That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
A few quick notes this morning…
The candidates’ affinity for entertainment news shows has spilled over into the general election with the appearance of Barack Obama and his family on “Access Hollywood.” It wasn’t exactly a grilling. “I’m baffled by this whole thing myself, because I hate to shop,” Obama said on the show. He was answering a question from Maria Menounos about his status as a fashion icon.
ABC News reports, “The Obamas have largely shielded their daughters from the national media spotlight to-date and the campaign said the girls were eager to talk to entertainment reporter Maria Menounos and her boyfriend because she had recently interviewed the Jonas Brothers, a teen pop band.
“The Obama campaign said they became so comfortable that they decided to join the interview, which the Obama campaign characterizes as a whim.”
No Go: Mike Murphy, the political strategist-turned-producer, will not be joining the McCain campaign, and instead is said to be looking at a gig at NBC News.
No Tube: John Hagee videos removed from YouTube.
“The Hug”: Barack Obama intorduces “the hug” in a general election ad — the infamous McCain embrace of George W. Bush in 2004.