Obama Defends Michelle
By Garance Franke-Ruta
The dog days of summer are a perfect moment to step back, reflect and come out with the magazine pieces that take a sweeping view or focus on the lighter side of life. In addition to the Ryan Lizza epic on Barack Obama's post-law school Chicago years from last week ("How Chicago Shaped Obama") here are some items of interest today:
Cindi Leive, Glamour interview with Sen. Barack Obama. Quoth Obama: "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."
Chris Hayes, "MoveOn at Ten": "This year, MoveOn turns ten. News of the organization's advanced age tends to elicit the same startled response as word of a childhood star's divorce. But more important, the anniversary serves to highlight just how far the organization has come.... And yet the roots of its success remain largely misunderstood."
Christopher Beam, "One-Armed Vegetarian Live-In Boyfriends: The quest for this year's sexy swing demographic": "Every four years, the media announce which slice of American voters--Soccer Moms, Security Moms, Waitress Moms, NASCAR Dads, Office Park Dads, Joe Six-Packs, Angry White Males, or One-Armed Vegetarian Live-In Boyfriends--will decide the election for the rest of us. Equally ritualistic is the gleeful debunking of these ever-proliferating categories of swing voter. This year, with John McCain and Barack Obama redrawing the electoral map, it's going to be difficult to pinpoint a single group as the key to victory. But that doesn't mean media outlets (including this one) won't try."
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