a lot of people. We're in a state of emergency."
A fellow political junkie, Portman is still struggling to decide betwen Obama and Hillary Clinton. She can't help remembering how impressed she was when she met the latter, who was sponsoring a FINC-backed bill that went before the Senate. "I met about 10 representatives that day and Hillary was by far the sharpest. Did you read Gloria Steinem's op-ed piece?" Portman asks, citing Steinem's January 8 column about Clinton in the New York Times. "Hillary's just so experienced."
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are sweatin' Nevada voters. Just days before the primary, polls show them in a statistical tie. [CNN]
If you can't say something nice, then your name is probably Karl Rove. He hates on Clinton and Obama on the regular. [CNN]
Former Congressman Mark Deli Siljander (R-MI) totally sold out the United States. He has been indicted for helping raise money for Al Quaeda. [AP]
U.S. abortion rates are the lowest since 1976 [The Washington Post]
Mean Girls 2. A girl robbed a Girl Scout selling cookies, after filling out her name and address on the cookie order form. And she didn't think she'd get caught. If America had better schools, our theives would be smarter. [ParentDish]
Who needs men? A captive shark gave birth and a baby daddy was nowhere to be found. The single mother hadn't had a date (or any exposure to a male shark) in six years , but that turned out to be just a bump in the road to motherhood. [National Geographic]
Entertainment and Lifestyle News
And they said it wouldn't last... Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds proved wrong all naysayers who doubted their marriage would. It did last... a whole 2 weeks. [Fox News]
The Big O gets bigger. Oprah reaches 30 million viewers a week on the Oprah Show, but that's not enough. A 24 hour network would have a way bigger audience, so Oprah will launch her OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) with Discovery Communications in 2009. [The Chicago Tribune]
Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich's daughter Jackie at a book party in DC. Shout out to BigHeadDC for the picture.
Diane von Furstenberg walks the runway at her Fall 2007 show. Photos credit: Style.com.
Four reasons designer Diane von Furstenberg heart Hillary Clinton:
- She believes Hillary will do the best job in the White House.
- She thinks Hillary is intelligent.
- She thinks Hillary has both a "micro and macro" management style.
- She thinks Hillary "truly cares."
Four reasons we heart Diane von Furstenberg:
Photo credit, all four photos: Bergdorf Goodman.
Top left: Bow Shoulder Dress in macaroon (green)/cream stripes with pink/taupe/yellow abstract floral print.
$575. Top right: Printed Chiffon Top in macaroon with cream stripes. Sabrina neckline; red/yellow/purple smocked top. Sleeveless. Pleated front. 100% silk. $198. Bottom left: Printed Cover- Up in fuchsia/orange/white abstract coral print.V neckline; keyhole front with bow. Three-quarter sleeves. $195. Bottom right: Stone Print Wrap Cover-Up in black/white/tan abstract stone print. V neckline; cap sleeves. Surplice bodice with tie. $210. All by Diane von Furstenberg and available at Bergdorf Goodman.
Comedians and political pundits have snickered the past few days about how effective - well, actually ineffective -they think John Kerry's endorsement will be for the Obama campaign. A few have had mad jokes about how Obama could lose the nomination because of Kerry.
DMinMI, a DailyKos blogger, begs to differ. DMinMI thinks the pundits have underestimated Kerry's cha-ching factor and argues that the fundraising lists that Kerry gave Obama will make him the most bestest BFF a guy running for president could ever ask for. Read all about it here.
Like many Americans, Alicia Keys has not yet decided who she will support in the upcoming presidential election. Photo credit: aliciakeys.com.
Is your favorite celebrity supporting Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama? Here's the rundown, as reported by the Examiner:
Sen. Barack Obama could have done some serious fundraising at the Warner Theatre on Saturday night, as nearly every VIP at the BET Honors was a full-fledged Obama supporter. We asked the celebrities for their 2008 candidate, and here’s the rundown:
In the Obama camp: Tyra Banks, Ne-Yo, Blair Underwood, Rahim Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Hill Harper and Chingy. Some even explained.
Mario Van Peebles: “We need someone who can position us anew globally … someone who can bring about deep change. … He’s the one person I know who’s exciting. … He’s smart, and this brother also gets the street! I think he can do it!”
Wyclef Jean (although he conceded that Sen. Hillary Clinton was a close second): “Obama is like the voice of the new generation.”
Cornel West: “Many of us are fighting for him … but it’s getting tense … it’s heating up!”
Kerry Washington: “I’m actually going to go campaign for him down in South Carolina soon.”
In the Hillary camp:
Vivica Fox: (“We never should have been over in Iraq in the first place. … I’d love to bring them home.” And why not a Republican candidate, Vivica? “They had eight years, and they screwed it up!”)
On the fence:
Alicia Keys (“I’m still deciding”); Richard Parsons (“It’s too early,” but “there are some very interesting candidates”); and Brian McKnight (“leaning toward Obama”).
Staying mum: Jill Scott.
John McCain grinned ear to ear grin after learning that he won in New Hampshire. Wife Cindy on left. Photo credit: Meghan McCain at McCainBlogette.
After his campaign ran out of money this past summer and pundits wrote off his election chances, John McCain has seen a surge in support since winning the New Hampshire primary. A recent CNN/Public Opinion poll has him leading the Republican pack with 34% of support from Republican registered voters. This represents a 21 point jump for McCain since a similar poll was conducted last December. Mike Huckabee is in second place (21%), followed by Rudy Giuliani (18%), Mitt Romney (14%), Fred Thompson (6%), Ron Paul (5%) and Duncan Hunter (1%).
On the Dems' side, Hillary Clinton leads with 49% of support from registered Democrats. She jumped 9 points from last December. Barack Obama is in second place (36%), followed by John Edwards (12%) and Dennis Kucinich (1%).
Barack Obama and John Kerry in Charleston, SC. Photo credit: AP.
The Dems' 2004 presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, endorsed Barack Obama for president today at a rally in Charleston, SC. Kerry said that "Barack Obama can help our country turn the page and get America moving by uniting and ending the division we have faced." By endorsing Obama, Kerry dissed John Edwards, who was his running mate in '04.
Richardson's bow out leaves just Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich in the race for the Democratic nomination.
Photo on left, Governor Bill Richardson. Photo credit: Cole/AP.
John Edwards. Photo credit: Politico.com.
Hillary Clinton's BFF is John Edwards. As long as he's in the race, he keeps the "change" vote from consolidating behind Barack Obama. If that happens, uh oh for the Clinton campaign.
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain each address their supporters at victory rallies following wins in the New Hampshire primaries. Photo credit: The Washington Post.
John McCainand Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primaries yesterday.
This is a redeeming victory for McCain, who faced serious troubles early in the campaign -including running out of money- and was written off by pundits as a lost cause way back in the summer. It's nothing short of a miracle that he's back, and his ear to ear smile at his post election rally showed that he knows it.
And what a win for Hillary Clinton! Faced with polls and pundits predicting a double digit loss to Obama, Clinton said that she always thought that she could win New Hampshire, even if no one else did.
Against all odds (and we can't emphasize all odds enough), McCain and Clinton belived in themselves when no one else would. See what that can do?
Go' head, John and Hillary! Congratulations.
Click here for a musical celebration of John and Hillary's win.
Final numbers in New Hampshire
Republicans: John McCain, 37; Mitt Romney, 32; Mike Huckabee, 11; Rudy Giuliani, 9; Ron Paul, 8; and Fred Thompson, 1.
Democrats: Hillary Clinton, 39; Barack Obama, 37; John Edwards, 17; Bill Richardson, 5; and Dennis Kucinich, 1.
Barack Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia
We know what happened in Iowa: Mike Huckabee won for the Republicans, and Barack Obama kicked some you know what on the Dems' side. Now we're eager to know what happens in New Hampshire. John McCain is expected to win on the Republicans' side, but you never know. On the Dems' side, Obama will crush his rivals like ants, winning by double digits. That's what we know for sure, as Oprah would say.
Hillary Clinton gets emotional about the race and the future of our country, making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Can the presidential candidates’ web traffic predict a caucus winner?
Top Democrats: Barack Obama has the most traffic, followed by Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. At first we thought Obama led Clinton because people are less familiar with him than the former first lady. We thought that his high web traffic was less an indicator of interest or support, and more a reflection of people’s need to find out who he is. We nixed that notion when Edwards came in third, because he also has less name recognition than the first lady. So we think web traffic reflects people’s interest in and support of the candidates.
Top Republicans: Mike Huckabee leads, followed by Mitt Romney and John McCain. Note how Huckabee doesn’t even register on the graph until late October, when he shot up to the top. Rudy Giuliani isn’t in the graph because he’s not participating in the Iowa caucus.
Country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
Faith Hilltold US Weekly that she just might become First Lady of Tennessee one day. Her husband Tim McGraw is thinking about running for governor.
"Tim has talked about maybe running for office, and I know how passionate he is about things," Faith says. "When he says he really wants to do something, he'll do it. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the First Lady of Tennessee, but who knows? I don't rule it out. It's dangerous to say never."
Gubernatorial aspirations are nothing new to McGraw. The country music star, who is a Democrat, told Esquire back in 2006: "I just think as governor of the state, there would be a lot more opportunities to make some decisions and change some things."
McGraw has also considered representing Tennesseans as Senator McGraw. Back in 2004, he told Time magazine: "I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee."
Hill and McGraw live in Nashville, TN with their three daughters.
Hillary Clinton promises universal health care, alternative energy, middle class tax breaks, universal pre-k and to bring the troops home in her holiday commercial.
John Edwards's holiday message asks us to remember homeless veterans. Nice thought. Boring video.
Is it just us, or do the Obama girls get cuter and cuter every day?
Magic Johnson and Bill Clinton at a rally for Hillary. Photo credit: Keith Bradford for Reuters.
Magic Johnsonsays he supports Hillary Clinton because the lady is a champ. Barack Obama, he implies, is not.
"You don't want somebody in there that is young or a rookie at politics," said the former Los Angeles Lakers star at a pep rally for Hillary in Iowa. "We want somebody in there that knows what they're doing because this job is so huge."
Johnson is the third major celebrity to endorse Clinton after Oprah announced her plans to campaign for Obama. (Oprah campaigned for Obama weekend before last.) Madonna and Barbra Streisand announced their support a couple of weeks ago.
So will Madonna + Barbra + Magic = Oprah?
Nope. Not even close.
The Des Moines Register and The Boston Globe have announced their endorsements for the presidential primary election:
Des Moines Register
Democrat: Hillary Clinton
Republican : John McCain
The Boston Globe
Democrat: Barack Obama
Republican: John McCain
Looks like McCain made out like a bandit.
If you weren't one of the 70,000 people at the Oprah/Obama rallies this weekend or one of the millions of people who saw the news coverage, the Obama campaign wants to make sure that you know that Barack is Oprah's "most favoritest" thing. The campaign sent out an email yesterday evening asking recipients to forward a video with excerpts of Oprah's and Obama's remarks at the rallies to all of their friends.
Interesting is that the email about Oprah's endorsement came from "Obama from America," rather than Oprah herself. A personal email messsage from Oprah urging us gals to vote for Obama would be powerful with a capital P. Either the Obama campaign is holding the Oprah email card for later use (most likely), or Oprah has determined that an endorsement of that kind is more than her brand can handle (less likely... O can do almost anything).
View the video that came with the Oprah email above. Read the email in it's entirety after the jump.
Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie at the premiere of his new film Revolver
So Hillary Clinton's latest BFF is Madonna. Women's Wear Daily caught up with Madge and her husband Guy Ritchie at the premiere of his new film Revolver. Let's eavesdrop on the conversation.
WWD: Hillary or Obama?
Madge: Because I've gotta support the girls. And because I'm a big fan of the Clintons.
The madge dash to Hillary's side comes as no surprise. TMZ.com predicted that Madonna would support Hillary back in August, when she spent over two hours with Bill Clinton at his foundation's headquarters. You can watch TMZ.com's video of Madonna's visit - well, at least video of her walking in and out of the building - here. (Bill Clinton is the only person in the world who can keep the paps away from his office. Now that's power.)
Madonna and Guy Step Out, Support Hillary [The Huffington Post]
Thank goodness everybody is okay! A man who said he was wearing a bomb took hostages at Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, NH. The man has been arrested and all of the hostages are safe.
Clinton posted this statement on the homepage of her website:
I am very grateful that this difficult day has ended so well. All of my campaign staff and volunteers are safe. I want to thank them for their extraordinary courage and coolness under some very difficult pressures and dangerous situations. I also want to thank all of law enforcement. We were in touch from the moment this began with local, county, state, federal law enforcement. I am so grateful to them for their response which brought this hostage situation to such a good ending.
So with all the hoopla about the Iowa Caucus and the preceeding Heartland Presidential Forum, we had some questions. Like, what the heck is a caucus and who gives a hoot about Iowa anyway? So we decided to do some sleuthing, and (after fighting over who got to be Nancy Drew) we solved the mystery.
A caucus is a meeting where members of a political party make policy decisions and select candidates. Registered voters in Iowa select their Democratic and Republican presidential candidates by caucus instead of in a primary election.
The term "Iowa Caucus" really refers to the Iowa Caucuses, as there is a separate caucus held for each of Iowa's 1,784 precints. Democrats and Republicans caucus separately.
At Republican caucuses, participants show their candidate preferences by voting by paper ballot, a show of hands or dividing themselves by into groups according to candidate prefernece.
The Democratic process involves more drama. (As usual.) Democrats divide themselves into groups based on candidate preference. A candidate must get 15% of caucus goers' support in order to be "viable." Those candidate groups that are not "viable" can get others to join their group to make it viable, join the group of another candidate, join an uncommitted group or join no group and not be counted.
At the end ot the caucuses, each party tallies up voter preferences at the state level. The Democratic and Republican candidates with the most support are reported to the media as the "winner" of the Iowa Caucus for their party.
People make such a big deal out of the Iowa caucus because, as the first primary contest in the nation, it is the first opportunity to prove a candidate's strength. Also, now that the New Hampshire primary is just 5 days after the Iowa Caucus, a candidate might ride the momentum she/he gets from a win in Iowa to a win in New Hampshire (the other big deal in the presidential primary). If a candidate wins both Iowa and New Hamphire, his/her rivals are expected to have a tough time catching up.
So that's the gist of the Iowa Caucus (just enough to get by at a cocktail party).
www.iowacaucus.org [State of Iowa]
www.iowagop.net [Republican Party of Iowa]
www.iowademocrats.org [Iowa Democratic Party]
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.
Cocktails for the Obama campaign!
Iowa isn't exactly on the east side, but Barack Obama is movin' on up in favor among Democrats there. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that 30% of likely Democratic caucus goers in Iowa support Obama for president over rivals Hillary Clinton (26%), John Edwards (22%) and Bill Richardson (11%).
A four point lead ain't exactly a landslide, but it's still a good reason for some celebratory drinktime (or at least a few minutes of internet shoptime). Click here to get the party started!
Here's the latest ad from Hillary Clinton. It's a near tear jerker and features a grateful father who tells us that Hillary helped his son get a bone marrow transplant. We got all choked up when dad delivered these lines: "Now her opponents say that Hillary can't be trusted? I trusted this woman to save my son's life. And she did."
Take that, John Edwards.
Barack Obama is now running this ad in Iowa. A similar version has aired in New Hampshire for the past few weeks.
For those who missed it, here's video of Barack Obama giving a fiery and assertive speech at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa last week. Go 'head, Barry!
Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) supports Barack Obama for president. He told Reuters:
"I cannot believe that it possible a woman can become Premier of US and A - in Kazakhstan, we say that to give a woman power, is like to give a monkey a gun - very dangerous. We do not give monkeys guns any more in Kazakhstan ever since the Astana Zoo massacre of 2003 when Torkin the orang-utan shoot 17 schoolchildrens. I personal would like the basketball player, Barak Obamas, to be Premier."
Borat 4 Barack [PerezHilton.com]
Borat -- With Colbert Out? -- Backs 'Obamas' for President [Editor & Publisher]
A new Rasmussen poll released Novermber 7th shows that Hillary Clinton's lead in the New Hampshire Primary has fallen, but she still retains a double digit lead over all of her rivals. Here are the poll results:
Hillary Clinton 34%
Barack Obama 24%
John Edwards 15%
Bill Richardson 8%
Chris Dodd 3%
Joe Biden 3%
Dennis Kucinich 2%
Mike Gravel 1%
Clinton had a 16 point lead (38% to 22%) over nearest rival Obama in the last Rasmussen poll realeased on October 27th. Prior to that, Clinton put up a 23 point advantage over Obama (40% to 17%) in a Rasmussen poll realeased on September 18th.
Barack Obama participated in a Saturday Night Live skit this past Saturday to poke fun of rival Hillary Clinton. Barack and the other Democratic candidates have accused Hillary of being two-faced, and Barack drove this point home during his SNL appearance.
In the skit, a tall, thin man approaches "Hillary" (Amy Poehler) at her Halloween party, wearing a Barack Obama mask. Hillary wants to see who came to the party as Barack, so he takes the mask off. And it's... [drumroll please!]... Barack himself!
Hillary: So you came as yourself?
Barack: Well you know, Hillary, I have nothing to hide. I enjoy being myself. I'm not going to change who I am just because it is Halloween.
The audience laughed, but you know Hillary wasn't amused. She's going to stomp Barack's a**. Not necessarily in the primary, but if she catches his skinny tail alone in the dark halls of Congress.
Obama's shots go on, a surprise for Clinton on SNL [Baltimore Sun]
Live from New York, it's Sen Barack Obama [Chicago Sun-Times]
Anchor has nothing to fear from SNL gig [Chicago Sun-Times]
Ashley Judd, actress and YouthAIDS Global Ambasador, with YouthAIDS founder Kate Roberts
Actress and activist Ashley Judd will hit the political talk show circuit today to drum up support for programs that fight youth AIDS. She will talk about the youth AIDS problem on Fox News Sunday and This Week.
More than 12 million people under the age of 25 are infected with HIV and more than 50 percent of all new infections occur among 15- to 24-year-olds. "There is an extraordinary, compelling, urgent problem," Ashley told CNN.
Ashley is a Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, a nonprofit organization that uses pop culture to market safe sex practices to youth. YouthAIDS programs promoting AIDS prevention have reached more than 60 million youth in 60 countries.
Ashley has traveled to 10 countries in her role as Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS. She told CNN, "I have the opportunity to visit the everyday, unsung, unheralded heroes around the world, who are working in public health in extreme conditions, grossly underfunded, and celebrate them. And then go to governmental bodies and heads of state and to the media and say, 'Oh my gosh! Wait until you hear about this amazing grassroots program that I just saw in Cambodia.'"
You can watch Ashley discuss her work with YouthAIDS here . Watch her and other celebrities (Christina Aguilera, Cindy Crawford, Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LL Cool J and Salma Hayek) participate in an ALDO/YouthAIDS awareness campaign at the end of this entry.
In addition to her work promoting AIDS prevention, Ashley is very politically active. She is a pro-choice advocate and gives speeches and attends rallies in support of the cause. She has made financial contributions to Democratic candidates, and she supported former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., by appearing at a "Women for Ford" event during his U.S. Senate campaign.
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.
Those who say African Americans base their voting decisions solely on race are totally wrong.
Hillary Clinton has widened her democratic primary lead over rival Barack Obama (who, we all know, happens to be African American), thanks to the support of African American registered democrats. A recent CNN poll shows that African Americans support Clinton over Obama 57% to 33%. Clinton takes a greater lead among African American women, who support her over Obama 68% to 25%. African American men are split betwen the two candidates, with 42% favoring Clinton and 46% favoring Obama.
Clinton has also secured the endorsements of two prominent African American congressmen , Rep. Charles Rangel and Rep. John Lewis.
Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. talks on a cell phone upon her arrival at a Presidential Health Care Forum, sponsored by Families USA and the Federation of American Hospitals, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's pollster, said that 24% of Republican women could support Clinton over Barack Obama because of "the emotional element of potentially having the first woman nominee." The Obama camp disagrees.
Pollster: GOP women will support Clinton [AP]
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.
No more Mr. Nice Guy!
Barack Obama has pulled out the boxing gloves against rival Hillary Clinton. Here's an excerpt from a fundraising letter that his campaign just emailed under the heading "Hillary's Money."
We continue to build the largest grassroots movement in history, but Washington lobbyists and special interests rallied to help Hillary Clinton out-raise us for the first time.
If we want real change in this country, then we need to prove that together we are stronger than the lobbyist-driven money machine that has dominated Washington for too long....
Hillary Clinton aggressively seeks money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. She's even said that these lobbyists represent real Americans.
I think it's time to turn the page on that kind of politics, and that's why I have not accepted a dime from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs in this race. We rely on a network of more than 350,000 ordinary people to make us competitive -- more supporters than all the other Democratic candidates combined.
Washington lobbyists have chosen their candidate and are determined to provide her with an overwhelming advantage.
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.
Photo from BarackObama.com
Barack Obama is Christian. An untraceable email campaign, however, has sought to turn voters with anti-Muslim attitudes away from Obama by spreading the lie that he is Muslim. So not cool.
Politico published excerpts from the untruthful emails:
“Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background,” warns an e-mail titled “Who Is Barack Obama,” that was circulating in South Carolina political circles this summer and sent to Politico by a South Carolina Democrat.
“The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S. from the inside out; what better way to start than at the highest level?”
“Please forward to everyone you know,” it ended.
The other widely forwarded e-mail is titled “Can a good Muslim become a good American” and answers that question in the negative, before concluding: “And Barack Hussein Obama, a Muslim, wants to be our president!!!”
Polichicks, check out this Washington Post profile of a woman in politics doing her thing. Julianna Smoot took Barack Obama's fundraising plan from just a hope and a prayer to a lean, mean money machine.
Julianna Smoot wearing her best accessory, a smile. Photo credit: Rick Carioti, The Washington Post.
Bill Clinton is hosting a book party for Chelsea's ex-boyfriend, Ian Klauss, who penned Elvis Is Titanic. The move is unusual in that, at least, I hope my dad isn't throwing any festivas for any of my exes.
Chelsea and her friends are expected to attend the book party, and Ian has dedicated the book to Chelsea.
Apparently, Chelsea and Ian really meant it when they said "let's still be friends" at the end of their break up talk. (We all say that, but who ever really means it?)
"Oh, my God!" Pitt says in surprise. "I never thought about it. I have no desire at this point. Maybe I serve better by not going through that door." He laughs. "George should do it!" he says, offering up pal Clooney. "He'd be quite good. I think Ben Affleck should run."
Just as long as Brad doesn't endorse John Edwards.... That would cause a problem at home with girlfriend Angelina Jolie.
Hillary Clinton whupped some you-know-what in fundraising this past quarter. She raised $27 million, and for the first time, beat Barack Obama in number of new donors and amount of primary election money raised.
Clinton Outpaces Obama in Fundraising in Third Quearter [CNN]
Clinton Leads the Field in Campaign Fundraising [The Los Angeles Times]
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.]
James Denton, who plays hearthrop Mike Delfino on Desperate Housewives, says that he is "desperate" for "the kind of change that John Edwards is offering - the kind of change that America deperately needs." He also says that Edwards is desperate for cash and asks for contributions. If you are desperate to see for yourself, the video is below.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks with Dr. Nadine Burke about expanding coverage for children under the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Photo credit: Pelosi's official website at www.house.gov/pelosi.
Everybody's sweating the polichicks! Politicians are doing all they can to book appearances on daytime talk shows to reach us.
So on that note, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will appear on The View tomorrow to discuss her role as the first woman Speaker of the House, children's health insurance (she's fighting for it!), Iraq, and the news of the day. The interview will air live, and the Speaker will appear as the first guest on the third segment of the show. The View airs at 11 a.m. EST on ABC.
Be sure to watch!
Tyra asked Barack to send a message to her brother and his fellow troops who are stationed in Afghanistan. The clip below aired today on the Tyra Show.
When asked who would play him in a movie, Barack Obama said that he would like Denzel Washington to play him but admitted that Will Smith would be better because of the ears.The clip below aired today on the Tyra Show.
Looking for his future in a crystal ball, Barack Obama exclaimed, "I see the White House right there!" The clip below aired today on the Tyra Show.
They're sweating us, polichicks! We've talked a lot about how the presidential candidates are all hitting the daytime talk shows that target female audiences. They've been on Ellen, The View, Oprah, Rachel Ray, and others.
Well, Barack Obama is no different. He wants us too! Watch him on the Tyra Show today at noon. Tyra Banks says that this is "the most important interview that I have ever done" and has dedicated the entire hour to Barack.
Porn star Jenna Jameson told PR.com that she likes Hillary Clinton for president, even though Hillary's "pretty conservative for a Democrat."
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).
Politico reports that Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) will endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton for president on Monday. Bayh's endorsement is quite the feather in Clinton's cap, because as a moderate Democrat representing an overwhelmingly Republican state, he is expected to help Clinton win votes in Republican states. Bayh, who once hoped to win the Democratic nomination himself, serves with Clinton on the Armed Forces Committee and is a former chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.
Clinton has also been endorsed by a former rival for the Democratic nomination, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, and retired four star General Wesley Clark, who sought the Democratic nomination in 2004.
When asked by an editor at the gay publication The Advocate how she responds to the lesbian rumors about her, Hillary Clinton said, "People say a lot of things about me, so I don't pay any attention to it."
"It's not true, but it is something that I have no control over. People will say what they want to say."
Sean Kennedy, The Advocate editor who interviewed Clinton told the NY Daily News, "I 100% believe she's a straight, heterosexual woman."
Hillary Clinton: I'm Not A Lesbian [NY Daily News]
Tonight, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden,
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be featured
in an encore broadcast of The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS-TV.
The show originally aired on July 31, 2007, the publication date of
his book, Promises To Keep. Tune in or TiVO this interview with
To learn more about Sen. Biden, visit www.JoeBiden.com
A University of Florida student was arrested by campus police after he angrily and repeatedly asked Sen. John Kerry questions about the war, the 2004 election and his involvement in Yale's Sculls and Bones Society. The student was asked several times to stop the questioning after his time was up. When approached by campus police, the student resisted arrest and police tasered him. While this was happening, Sen. Kerry could be heard saying "It's alright. I'll answer his question," "Let me answer it" and "it's a very important question." A video recording of the incident is below.
As the presidential candidates continue to seek non-traditional media outlets that will reach a female audience, Hillary Clinton advises young women to "dare to compete" on Cosmo Girl!'s website.
The 2008 election will be decided by us polichicks, as women make up 54% of the electorate! Be heard. Make a difference. Follow the election and vote!
An email from Barack Obama on the anniversary of September 11th:
Six years ago, on a bright and beautiful Tuesday morning, a new kind of enemy came to America's shores.
We will never forget the images of that terrible day -- the planes vanishing into buildings, the thick black clouds of smoke, and the haunting pictures of the missing.
On this anniversary, we pause to remember each and every victim of those attacks.
We celebrate the lives that were tragically cut short. We grieve with the families and friends who lost loved ones. We honor the service and sacrifice of the emergency responders who set an example to the whole world that in America we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper.
And we pause to honor the brave men and women of the United States military -- and their families -- who have borne such a heavy burden for the last six years.
We also remember how Americans were stirred to a common purpose. On the lines to donate blood or the candlelight vigils that stretched across our country, there was no red America and there was no blue America. We were united in our grief for our fellow citizens. We were united in our resolve to stand with one another and to stand up to terror. We were united as Americans.
Six years later, the threat to America has only grown. Al Qaeda has reconstituted a new safe-haven where it trains recruits and plots attacks. Al Qaeda's top two leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, continue to disseminate their hate-filled propaganda and inspire legions of followers. Like-minded extremists have struck in scores of countries. The war in Iraq continues to fuel terror and extremism. A Taliban insurgency rages on in Afghanistan. In too many disconnected corners of the world, hate is casting a shadow over hope.
Our calling today remains the same as it was on 9/11. We must write a new chapter in American history. We must bring justice to the terrorists who killed on our shores. We must devise new strategies, develop new capabilities, and build new alliances to defeat the threats of the 21st century. We must extend hope to the hopeless corners of the world and reaffirm our core values to counter the hateful message of the extremists. And we must secure a more resilient homeland.
To write that new American story, we must recapture that sense of common purpose that we had on September 11, 2001.
America is bigger than the challenge that came to our shores. Let us honor the legacy of those we lost by coming together anew. Let us always mark this day by affirming that hope will triumph over fear, and that a new generation of Americans will seek a safer, freer, and more perfect union.
Here's an AP video about Oprah's Saturday fundraiser for Barack Obama. Stevie Wonder performed and Hollywood's biggest stars were in attendance.
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.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama introduced legislation yesterday that would require federal campaigns to disclose the identities of their "bundlers." Bundlers are people with extensive professional and social networks who raise lots of money (or "bundle" contributions) from their friends and professional colleagues for campaigns. Since an individual can only contribute a maximum of $4,600 to a federal campaign under federal law ($2,300 for the primary election and $2,300 for the general election), campaigns often rely heavily on bundlers for bigger (bundled) donations.
Hat Tip: Baltimore Sun
America's favorite Bill was on David Letterman last night. Here's a clip.
After months of press and blogger speculation, actress and Obama fan Halle Berry has confirmed that she and her model boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey are expecting: "Yes, I am three months pregnant! Gabriel and I are beyond excited, and I've waited a long time for this moment in life. Now the next seven months will be the longest of my life!"
President Bill Clinton will be on Oprah today at 4 EST to share his new passion: giving.
In a Labor Day speech in Pittsburgh, Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards promised to make joining a union easier (by requiring only a signature on a membership card) and protect workers' right to strike (by outlawing the use of replacement workers during strikes).
Edwards' efforts to attract labor support have paid off. Prior to his speech on Monday, the United Steelworkers and United Mine Workers of America endorsed him. (The United Steelworkers has 850,000 members and, according to the Edwards campaign, is the largest private industrial union in the United States.) The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners has also endorsed Edwards.
Other Democratic candidates have also scored with unions. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the United Transportation Union have endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton. The International Association of Fire Fighters has endorsed Sen. Chris Dodd.
The most phenomenal of phenomenal women, Dr. Maya Angelou, poetically endorses Hillary Clinton here.
Hillary Clinton just scored an endorsement from rapper 50 Cent (ne Curtis James Jackson). "I'd like to see Hillary Clinton be president," MTV News reports 50 told Rap-Up Magazine. "It would be nice to see a woman be the actual president and ... this is a way for us to have Bill Clinton be president again, and he did a great job during his term."
50, who shares a birthday with George W. Bush, also revealed his opinion of the president. "[Bush] has less compassion than a regular human being," he said. Seems Fiddy also thinks G-Dub is a punk. "Me and George Bush are so different. ... I actually go to war, when I go to war. Bush just sends [people] to war."
George Clooney is the hottest political commentator we know! Read his "analysis" of the Demoratic primary below.
From the Associated Press (as published in The Chicago Tribune):
Obama's Lika A Rockstar
Barack Obama has the aura of a rock star, says George Clooney, who also had some kind words for other Democratic presidential candidates.
"You've been in a room once in a while with a rock star. He walks into the world, and he takes your breath away. I'd love him to be president, quite honestly," the actor told reporters Friday at the Venice Film Festival, where his legal thriller "Michael Clayton" was premiering.
Clooney, who banked a check for Obama at a private $1.3 million fundraiser in
But with more than a year until the election, Clooney also said he liked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards -- and pondered whether former Vice President Al Gore might vie for the presidency again.
"It could be interesting," he said.
The politics of war was in the air at
Clooney -- who said he made "Syriana" and "Good Night, and Good Luck," out of anger that he was labeled a traitor for questioning the decision to go to war -- told reporters he thinks change is coming.
He said he believes Americans are now in the process of fixing the mistakes of the last few years.
Fixing things, "that's what Americans have been really good at," he said.
Copyright © 2007, The Associated Press
Hillary Clinton's campaign sent out the alert below to let everyone know about Hillary's and Bill's upcoming appearances on Letterman, Oprah and Larry King. Make sure you watch!
Mark your calendars and set your Tivos and VCRs -- you don't want to miss Hillary's two upcoming TV appearances! Tonight she'll be making her seventh appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman -- her first as a candidate for president. And this coming Tuesday, September 4, she'll be Ellen's guest on the season premiere of the Ellen DeGeneres show.
Ellen is soliciting questions from her viewers to ask of Hillary, and we want to turn it around on her. So if you have a question for Hillary to ask Ellen, submit it here:
Also on September 4, you can catch President Clinton on both the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Late Show, talking about his new book Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World. He'll also be on CNN's Larry King Live on September 5.
Check the links below for full listings:
- August 30: Hillary on Letterman - Listings
- September 4: Hillary on Ellen - Listings
- September 4: Bill Clinton on Oprah - Listings
- September 4: Bill Clinton on Letterman - Listings
- September 5: Bill Clinton on Larry King - Listings
The military mom is the new swing voter. Traditionally, she would support the Republicans, but dissatisfaction with the way the war has been handled by Repblicans has got her eyeing the Dems. Which way will she swing? The Washington Post reports.
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.
TMZ is reporting that Oprah wants out-of-town guests for her Barack Obama fundraiser to stay at the San Ysidro Ranch. One little snafu... there's a wedding there the day of her fundraiser, and many of the guest rooms are already booked.
Oprah's people have tried to get the bride to move her wedding, but she won't budge. Well, of course not. It's her wedding! You know, that (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime event that little girls dream of (and sometimes plan) from birth?
All sentiments aside, Oprah got her way. "The wedding party did cancel a few rooms -- but we didn't charge a cancellation fee because there was such a demand for rooms that weekend," said the hotel manager.
If you're one of the lucky 1500 of O's closest friends who will be at the fundraiser, you'll be kicking it with Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, and [insert deep, wishful sigh here] George Clooney. All are expected to attend.
Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli have all given shoutouts to Barack Obama. Get the rundown here.
Hat Tip: hiphopx.com
FoxNews.com posted an article by demcratic strategist Susan Estrich titled The Dog Days of Politics Become Campaign Prime Time. In the article, Estrich notes how early we are paying attention to our presidential primary candidates this cycle. She also makes (again) the case for Hillary Clinton.
Estrich published a book actually titled The Case for Hillary Clinton about two years ago, which I thought made some valid points about Clinton's viability as a candidate when I read it back then. My colleagues, on the other hand, thought I was a nutcase for even beginning to think that Clinton had a shot. "She might have a chance in the primary... might," they said, "but even then she'll never get far in the general election." We'll see.
Susan Estrich is a Fox News commentator and (excellent) law professor at the University of Southern California Law School (I took her class on criminal law). She attended Harvard Law School, where she was the first woman editor of the Harvard Law Review (Barack Obama was the first African American editor). She also became the first woman to head up a presidential campaign when 1988 democratic candidate Michael Dukakis appointed her his campaign manager.
Author Kristin Gore is now a Cosmo girl. Check her out in the new Cosmopolitan Magazine (September 2007) dressed in a power suit comprised of a short, hip tweed jacket and thigh-high mini skirt paired with at least 3- inch- high Stuart Weitzman pumps. The long legs, the heels... chic yet still power lunch appropriate.
Look closely at Kristin's photo to see that she's holding a copy of her latest book,"Sammy's House," which is a definite polichick lit must-read. Kristin happens to be the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at the 2006 NAACP Convention (AP)
There's a short Obama interview in today's Washington Post in which Obama emphasizes the differences between himself and Clinton. Read it here.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson will team up with co-hosts Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy to host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on September 14 in Los Angeles. In a statement, Johnson said Clinton "has the experience and knowledge to help lead our country."
Just days earlier on September 8, Oprah Winfrey will host a fundraiser for Barack Obama at her Montecito estate.
Sen. Barack Obama Barackstar is on the cover of GQ Magazine (September 2007). View GQ's Barackstar slideshow here.
Angelina Jolie is so over the press spreading rumors about her. Sure, she's used to the press accusing her of drinking blood, being a homewrecker, engaging in wild and freaky sexual activity, and well, frankly being a wierdo... but when the press reports that she supports John Edwards for president, well, that's where she has to draw the line! In defense of her reputation, Jolie released the following statement:
''There are many false stories that circulate about me, but the one I feel I need to address, because it is about such an important topic, is that I have not decided to endorse John Edwards, or any other presidential candidate. Like many Americans, I am learning more about the candidates' records and positions but at this time I have not yet made an endorsement."
Do. Not. Say. Angie. Likes. John. Edwards.
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.
Barack Obama will be on the cover of Vibe Magazine's "Juice" issue (September 2007). He will be the first politician ever to grace it's cover. It's Obama time.
Oprah Winfrey, who has called presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama "my favorite guy" and "my choice," will host a swank fundraiser for him at her Montecito estate. This is sure to be among the most talked-about events of the election season. Who wouldn't want to kick it with Oprah, Barack and a bunch of A-list celebrities in Oprah's posh mansion?! We are so there!
Tickets are $2,300 per person, which is the maximum amount that an individual can contribute to a primary election. An individual can give a federal candidate up to a total of $4,600 in an election cycle, $2,300 for the primary election and $2,300 for the general election. There are also perks for guests who raise money for the event in addition to writing their own check. Guests who raise $25,000 will get into a VIP reception, and those who raise $50,000 will get into a VIP dinner.
This is the first time that Oprah has officially endorsed an White House candidate. As Oprah is one of the most influential celebrities with a fan base of millions who trust her opinion and watch her show everyday (us included), her endorsement of Obama is likely to be worth far more to the campaign in exposure than any amount of money raised.