At The Movies
Director Spike Lee gave a lengthy interview to New York magazine to promote his upcoming film Red Hook Summer and he shared his thoughts on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial soda ban and the presidential election. Initially, Mr. Lee’s only comment on the mayor was that he’s a “fellow New York Knicks season-ticket holder,” but after some prodding from New York contributing editor Will Leitch, Mr. Lee went on to say he thinks Mr. Bloomberg’s legacy “took a blow” with his pursuit of a third term. Though Mr. Lee didn’t seem too supportive of Mr. Bloomberg maneuvering around the old two term limit, he gave the soda ban a much more positive review.
“I’m in favor of it. Look, when I was growing up in Brooklyn, we had gym, and you had to run. You had some physical activity. Children today in public schools across the country are not being taught art, are not being taught music, and they have no physical ed. Obesity is a major, major problem in this country,” Mr. Lee said. “Americans—we’re just obese. It’s crazy. Ask African-Americans. We are way over index on obesity, which means we are over index on diabetes, heart disease, and it goes down the line.”
Former RNC chairman and MSNBC analyst Michael Steele is currently having a rather interesting power lunch with 90′s stoner comic Pauly Shore. As we speak, the pair are sitting down to a meal at D.C. landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl.
“I’m loving it,” said Roseanne Barr, recently announced presidential candidate. “I find that I can be more honest in politics than in Hollywood.”
Not that she’s ever been accused of demurring in either realm.
Seeking to run on the Green Party line, Ms. Barr’s presidential bid, she said, is primarily motivated by her dissatisfaction with both major political parties—in particular their candidates, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, whom she referred to as “total buffoons.”
“That’s what I say: I’m the only serious comedian in this race,” Ms. Barr added.
In a career spanning more than 40 years, including rollicking standup performances, a watershed sitcom and a memorable performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Ms. Barr has been at turns provocative, endearing, innovative and combative. As of February, she has turned her considerable personality toward the interests of the American electorate. In a pair of lengthy interviews with The Observer, she outlined not only her political aspirations, but the possibility of returning to television—and not necessarily in the way you would expect.
Livin' On A Wing & a Prayer
President Barack Obama brought a special guest on board his flight to New York for a trio of fundraisers this evening–1980′s rocker Jon Bon Jovi. Mr. Bon Jovi is headlining the president’s second fundraiser of the night, a gala concert at the Waldorf Astoria for which tickets start at $2,500 per person.
Donor Wears Prada
Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour is using her reputation as a demanding fashion editrix to raise money for President Barack Obama. On Sunday, Ms. Wintour sent an email with the subject line “I take deadlines seriously” reminding Obama supporters of the contest for donors to win a chance to attend Sarah Jessica Parker’s fundraiser for the president this month.
“There’s simply no excuse to let this slip,” Ms. Wintour wrote with her trademark dose of mild menace. “I don’t do this sort of thing often–get involved with politics, that is. But I’m doing everything I can to support President Obama this summer and fall because it’s important that we all do.”
Today, political types were focused on the Trump Super PAC, trolls and Newt Gingrich’s love of animals. Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.
Prez in the City
Next month, President Barack Obama is having a fundraiser at the home of former “Sex and The City” star Sarah Jessica Parker. The Obama campaign sent an email from Ms. Parker to supporters this morning informing them that they can earn an invitation to the exclusive soiree if they make a donation.
“It’s my honor to invite you to take part in an event I’m hosting at my home with the President and First Lady on June 14th,” Ms. Parker wrote. “If you can make a donation of any amount today, you’ll be automatically entered to win two tickets to New York to join us.”
Hey, have you seen New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s goofy web video with Newark hero-Mayor Cory Booker? Have you? Have you? Well, if you’re famous enough, Mr. Christie has probably tried to pitch it to you over Twitter.
Last night, the official account of the New Jersey Governor tweeted at Saturday Night Live and Seth Meyers, suggesting Mr. Christie and Mr. Booker would be good for a sketch on the show. Cute. But a quick glance further into his feed shows clear and troubling signs of desperation.
Keeping Up With The Kampaign
In his appearance on The View this morning, President Barack Obama was given a pop culture quiz that included a question about America’s most overexposed reality TV family phenomenon–the Kardashians. View host Joy Behar asked the president if he knew which Kardashian had an infamously brief marriage earlier this year.
“That would be Kim,” the president said, before catching himself and trying to explain his Kardashian knowledge as merely a side effect of his sports fandom.
Today, political types were focused on drinking margaritas, b-ball with the president and avoiding accidents. Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.