Last night on the premiere of the new season of The Bachelor, the world got to meet a whole new cast of women out to win bachelor Ben Flajnik‘s affections. Most of them were the predictably forgettable tanned dental hygienists and account managers of seasons gone by. But producers outdid themselves by casting the show’s first blogger contestant.
Jenna Burke describes herself as a freelance writer, but ABC simply lists her occupation as “Blogger.” We suspect that means she is “unemployed,” but she is certainly a reality TV force to be reckoned with. Here’s what we learned about Jenna last night. Keep reading »
Michelle Obama may have won the respect of the nation with her Ivy league pedigree, community service, and career achievements, but she’s now winning adulation with a very retro female trick: keeping her mouth shut and looking pretty!
She’s already been on the covers of various fashion mags, and this week’s New York had an all out Michelle Obama fest, cataloging her fashion achievements, physical stature, and her seemingly healthy sex life. The First Lady, who caught flack last year for saying that her husband’s presidential campaign made her proud of her country for the first time, has quickly learned that a well dressed, well coiffed first lady can wield more power through general affability than with a more vocal, direct approach to politics.
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America is going to expect a lot from Barack Obama over his next four to eight years as president. And a lot will also be expected of his wife, who will essentially be doing her job backwards. And in heels. Well, maybe not so much. But she won’t be getting paid.
Should we remedy this situation? Hell no. Why’s that? Well, let’s start here. Barack Obama focused much of his campaign – and his presidency going forward – on a call to charity work. Should his wife really be the first First Lady who refuses to donate her time to better the nation? Keep reading »
Here’s the thing. Caroline Kennedy, currently waging a solid campaign to take Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat, is a lot like Sarah Palin: not such a bad idea when you consider the alternatives. Analysts and anonymous Republican staffers may hold Palin single handedly accountable for the downfall of John McCain’s presidential campaign, but that criticism discounts how much sway she had over the conservative base in November’s election — and how little any other nominee could have changed the results of the 2008 vote. Other rumored candidates for the VP slot — Joe Lieberman, Elizabeth Dole, or Kay Bayley Hutchison — may have earned more polite commentary from the media, but a respectable loss is still a loss. Keep reading »