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Elle's newest column: "The Obamaphile"

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We. Are. So. Fucked.

"I'll never wash this hand again!"

Oh, I wouldn't be too sure about that....

NOTE I should say that I don't have an issue with fashionistas as such, and this particular former "ad-sales person" has some interesting perceptions on the intersection between fashion and politics (or the runway and the podium). However, it's clear from this article that "Obama Fan" is merely an almost clinically accurate descriptor. Too bad the article steps on Obama's message at the Convention by going all hopey-changey, though. Sow the wind...

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Submitted by tnjen on

...I'm joking (don't hit me). And yeah that article *is* creepy.

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Submitted by pie on

What a great endorsement.

It’s his worldview, his clarity of judgment, and his just plain right-mindedness that resonate with me.

What worldview? What judgment? What does she even mean by "plain right-mindedness", or am I afraid to ask?


As usual, no substance. This is pathetic.

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Submitted by a little night ... on

What worldview? What judgment? What does she even mean by “plain right-mindedness”, or am I afraid to ask?

He did notice her in her $1000+ red dress...[/snark]

Submitted by cg.eye on

'It reminded me of the ridiculous moment at the February Burberry show in Milan when my colleague Dan and I spent so much time schmoozing and ignoring the warning signs that we got caught between the aisles and were ordered to sit on the stairs in a near fetal position. Now, at least, I was on my feet as Senator Obama entered the room. Fate had blessed me in this moment, as I realized that the aisle that was keeping me from my seat was created for him and his secret service escort to make their way to the stage. Within seconds, he was a few feet from me. Cameras were flashing, everyone was cheering, and I knew this was my moment. I pushed my way up to the barricade as he shook hands with as many people as time would allow. I squeezed up front, but Obama was moving quickly and just passed me by. Then, in a moment of divine intervention, he saw me, clad in my red stop-sign of a dress, back-tracked ever so slightly in his procession, grabbed my hand, and gave that brilliant smile of his. I literally said out loud to the woman next to me who witnessed my good fate, "I’ll never wash this hand again."'

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Submitted by Valhalla on

I have thrown myself into a new world—one in which fluffy chatter and frivolous praise are replaced by a get-to-the-point directness and disciple-like devotion.

Replaced by? Transubstantiated into, more like.

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Submitted by Damon on

To hear this stuff coming out of a grown-ass woman's mouth is like being stabbed in the ear. Our elections have been turned into nothing more than frivolous reality shows. You know, folks like this really don't help the charge against Obama that's he's little more than a celebrity, and spin it as they might, that's never a good thing.

BTW, this wasn't ever good when they fawned over McCain, but at least their fawning was for what he did instead of things he promised.

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Submitted by tnjen on

...and it's one of the first things that turned me off regarding Obama. Back before Iowa, I remember getting into a civil debate with an Obama supporter and saying to them that he was just a politician. Their response was as though I had desecrated their church on Christmas Eve. I tried to get them to admit or name just one fault and was met with equal vitriol and for the record I did this all very politely. No leader should have that kind of power over their supporters in a democracy. It's just not healthy.

The need for Obama to be perfect unnerves me. What are all of these people missing that so requires it? It's certainly not the majority of supporters but it's a sizable enough minority for me to question if we aren't seeing Obama fulfill an unspecified and previously unidentified collective need in a segment of our society.

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Submitted by Damon on

I also asked some folks to name me one, just one, mistake Obama had made during the primaries? I got chewed the fuck out, and stared at as if I had just asked the most irrelevant question they'd ever heard. Needless to say, they never answered it, but the ensuing reaction to my question was just bizarre.

I let them know that I could tick off quite a few mistakes I think my candidate made, and positions that I didn't particularly agree with her on. There seemed to be absolutely no self-awareness of self-deprication on their part, and it's always what bothered me the most about my interactions with the OFB. I'd always told myself if the OFB ever got to the point where they were willing to admit their man was a politician (and where the candidate also did the same), I'd soften to them and their candidate. But, that didn't ever happen during the primaries. Only when Obama went back on FISA did I hear the "well, he's only playing the game" admission. You see, I was never under any illusions that my presidential candidate was a politician, so, it was quite a surprise to me when other's stared in a disbelief when I asked them if they thought their man was a politician.

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

...for Obama's supporters than this woman?

This article made me realize why I was never comfortable with the 'rock star' meme. Obama isn't a rock star, but a "teen idol" -- the political equivalent of the androgenous "pretty boy" who has been a staple of TigerBeat and 16 Magazine for decades. His supporters act like the barely pubescent girls that is those magazines target audience --- she just knows that Elvis/Fabian/Paul/David/Jordan/Justin/Zach and she are soulmates, and that they are fated to live together happily ever after.

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Submitted by hobson on

Phew. It's good to know not all women have to be taken seriously when they talk about politics.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

great catch, lb.