Obamas Do the Show Biz Thing

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That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

A few quick notes this morning…

Ht_obama_family_080708_mnThe 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.

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