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About that endorsement: Thanks but no thanks.
Among the endorsements you do want as a presidential candidate? The League of Women Voters and the American Legion. Endorsements you probably don’t want as a candidate? One from a South American strongman president. Earlier this week Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been in office for more than a decade, announced his support for President Obama’s re-election. It’s quite a switch from Chavez’s opinion of George W. Bush, who he referred to as a “drunk” and “the devil.”
“Obama is a good guy,” Chavez told state-owned media. “In the point of view of his politics, if I were voting, I would vote for Obama and I believe that if Obama was from Caracas, he would vote for Chavez, I am positive.”
Chavez might not want to count too strongly on that Obama vote.
If that first lady job doesn’t work out...
...maybe Ann Romney can find a job in broadcasting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Romney will co-anchor "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, filling in for anchor Robin Roberts, who is on leave after a bone marrow transplant. Romney has battled multiple sclerosis for years.
The show says they’re also working with the White House to find a time when Michelle Obama can co-host. She would join not only Romney but also the likes of Stephen Colbert and Oprah Winfrey on the list of fill-in hosts.
As go the cookies, so goes the White House?
If Ann goes into broadcasting, maybe Michelle can open a bakery if things go poorly for Democrats next month. Her husband might not have beaten Mitt Romney in the debate, but the first lady has bested Ann Romney in the kitchen. According to the readers of "Family Circle," Michelle Obama’s white and dark chocolate chip cookies beat Ann Romney’s M&M cookies in the magazine’s quadrennial presidential cookie contest.
The results were the closest in contest history: Out of 9,000 votes cast, Romney lost by just 287. The magazine has been holding the competition since 1992 and all but one winner (Cindy McCain) went on to bake her cookies in the White House oven. (Well, more likely, they probably asked one of the White House chefs to bake their cookies.)
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