With the election only 12 days away, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are embarking on the final legs of their campaign tours. Both candidates have plans to appear in battleground states like Ohio and Florida, but they’ve also been paying their dues — Obama especially — to the entertainment beast with recent stints on The Tonight Show, The Late Night with David Letterman and Live! With Kelly and Michael. The latest is Rolling Stone, which, not surprisingly for the historically liberal publication, features a cover-story interview with the President. Conducted by presidential historian Douglas Brinkley — who is staunchly anti-Romney — the interview covers many of the campaign’s familiar talking points: women’s reproductive rights, the economy, Obamacare. But there are indeed some surprises, even for those of us who watched all three debates (or at least saw the highlights). Take a look after the jump at the 10 points that stood out the most.
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“This is not a media event or about Donald J. Trump– this is about the United States of America,” national embarrassment and one-time-polling-higher-than-Romney presidential candidate Donald Trump declared yesterday about the “very, very big” announcement he would release today.
Trump debuted a video just now with his offensive offer to the president: Release your college paperwork (applications, grades, etc.) and he’ll donate five million dollars to the charity of the president’s choice. He’s ostensibly doing this to
give himself 24 hours in the news cycle promote transparency, but Trump forgets that Obama is already a very transparent president – he’s downright see-through, according to Clint Eastwood and Co. at the RNC.
On a more serious note, can we talk about how gross it is that Trump is essentially withholding money from charities that could use the help? These kind of hostage tactics would never fly on The Celebrity Apprentice.
Who do you think is shooting the video? Self-shot with a webcam? Third wife Melania Trump? One of his sons? (“Daa-aadd. You’re embarrassing us!”) Check it out and leave your best guess in the comments.
In an age when partisanship is starker than ever, poor Ann Coulter has to act more and more outrageous just to get people to pay attention to her. This may explain why the outrage-generating machine sent the following tweet after Monday’s presidential debate:
I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.—
Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 23, 2012
Oh, and then there was this one:
Obama: "Stage 3 Romneysia" – because cancer references are HILARIOUS. If he's "the smartest guy in the room" it must be one retarded room.—
Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 23, 2012
Eeeesh. While we’d love to just pretend this never happened, Coulter’s offensive words did at least inspire Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to write a moving open letter in response. Stephens hasn’t let his Down syndrome stop him from living life to the fullest — and he, perhaps more than anyone, is the perfect person to point out how wrong Coulter’s tweets were. Here’s the most poignant part of the letter:
There are renewed concerns about Lindsay Lohan’s welfare. Her dad recently attempted an intervention, a screenwriter accused her of skipping work, she seemingly can’t drive two blocks without bumping into someone or something, and she still likes the nightlife. So I was relieved yet surprised last night as I settled in with my iPhone for last night’s presidential debate to read a Tweet from Lohan nestled in between ones from my close personal viewing buddies, Chuck Todd, Albert Brooks, and The Fix’s Chris Cillizza. “OMG it is HAPPENING!!!!!!!! The Final Debate!!!!! I’m so nervous!” she wrote.
It was happening and she was nervous. How nervous? Fourteen exclamation points worth! READ FULL STORY
So that‘s why Donald Trump’s hair is so fluffy: It’s full of secrets. And tomorrow, he’ll reveal one of those secrets to the world at large.
It’s gonna be yuge.
Trump announced on Fox & Friends yesterday that he knows “something very, very big concerning the president of the United States.” The mogul told TMZ Live that he plans to release said information “around noonish” on Wednesday, though he demurred when asked to give any more information about it — including whether Obama will be happy once Trump’s October Surprise has gone public. So far, Trump’s extremely active Twitter page has remained mum on the issue, though he has opined about Lance Armstrong and his “enemies.”
So, what could Trump possibly have up his incredibly luxurious sleeves? READ FULL STORY
“Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets.”
–President Barack Obama during the final presidential debate, in response to Mitt Romney’s comment that the U.S. Navy has fewer ships now than it did in 1916
Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Monday, Oct. 22 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!
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ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz on the art of national debate moderating
There was an episode in the recent first season of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom where Jeff Daniels’ contrarian “Republican” made a bid to moderate one of the Republican primary debates by pitching an aggressive, adversarial approach where he would basically cross-examine the candidates. Both Sorkin and Daniels’ Will McAvoy were being dead serious, but after two real presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, that notion could not be more fantastical. First, PBS’s Jim Lehrer was figuratively stuffed into a locker by both candidates, and then CNN’s Candy Crowley was criticized by the Republicans for her real-time fact-checking.
In this tense, hyper-political atmosphere now steps CBS’s Bob Schieffer, a veteran of two previous presidential debates, in 2004 and 2008. His job will not be easy: Not only are the polls even, but the candidates have expressed a clear disdain for each other, resulting in frequent interruptions and sharp accusations of dishonesty. Schieffer is a revered Washington presence — he’s been with CBS since 1969 and hosted Face the Nation since 1991 — but he not only has to be aware of fairness tonight, he needs to keep the proceedings civil and focused. Speaking to the Palm Beach Post over the weekend, the 75-year old Schieffer said that he “won’t hesitate to say, ‘Can we get back on subject?’” if the candidates wander off course, but that generally, he expects more of the candidates than they’ve thus far displayed. “I think it would be great if I could pose a question and the two men could answer and the other guy says ‘That can’t be right,’ and they get into it,” he said. “They‘re free to ask each other questions [in those six 15 minute segments] and if they do it will be terrific.” READ FULL STORY
Funnily enough, the First Lady’s appearance on Live! this morning wasn’t quite as serious as her husband’s appearance on The Daily Show last night. In the segment, which was taped Thursday, hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan questioned Obama about everything from what she carries in her purse to her husband’s underwear — when asked whether she prefers the president to wear boxers or briefs, Obama jokingly answered, “None of the above.”
There was some substance to the chat, though. Obama shared the anxiety she feels watching her husband participate in presidential debates — “I compared it to the Olympic parents watching their kids on that balance beam,” she said. Ripa asked whether Obama has ever tried to help the president with answers during debates; Obama responded, “They really caution you to be quiet and I try to follow the rules so I don’t get in trouble.”
But hey — back to the fun stuff! READ FULL STORY
President Obama may have been all smiles for his sixth appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart earlier tonight, but the conversation, for the most part, was far from a joke.
Stewart did start on a light note, teasing the President on his poor first debate performance. He showed the president two photos of Michelle Obama – one angry-looking from after the first debate, and one grinning after the second – and told him he was making a scrapbook and wondered if Obama could tell him which photo was after which. “Cute. Cute, Jon,” Obama said with a laugh.
After that, Stewart dove into harder topics. In the first of two segments, Obama touted his record, and stuck to talking points about the auto industry and inheriting a bad economy. Most interestingly, Stewart asked him what the stronger case was: an “affirmative case” for a second Obama term, or a negative case for a Mitt Romney administration. Obama predictably said both. “We have a very strong story to tell whether it is on social issues such as ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or on economic issues that matter for middle-class families,” he said. He continued, on the other side of the equation: “You want a president in the Oval Office who’s going to say, ‘No, we’re not going to amend our constitution for the first time to restrict rights for gay and lesbian couples,’” a line that was met with some of the loudest applause of the night. READ FULL STORY
When Bruce Springsteen recently announced that he’d be campaigning for President Obama in Ohio and Iowa this week, and when he officially endorsed the president yesterday with a letter posted on his website, no one was surprised. You would have to be dense not to pick up the progressive vibrations in nearly four decades of Springsteen’s music, and he’s actively promoted the Democratic nominee now in the last three elections.
It’s unclear if celebrities have any political influence on voters, but if they do, it seems to diminish exponentially with repeated exposure. Take George Clooney, for example. He’s the most famous celebrity political insider, but because he’s so involved, his actual endorsement means much less to average Americans — it’s simply taken for granted that he would support Obama again.
That’s why the Republicans thought they had an ace in the hole with Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention. Sure, Eastwood was a famous conservative, but he had rarely if ever been willing to lend his celebrity to a national candidate. When viewers saw him take the stage, it had the potential to make an impact that would dwarf the combined wattage of Clooney/Springsteen/Oprah. Alas, it didn’t exactly work out that way.
But what celebrity has that kind of clout these days? Who are the famous Americans that both political parties would welcome to their fold? The Sean Penns and Kid Rocks have already made their bets and spent their capital. Who might still be able to move the needle? You know, besides Lindsay Lohan and Honey Boo Boo. READ FULL STORY
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