Obama discovers 'Twitters'; Ed Rendell's big following; Chris Christie feels the love; and Linda McMahon smacks down WWE
This one is sure to be a hit on the Youtubes. In fact, it may be the most important development in presidential web culture since George W. Bush discovered the Internets.
President Obama praised his tech-savvy Russian counterpart at Thursday's White House news conference, saying that during Medvedev's "visit to Silicon Valley this week, he visited the headquarters of Twitters[sic], where he opened his own account. I have one as well, so we may be able to finally throw away those 'red phones' that have been sitting around for so long."
Twitters? This sounded like either a nervous condition or a cross between Twitter and Hooters. Actually, there already is a cross between Twitter and Hooters: It's called HootSuite -- from which Sharron Angle, the tea party celebrity hoping to dethrone Harry Reid in Nevada, tweeted this on Thursday: "We have now passed Harry Reid in number of Facebook friends on our "sharronforsenate" page! Let's keep this growing!"
Who says great political oratory is dead?
While our editors have been very impressed that we have resisted the Al Gore story out of Oregon, we would be remiss if we did not observe that "Crazed Sex Poodles" would make a great name for a band.
Speaking of sex poodles, we give you Ed Rendell, the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania. In an interview with Philadelphia magazine, he explained that women find him sexy no matter how much he weighs. "You know, like a lot of people in politics, I get hit on by women all the time," he said. "There are political groupies just like there are sports groupies. I got hit on when I was 260 every bit as much as when I'm 200."
If chicks dig large men in politics, then New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- whose substantial weight was an issue in his successful campaign against Democrat Jon Corzine -- could take the women's vote all the way to the White House. But Christie, in an appearance on Fox News, refused the advances of an admiring Neil Cavuto. "Not going to happen. ... I'm not Woodrow Wilson. Nobody can confuse me with Woodrow Wilson."
Well, true. Wilson, a fellow New Jersey governor, was lean and angular. But there's always William Howard Taft ...
Linda McMahon, the former pro wrestling executive, had been running a respectable race as the Republican candidate for the Senate from Connecticut. But then she made a critical mistake: She put out an ad confessing that professional wrestling, contrary to popular belief, is staged.
"I was the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, a soap opera that entertains millions every week," she says in the ad, which shows footage of McMahon appearing in the ring. "That isn't real."
Not real?! So the great Rey Mysterio is (gulp) a fake? If McMahon can let down millions of wrestling fans this way, it's just a matter of time until she disappoints the voters of Connecticut.
-- Compiled by Matt DeLong, Dylan Matthews and Felicia Sonmez.
| June 24, 2010; 10:52 PM ET
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