Actress Eva Longoria is interviewed on the floor of the Democratic National Convention. (Charles Dharapak/AP Photo)
Musican Dave Grohl (C) of the Foo Fighters performs for a soundcheck during the final day of the DNC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a soundcheck. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
Singer James Tayler performs with his band during a soundcheck. (Lynne Sladky/AP Photo)
Sheriff Michael Johnson of Clayton County, Georgia directs traffic near the Time Warner Cable Arena. Johnson and his fellow sheriffs use humour in their moves as they direct traffic and pedestrians. (Stan HONDASTAN/GettyImages)
Renee Watson of San Antonio, TX wears a cowboy hat decorated with campaign buttons during the final day of the DNC. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
People went wild for Michelle's outfit, hair and choice of nail colour at the convention. But some are asking why the FLOTUS can't identify herself as a working woman as opposed to a "mom-in-chief." (Eric Thayer/REUTERS)
Michelle is a Harvard-educated lawyer, yet last night you wouldn't know it. Last night, she went by "mom-in-chief."
That she has to downplay (ignore) her professional credentials is an indication of how, despite women being more important to winning the vote than ever before, the role of the FLOTUS is trapped in the 50's:
"At a time when powerful career women are showcased at each convention —
former secretaries of state, senators, governors, activists — the role
of the president’s wife, or an aspiring president’s wife, seems pretty
much frozen in the template set by Jacqueline Kennedy and Pat Nixon," says the New York Times.
Wily Republicans organizing the GOP convention have fomented widespread Internet speculation over the unannounced so-called "mystery speaker" expected to take the podium at the RNC Thursday night.
The speaker will slot in between former American Idol star Taylor Hicks and Florida Senator Marco Rubio on the convention's final night. Mitt Romney makes his nomination acceptance speech after Rubio.
The rumour is swirling, natch.
Will it be Sarah Palin, who is currently campaigning in Arizona for Republican congressional candidate Kirk Adams? Nancy Reagan, wife of Republican god Ronald, the 40th president of the United States? Or, as someTweeters have fantasized, a holographic Ronald Reagan/Tupac Shakur duet, a la Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre's collaborationwith the dead rapper at the Coachella music festival in April?
News broke Wednesday morning that Oscar-winning actor and director Clint Eastwood is on his way to Tampa. While nothing has been confirmed, the high-profile Eastwood, who stars in the upcoming film Trouble with the Curve, seems a perfect fit to speak before Romney takes the stage. Dirty Harry endorsed Romney earlier this month following speculation he was in the Obama camp after performing in a gruff, melodramatic Super Bowl halftime ad supporting the auto bailout.
I was walking near
the convention's security perimeter when I spotted a man in a superhero costume.
This was strange. Then Victoria Jackson - flighty Saturday Night Live actress turned conspiratorial and flighty
Tea Party activist - stumbled into our conversation, and things somehow got
stranger. At the 45-second mark of this video, Jackson begins interrogating the costumed man, who is much more normal than her, about "communist"
explains to me why she thinks Obama is a communist - and why his father may not be his father:
The man's real name
is Dale Pople, but he goes by Old Superhero. He's 44, a former pro wrestler now in broadcasting, and he just likes dressing up in tights and helping
people. (Click here for an article about him.) Bonus: he is half-Canadian.
"My mom's from Whitby," he says. "It's a suburb of Toronto. In Ontario providence? Is that what it's called?"
Pople says he helped raise money to send a little boy to the Mayo Clinic and "kept a roof over a battered woman's head up in Seattle." He also helped replace the "armour" of a California "superhero."
"Other than that," he says, "I just go out, patrol around, and look for people to help." What kind of people? "Somebody in trouble, somebody fell down, somebody needs a hand, somebody's lost. Anything."
He likes Mitt Romney, though he preferred Rick Santorum in the Republican primary.
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