August 2007 Archives

Hillary Clinton was quite the comedian on Letterman last night.  Watch her "Top Ten Campaign Promises" here and see her confront David Letterman for making fun of her pantsuits here.
Slate.com did a piece explaining the cruising signals that Sen. Craig used to solicit sex from an undercover cop in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport restroom.  You can read it here.

Minneapolis police have released a tape of their interview with Sen. Craig following his arrrest for soliciting another man (undercover cop) in a Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport restroom on July 11, 2007.  On the tape, police accuse Sen. Craig of lying about his actions and intentions.  You can hear the audio here or read an unedited transcript after the jump. 

Politico reports that Hollywood actor and as of yet unannounced predidential candidate, Sen. Fred Thompson,  will officially announce his bid for the presidency (no surprise there) via webcast on September 6th.  The night before, Thompson will "tease his announcement" during an appearance on "The Tonight Show."  You can get the full scoop here

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:

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/questionsforellen

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
Make sure you don't miss them!

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.

Campaigning Kids

Watch MSNBC video on the role of candidates' kids on the campaign trail here.

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.

 

Well, it's about time.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will (finally) announce his resignation later today.  Word is that he gave his resignation to President Bush on Friday, but the White House held back on making an announcement until President Bush could meet Gonzales and his wife for lunch at the Crawford ranch.  Gonzales, a long-time friend of the Bush family, has been under fire for his role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys for political purposes.  Lawmakers in both parties pushed for his resignation over the past several months.

 

Sen. Barack Obama Barackstar was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night.  You can watch it here.
Word is that former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) will resign on November 6th of this year.  If that happens, he will be replaced in a special election.  This would slightly benefit Democrats who want a shot at his seat, since Barack Obama's (D-IL) participation in the presidential primary is expected to bring out a higher than usual number of Democratic voters.  The current Speaker of the House is California Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who was elected the first woman speaker shortly after Democrats gained the majority in Congress after the 2006 mid-term election.

Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama Barackstar says that he is not feeling Obama Girl.  Obama Girl is actress Amber Lee Ottinger, who appears in a saucy you tube video singing and dancing about her lust for Barackstar.  Barackstar gets that the video was made in jest, but he expresses concern about the effect that it will have on his young daughters.

"Sasha asked Mommy about it. She said, 'Daddy already has a wife' or something like that," Barackstar told the Associated Press. "I guess it's too much to ask, but you do wish people would think about what impact their actions have on kids and families. This is part of the process of politics that can be difficult, (that) is making sure that your kids and your wife and your family are insulated from both things like this and what I suspect will be at some point some negative campaigning."

Hmmm.  Looks to us like the Barackstar camp is about to make family an issue in this campaign.  Barackstar's  suggestion that people should "think about what impact their actions have on kids and families" could be intended to remind voters of the Clintons' marital difficulties and their inability to protect Chelsea (and your kids) from Bill's no-no activities.

We'll see where this goes...  but in the meantime, you can see the Obama Girl video (if you're not one of the 3 million Americans who already has) here.

 

 

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.

 

  Bush_Tony Snow.jpgWhite House press secretary, Tony Snow, said yesterday that he will leave the Bush administration soon because he can't afford to live on his salary.  "I will not be able to make it to the end of this administration, just financially," he said. Snow earns $168,000 per year, making him the kind of poor most Americans wish they could be. 

Formerly a conservative political commentator and talk-show host on Fox News Radio, Snow was appointed press secretary in April 2006. A cancer survivor, he announced the recurrence of his colon cancer in March and completed his last chemotherapy treatment yesterday, but he did not cite health as a reason for his departure.  Snow is 52 and has 3 kids.

  
    
    

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain was on Jon Stewart last night to promote his new book, Hard Call.  As always, McCain's performance was personable and funny.  Not to be outdone, Stewart couldn't resist teasing the senator about his falling-apart-at-the-seams presidential campaign. 

 

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Love a good wedding! Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue... uh red?

Jenna Bush, 25, and Henry Hager, 29, got engaged yesterday in Maine. The White House released the following statement:

"President and Mrs. George W. Bush are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jenna Bush, to Mr. Henry Hager, son of the Honorable and Mrs. John H. Hager of Richmond, Virginia. Miss Bush and Mr. Hager became engaged Wednesday, August 15, 2007."

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

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has a new book out called Hard Call.  Here is a video interview with him discussing the book.  The video was produced by his campaign.

 

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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.

 

Magic Johnson.jpgEarvin "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.

 

Obama GQ Cover.jpgSen. Barack Obama Barackstar is on the cover of GQ Magazine (September 2007).  View GQ's Barackstar slideshow here.

 

 

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So when you least expect it, expect it.  Karl Rove announced this morning that he will leave the Bush administration. Who woulda guessed that?  Rove and Bush were thought inseparable like Frick and Frack,  Brad and Jen, Ben and Jerry, Dolce and Gabbana...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Rove will resign from his position as President Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff on August 31st and return to his home in Texas.  Known as "Bush's Brain" and "the Architect" of Bush's rise to power, Rove is credited with masterminding Bush's gubernatorial and presidential campaign strategies.  He says that he is leaving to write a book and spend more time with his family.

First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush are collaborating on a children's book that will be published by HarperCollins in September 2008.  (Confidential to G Dub: yes, there will be lots of pictures...really big ones...with colors too.) The story will be based on Mrs. Bush's and Jenna's experiences as teachers.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to partner with one of my favorite teachers, my daughter Jenna, to write a children's book -- and to have it illustrated by the wonderfully talented artist, Denise Brunkus," the Mrs. Bush said in a statement issued Thursday by HarperCollins. 

Jenna Bush is also happy about the collaboration.  "My mom has been my lifelong inspiration, sharing her love of reading and books with (my sister) Barbara and me since we were little girls," she said in a statement. "I've taken that passion into the classroom. I hope this book will help kids realize the importance and fun that reading can add to their daily lives."

Kids across the nation say they are excited to read the Book.  President Bush says he looks forward to sounding it out.

 

Fred and Jeri.jpgHollywood actor and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) has announced the redo and relaunch of the website for his not yet announced presidential campaign.  If you're with Fred, you can see the site at www.imwithfred.com. Thompson is pictured above with his wife Jeri.

 

unhcr_jolie.jpgAngelina 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.

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