That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Barack Obama says that he now regrets the decision to allow his children to appear on “Access Hollywood,” even though he and wife Michelle had pledged to keep their kids out of the spotlight.
“It was an exception, it was Malia’s birthday, we were in Montana, everybody was having a good time,” he told “Good Morning America.” “I think we got carried away a little bit. Generally what makes them so charming is the fact that they’re not spending a lot of time worrying about TV cameras or politics and we want to keep it that way.”
He said the interview gave “a little bit of pause, Michelle and I, particularly given the way it sort of went around the cable stations. I don’t think it’s healthy and it’s something that we’ll be avoiding in the future.”
Barack and Hillary: Obama and Hillary Clinton raise money in New York City tonight at the Grand Hyatt. The word is that one of Clinton’s top fund-raisers, Haim Saban, has had conversations with Obama, but he has yet to publicly declare for the candidate.
No Elephant Hunt: TV One, the cabler aimed at African American viewers, will cover the Democratic convention but not the GOP gathering. Network chief Johnathan Rodgers told the AP: “We are not a news organization. We are a television network that is designed to celebrate African-American achievement. That is why we are covering this convention. If Hillary (Clinton) was the nominee, we would not be covering this year’s Democratic convention.”