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InvisibleObama account takes Twitter by storm, despite brief disappearance

Shortly after 10 p.m. Eastern last night, Clint Eastwood took the stage at the Republican National Convention and began arguing with an empty chair meant to represent President Obama. Moments later, an enterprising Twitter user created a novelty account based on the incident: @ClintsChair. That handle didn’t really catch on — but rival account @InvisibleObama did. When I retweeted the account’s first message around 10:21, it had fewer than 100 followers. An hour later, it had amassed tens of thousands — by 10 a.m. this morning, the count was up to 40,000. See, transparency works!

Sometime after 9 a.m. today, Invisible Obama was temporarily suspended; we’re working on finding out why. (It reappeared around 9:40 a.m. with this message: “I’m back. Sorry about that. @Twitter took the invisible thing a little too literally. Now where were we…”) Thankfully, retweets and screenshots mean that this masterpiece’s best jokes were never truly lost. Here are some of my favorites:


Republican National Convention, Day 3: By the numbers, starting with one empty chair

One of these things is not like the others: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Clint Eastwood and Mitt Romney all took the stage yesterday for the final night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. It was billed as Romney’s prime-time introduction to America. Unfortunately for the Republicans, the buzziest moment wasn’t Romney’s big speech (or the genuinely moving video of his relationship with wife Ann). It was “surprise guest” Clint Eastwood, whose rambling, seemingly improvised remarks was easily the most memorable moment of the night. Speaking to an empty chair where an “invisible Obama” was sitting, Eastwood riffed on attorneys, compromising, and Vice President Joe Biden. (Read Ken Tucker’s take). While the audience in the arena seemed to eat it up, it was more than a bit awkward for those of us at home.

Beyond Eastwood, there was a whole lot to keep track of. Below, check out the evening by the numbers:


It's halftime in America -- and Clint Eastwood is speaking at the RNC

Better luck next time, Reagan Hologram! CNN just reported on air — and confirmed online — that Romney supporter Clint Eastwood will be tonight’s “mystery” Republican National Convention guest.

The network says longtime party member Eastwood will “walk through the convention floor in the afternoon for a brief rundown of the night’s events,” pausing now and then to growl at those who dare to step on his lawn.

It’s nice to hear that party brass and Eastwood are getting along. READ FULL STORY

Do Facebook political rants make you want to UnFriend?

This Nov. 17 is National UnFriend Day, the third annual holiday that encourages Facebook users to prune their roster of “Friends” of people they haven’t spoken to in 11 years, but nevertheless grant access to their online vacation photos. But with the Republican National Convention in full swing and the presidential campaign kicking in to high gear, it wouldn’t surprise me if many Facebook users are jumping the gun on the cleansing holiday.

Surely you’ve checked your Facebook account in the past two days to discover posts, links, and status updates related to the convention in Tampa, where Ann Romney, Chris Christie, and Paul Ryan have set the table for Mitt Romney to accept his party’s nomination for president tonight. Facebook is a forum that inspires great personal proclamations, sentiments we might be more reluctant to express in a real, face-to-face conversation. Looking at some of my Friends comments, I can’t decide if Facebook acts as an X-ray machine or a warping funhouse mirror. Some of the comments are so belligerent and obnoxious (and in many cases, misinformed) that one can’t help but feel to urge to… Unfriend. READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama isn't watching the RNC, but she thinks you should -- VIDEO

Michelle Obama wants you to eat your political vegetables — though she, personally, is abstaining. The First Lady told David Letterman last night that she hasn’t been tuning into the GOP’s big Tampa comedy convention. But that doesn’t mean other Americans should follow her example: “Let me start by saying I, as the wife of the guy they’re running against, I tend not to watch it,” she explained. “But I think it’s important for everyone to watch these conventions, because this is the time where you get to know the party, you understand the platform, you understand the candidates. You know, this is technically where the campaign begins. So I think it’s very important for everyone to watch as much of both conventions as possible to make their decisions.”

Then Obama paused. “I… I didn’t watch it,” she admitted again, as the Late Show audience howled.


Republican National Convention, Day 2: The night's most memorable zingers

Was Wednesday’s big GOP event a convention or a roast? Judging purely from the night’s speeches, it was often hard to tell. Though Jack Donaghy ex Condoleezza Rice and New Mexico governor Susana Martinez played it straight with poignant, heartfelt addresses, fellow Republicans like Mike Huckabee and especially Tim Pawlenty could easily use their speeches as Last Comic Standing audition material. Don’t believe me? Here’s a sampling of Day 2’s most noteworthy zingers:

Senator John Thune of South Dakota, on the president’s basketball prowess: “President Obama would be easy to defend… because you know he’s always going to go to his left!” Admit it, your dad laughed at that one.

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, dabbling in self-deprecation: “They say I was on Governor Romney’s shortlist of vice presidential candidates. Apparently, it wasn’t short enough.”

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, taking a swipe at the Democratic National Committee’s Chair: “The only hitch in an otherwise perfect week was the awful noise coming from the hotel room next door to mine. Turns out it was just Debbie Wasserman Schultz practicing her speech for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week, bless her heart.” Extra points for that oh-so-Southern bonus dig.

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, making a good-natured jab at his running mate: “In some ways, [Mitt Romney and I] are different. There are the songs on his iPod, which I’ve heard on the campaign bus — and I’ve heard in many hotel elevators.”


'Modern Family' creator invites Ann Romney to officiate Mitch and Cam's wedding -- once it's legal

Could next season of Modern Family feature television’s first dressage-themed gay wedding?

First Lady nominee Ann Romney recently told Entertainment Tonight that Modern Family is her favorite TV show. ModFam co-creator Steve Levitan got wind of Romney’s praise and posted a reaction on his Twitter page yesterday: “Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.”

Sounds perfect! I can see it now: The grooms take turns riding elaborately dressed stallions down a rose petal-strewn aisle. At the end of it, Ann Romney waits, proudly posed atop Rafalca. Before the “I do”s, Luke accidentally sets Claire’s hair on fire and Hayley and Dylan are caught making out in a tucked-away vestibule. Gloria yells. Lily stares. Manny folds his handkerchief into a perfect pocket square. Alex rolls her eyes.

There’s just one problem here: Like her husband Mitt, Romney doesn’t believe in marriage equality.  READ FULL STORY

Republican National Convention: Tuesday's winners, and who'd play Ann Romney in a movie?

I can’t believe I watched it either! I’d like to thank the following five forces of nature for making my first prime time RNC viewing experience such a pleasure.

1. Mitt’s Body Man: This is the genius name of Mitt Romney’s personal aide’s Twitter account. The guy keeps posting pic after pic of Romney doing human-like activities like watching TV, and of the happy Happy Days couple settling down in their sexy hotel room. But I’m mostly excited by the name.

2. Erin Burnett: The third Deschanel sister is a complete delight, able to voice everything CNN viewers are feeling with just her face! I like how she’s constantly tweeting on her smartphone and can barely be bothered to look up. (Along with Wolf.) READ FULL STORY

'The Wire' creator blasts Romney for tax comments: 'This republic is just about over, isn't it?'

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been dogged by media-gasbag allegations that he hasn’t been paying his taxes — allegations which offer smarmy pop-culture writers the exceedingly rare opportunity to mention Mitt Romney and Lauryn Hill in the same sentence.* Yesterday, Romney responded to those accusations by announcing, “I did go back and look at my taxes, and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent.” In response, David Simon — creator of fall-of-America portraits like The Wire, Generation Kill, and Tremetook to his blog to announce that he, for one, was not amused. “Can we stand back and pause a short minute,” writes Simon, “to take in the spectacle of a man who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal, declaiming proudly and in public that he has paid his taxes at a third of the rate normally associated with gentlemen of his economic benefit.” READ FULL STORY

Presidential PopWatch round-up on Mitt Romney: 'Hunger Games', 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?', and… 'Twilight'?

Mitt Romney isn’t exactly known for his wild-and-crazy-guy side, but the Republican presidential candidate has made a point of emphasizing he’s “just like us” when it comes to his list of pop-culture faves. Listen up, voters!

Romney is currently 65 years old. He came of age at the height of Beatlemania (and yes, Romney is a Beatles fan!), when the roaring ’60s counterculture movement was in full swing. Some of the top books of 1965 were The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley, and In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.

For Romney himself, his personal book picks are a little more predictable: The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, about the rise of new technologies; David McCullough’s presidential biography, John Adams; Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, about Abraham Lincoln; and Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. One outlier? He loves The Hunger Games.

For movies, in People magazine this week, Romney once again confirmed that one of his favorite movies was O Brother, Where Art Thou? by the Coen brothers. No word on whether “the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find” is an omen for his campaign. READ FULL STORY

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