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Obama Kids on Access Hollywood

Campaign Kids on Access Hollywood, Blogging: Right Roles?

The Obama kids (Malia and Sascha) had a first this week: a full-family interview on Access Hollywood. Though if the girls had any plans for an encore, dad has put his foot down this morning. Obama regrets the interview, saying that he doesn't think the exposure is "healthy" and that the family got carried away because the interview was on Malia's birthday, and added that famous dad-ism, "it won't happen again."

The Obama girls aren't the only campaign kids in and out of the spotlight. Meghan McCain, though quite a bit older than her Democratic counterparts, is no stranger to the stump. She has her high-profile blog, plans to author a children's book, and isn't a stranger to red-carpet events — she's even been in GQ, where it came out that she voted for John Kerry. By contrast, her brothers (Jack and Jimmy) are military men, with Jack in the Naval Academy and pretty publicity-shy, and Jimmy who returned from Iraq in February, and whose service is famously off-the-table on the campaign trail.

What's the right role for a kid on the campaign trail? Was Obama right to let the girls do the interview? Should the candidates let their kids choose their level of involvement as it appears McCain has?

And here's this: did you know Obama is actually "pretty conservative?" Apparently it's true — when it comes to his gum. To check out the Obama kids on Access Hollywood,


Want more about what kind of life awaits the next White House-bound kid? This piece has all the juicy details — including this which I love from Susan Ford (Bales): she walked into a meeting her dad was having with Henry Kissinger, then secretary of state. "I walked in and said: 'Hi, Mr. Secretary. Dad, I need my allowance and Mom doesn't have any cash.'" The leader of the free world ponied up.

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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
I remember losing my respect for SNL when they started making fun of Chelsea Clinton. I couldn't believe a show with a cast of adult writers and actors would make fun of a child. And poor Chelsea, to be in the world's media spotlight in the most awkward years of your life.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
wow, what a stylish republican! love the oliver peoples shades and her hair.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
bah! :clean:
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Clean it up! :sweep:
syako syako 9 years
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Hmm, I know a nice padded head board when I see one.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
It's just hysterical. :rotfl:
syako syako 9 years
yeah. it's the one linked. I love the beer in hand. :rotfl:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
That's the GQ pic, right sy?
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
What a weird picture. She's trying to portray so many different things in it. Laid back, girly, fun, smart. I don't know why...but that picture cracks me up. :p
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 9 years
No comment.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
For some reason, Megan reminds me of a blonder Lindsay Lohan, if Lindsay Lohan wasn't all prematurely aged and overly Mystic Tanned.
syako syako 9 years
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 9 years
I guess I need to see Meghan w/o those huge glasses. The O interview was cute though.
em1282 em1282 9 years
Haha, brain fart, I thought JMac was referring to one of McCain's sons. Nevermind, nothing more to see here :cookie:
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Meghan looks just like Cindy - other subject it really doesn't matter to me, it's just talk.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I saw the interview and it was harmless enough. I think though that if I were a father and in his shoes I would feel the same way. I would not want my children exposed to over 300 million opinions of who they are from people who don't know them.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
... I'm assuming
amybdk amybdk 9 years
J.MAC = John McCain?
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
Malia isn't camera shy and she says what's on her mind, Sasha was bored as hell. But very cute. I'm not in love with Barack or Michelle but I think it was a cute interview and it definitely can't hurt his campaign.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I thought it was kind of funny how the little girls started their "kid babble" and kind of took control of the interview. Sometimes it is just precious to hear what comes out of someone so young. It was interesting to see the family together like that because it seemed so...normal. Ultimately, I don't think there is anything you can do to shield your kids if their parent becomes President. I think that the Clintons did a great job with Chelsea, but they couldn't protect her from everything. Same with the Bush's. Has anyone attacked the kids from this, or is it a pre-emptive move?
em1282 em1282 9 years
Wait, which one is JMac? I know that doesn't stand for James McAvoy. Unfortunately. ;) I agree with y'all on Chelsea--they did a great job with raising her in the spotlight and she's friggin awesome.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I know I'm old when I have no idea what half the words in this article mean.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
It should be J.Mac like J.Lo
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
:D Citizen
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