Recently in Reaching Female Voters Category
First Lady Michelle Obama is the epitome of holiday sparkle on the cover of Glamour's Women of the Year issue (December issue, on stands November 10th).
Mrs. Obama is pictured wearing a sleeveless, Santa red cocktail dress and a chunky, beaded necklace decorated with two large bows. Of course, we had to know what stylist and/or designer is responsible for Mrs. Obama's fab look. Glamour filled us in: "She styled herself and wore her own clothes!"
Mrs. Obama appears on Glamour's cover, because the magazine is honoring her for her commitment to mentoring young women. Mentoring is very important to the First Lady, as she told Katie Couric, Glamour's new monthly columnist:
"I think that mentoring is such a critical part of the role I can play in this position. I see how little bits of exposure and big bits of exposure really change my girls significantly, and I want that for more girls around the country and the world."
On a fun note, the First Lady also showed that she has the chops to be a dating mentor. (Move over, Millionaire Matchmaker! ) Mrs. O's advice on men? Don't fall for dreamy eyes and a pretty smile, 'cuz cute ain't all that:
"Cute's good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it's, Who are you as a person? Don't look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul...When you're dating a man, you should always feel good...You shouldn't be in a relationship with somebody who doesn't make you completely happy and make you feel whole."
For more, read excerpts of Mrs. Obama's interview over here and then get thee to a magazine stand to pick up Glamour on November 10th.
In one fabulous little op-ed, writer Jeanne McManus sums up the point of Polichicks: a woman's ability to be both mentally and fashionably fierce should be covered by the press. Some readers, us Polichicks included, like to read about a woman's (or a man's) smart fashion choices just as much as her intelligent policy decisions. "I enjoy reading about Michelle Obama's clothes," McManus writes. "I like to know what she's wearing, appreciate details about her shoes and gloves, wonder where she got her necklace."
We're so on the same page. Do we care to hear Michelle Obama's message? Yes. Do we want to know what she's wearing when she delivers it? Hells yes!
McNamus implores the press to give us more of what she wore: "I think we have an opportunity for another kind of change in the coverage of a woman who thinks smart, talks smart and looks smart. Why can't we readers be allowed to see the whole picture?"
Elisabeth Hasselbeck will join Sarah Palin on the campaign trail this weekend. The McCain/Palin campaign hopes that Elisabeth will help attract more women to the ticket.
We thought that's what Palin was for, but she hasn't been as effective as the campaign would like. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 56% of women say they question McCain's judgement because he picked Palin as his running mate.
Elisabeth represents the lone conservative voice on The View. She recently spoke against the media's focus on Sarah Palin's $150,000 new wardrobe with, "Are you looking into Joe Biden's supposed botox shots in his forehead?" Ouch.
Photo from ABC.com.
Meghan McCain poses for the September issue of Glamour
The September issue of Glamour dishes all you need to know about Meghan McCain. For starters, Meghan's not interested in dating a guy who wants to get closer to her dad than her:
I don't want to be an accessory to a guy's impending political career, and unfortunately I get that a lot. I'm not attracted to guys with political action committees, I'm sorry.... I'm attracted to men whose realities are different [from mine]. You'll get a lot further with me talking about art and music than you will talking about politics.... And I'd really hate myself if I dated a journalist.
Meghan has no interest in dudes who lack game, particularly the guy who tried to pick her up with this lameness: "Baby, I could totally give you a tour of the Capitol." Imagine the deflation of that guy's ego if Meghan told him her dad is John McCain, so she can see the Capitol any ol' time. And who uses pick up lines like that anyway? Alas, as we know all too well from personal experience, every other guy....
If even a potential first daughter can't escape weak game, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Michelle Obama. Photo from her BlogHer bio page.
In addition to wife, mother, attorney, and political campaigner, Michelle Obama is adding blogger to her resume. She joins 15 million American women who already have their own blogs.
Michelle's blog will be carried on the BlogHer network. BlogHer, the online community for women who blog, has 26,000 members and is by far the most well known "meeting place" for women bloggers. Way to reach women voters, Michelle! We think this move is smart, smart, smart, expecially when you consider that women make up 54% of the electorate.
Being tech savvy is nothing new to the Obama camp. The campaign has used web organizing tools, blogging, viral video and text messaging to it's advantage from jump. Michelle's blog is yet another extension of the rock solid tech platform that the campaign has built to spread it's message, combat the the messages of political foes and create a momentum now known as Obama-mania.
Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive and Sen. Barack Obama spoke at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.
Why is Cindi Leive so live? She is editor-in-chief of top women's publication Glamour, has scored one-on-one interviews with each of the presidential candidates, and looks understatedly fabulous in just a simple black dress. Some girls have all the
luck smarts, savvy and style.
Leive sat down recently with Barack Obama and asked his reaction to political attacks on his wife Michelle. "It's infuriating," said the senator, adding later that "rarely do these foks have the guts to say it to [my] face." In defense of Michelle, he asserted:
Everybody who knows Michelle knows how extraordinary she is. She's ironically the most quintessentially American woman I know. She grew up in a "Leave it to Beaver" family. She is the best mother I know. And our kids are a testimony to that, because she's really had to raise them, oftentimes without me being there. She's the most honest person I know, she's smart, she's funny, so yeah, it infuriates me. And I think that it is an example of the erosion of civility in our political culture that she's been subjected to these attacks, and my attitude is that the people who have attacked her in the ways that they have...if they've got a difference with me on policy, they should debate me. Not her.
You can read a lengthier excerpt of Leive's interview with Obama in Glamour's Glamocracy blog over here. The full interview will be published in Glamour's October issue.
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.
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.
Everybody knows about Glamour 's hotter than hot political blog, Glamocracy. And if you don't know, you better ask somebody! Cuz you sure don't want to miss Glamocracy's daily news updates, opinion pieces and interviews with the wannabe presidents.
Speaking of Glamocracy's interviews with the wannabes, the latest was with Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive talked to the Senator just moments before his appearance on Saturday Night Live.
So does Sen. McCain know how to please a woman? Let's see... Will make a woman laugh. Check. Will stand up for a woman, namely, his wife Cindy. Check. Can sing a pretty love song. Well, no candidate is perfect.
Maybe he can still impress us with some good public policies? Read an interview clip here to see. The rest of the interview will appear in an upcoming issue of Glamour. To be sure you don't miss it, just go over 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.
Chelsea Clinton wishes her mom and all moms a happy mother's day, reminding everyone: "Your little girls can be anything they want to be when they grow up, even if it's to be the second woman president of the United States."(Hmm.. this video must have been filmed before Barack Obama's big NC victory, but the sentiment is nice just the same.)
"You're wearing that?!" We've all gasped in utter shock and asked our mom that question
at least once too many times. And our moms have (unreasonably) asked us the same.
No different from the next mom, Hillary Clinton likes to wear embarassing outfits and complain that her daughter's floor length skirts are "too short." She dishes on her experiences as a mom in an interview and town hall meeting sponsored by momlogic, a website that's totally biased in support of your mother's point of view.
View the momlogic interview and town hall exclusive with Hillary Clinton here.
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.
Actresses Hayden Panettiere and Rosario Dawson, cyclist Lance Armstrong and recording star Josh Groban talk to Larry King about why everyone should vote. So watch them here and vote!
Meghan McCain (right) with friend La-Toria Haven is not afraid of McDonalds.
In response to those who pressure women to be a size 0, Meghan McCain published this essay on her website:
by Meghan McCain
As you may have noticed, I seldom use the Blogette as a medium to discuss social or political issues unless I feel particularly compelled to do so. This is one of those times. One of the unintended consequences of my dad becoming the presumptive Republican nominee is the increased level of public scrutiny on him and our family. Of course I expected more than my fair share when I decided to put myself out there and write a blog on the campaign; however, I've been surprised by critical comments regarding my weight and body shape. It recently reached a ridiculous level when someone handed me a business card for a plastic surgeon and suggested I needed liposuction. I am proud of my curves and have always loved my fuller figure, as should every woman who is not a size "0". I want to be a positive role model for my little sister and all of the other young women who read my blog and help perpetuate a more positive image for women, regardless of their body size. I feel empowered to tell everyone that it's important to maintain a healthy weight that works for them - not everyone is going to be model thin, nor should they expect to be. To every young girl reading this blog, it is inner beauty and happiness that makes a person beautiful, not a number on a scale.
Meghan McCain recaps the most recent happenings in the McCain camp through February 22nd.
Outraged, frustrated and appalled. Just a few words to describe my thoughts after reading Gloria Steinem's article entitled Women Are Never Front Runners. Steinem's comparison of race and gender is offensive and condescending. Race and gender are not interchangeable. Unless I am mistaken, African-American women do not have the luxury of deciding when, or if, their life experiences are shaped by gender, race or both.
According to Steinem, being an African-American male is more advantageous than being a white woman. Because society has more faith male leadership, Senator Clinton is not getting her fair shake in the media. While I concede, men outnumber women in leadership roles, I disagree that Senator Clinton is not being taken seriously because of her gender. Yes, African-American men had the right to vote fifty years before any woman but African-American men also suffered years of lynching, intimidation, and other acts of violence to prevent them from voting or seek public office.
Since African-American men were granted a constitutional right to vote, there have only been three African-American governors! In comparison, there has been over three times the number of white women governors since women received the right to vote. In 2004, for example, the country had nine white women governors. White women are making progress in the fight for gender equality. But what about African-American women; who advocate on our behalf?
To assert that Senator Obama is being promoted in the media only because he is an African-American man is laughable. Senator Obama is succeeding in spite of the media's subtle negative associations about his race. Senator Obama is succeeding despite the fact that African-American men continue to be victims of violence. Just ask Michael Bell, Rodney King, Amadou Diallo and Michael Griffith, if they thought being an African-American male was such a privilege.
Steinem also ignores the unique issues that African-American women professionals confront on a daily basis. We are women AND we are women of color. Society says we must choose, but how can we? Is it really that absurd that if Senator Obama was an African-American woman, he would not be a serious presidential candidate? Ouch!
Is that new-aged feminism at its best? Her example is just as insulting to African-American woman as the notion that the media is being unfair to Senator Clinton. I am tired of the rhetoric and the blatant disregard for woman of color, especially African-American women, as if we are non-entities. Wake up
Rashida Y. V. MacMurray is a practicing attorney affliated with a large national firm specializing in the areas of construction disputes and sustainable design development. Rashida received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will appear on the Tyra Show. Watch this Friday at 12 pm EST.
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.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was on The View Tuesday morning to talk about abortion, the economy, immigration, China and his race for the White House. The highlight of the interview? When co-host Joy Behar said to him, "Now you're probably not going to win, and you know that, right?" Yes- she went there. Watch below in two parts (part 1 top, part 2 bottom).
In honor of tonights's Dancing with the Stars finale (8pm EST on ABC), let's watch Barack Obama do the uh-oh on Ellen.
Sex and the City castmates Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Catrell. AP Photo.
Single women are a fast-growing demographic. For the first time in our nation's history, the number of single women is equal to the number of married women. And every presidential candidate is sweating our vote.
Or, at least, they should be. Dubbed the "Sex and the City" vote, we make up 26% of the potential voting pool, and pundits say that we have the power to determine the outcome of the next presidential election.
So to any presidential candidate who thinks that they don't need to address our issues or court our vote, we say go 'head with your bad self. See what happens on November 4th.
Sex and the Single Woman's Vote [ABC News]
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.
Jenna Bush, 26, and BFF Mia Baxter, 25, talked to Glamour about their best friendship.
The pair met 10 years ago in Madrid, when they participated in a high school overseas student exchange program. They recently published the book Ana's Story together (Jenna wrote the text and Mia, a photographer, took the pictures). Ana's Story is about the difficulties faced by an HIV infected single mother living in Latin America.
Not sure when Glamour posted the article about the girls' BFF-hood (probably within the past few weeks). Just ran across it.
In photo on left, Jenna Bush and Mia Baxter pose for Glamour.
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.
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.
Meghan Will, Cindy McCain, Meghan McCain and La-toria Haven atend a Young Professionals event for Sen. John McCain in Arizona. Photo from mccainblogette.com.
McCain's Daughter Aims To Be Next Wonkette [The Huffington Post]
"Today the president showed the nation his true priorities: $700 billion for a war in Iraq, but no health care for low-income kids; $50 billion in subsidies for huge oil companies; but no health care for low-income kids; $8 billion lost to waste, fraud, abuse, and no-bid contracts in Iraq, but no health care for low-income kids," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.
"Millions of American children and their families won't forget that they are on the bottom of the president's priority list," Emanuel said.
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.
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!
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.
This presidential election is expected to turn on how women vote, so the presidential candidates are employing non-traditional methods to reach us polichicks. Politico ran an article by Helena Andrews about how the presidential candidates are battling for appearances on morning TV shows to reach their primarily female audiences. Check it out here.
President Bill Clinton will be on Oprah today at 4 EST to share his new passion: giving.
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.
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.