After yesterday’s report that President Obama had sat down for an interview with Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive for the mag’s November issue, the consensus around the fashion blogosphere was pretty much “good for Glamour!” and, well, that’s about it.
To the online political media, however, it was another story all together. Tweets and headlines from conservative bloggers were positively dripping with sarcasm over the news of the “hard-hitting,” “arduous” interview the POTUS surely faced for the women’s title.
But the thing is, Obama isn’t the first President to sit down with Glamour: George W. Bush did the very same thing in 2008. National Review editor Jim Gerghty, who himself tweeted “Can’t wait to see what he thinks of the new fall collection. Next month, the Cosmo interview!” explained to WWD that this time around the country just isn’t in the mood to see the Prez dabbling in less-serious affairs right now:
“Obama may be getting more grief than Bush did, but the state of the country might have voters less patient about the fluff interviews than in a normal political environment.”
In some respects, we see where they’re coming from, despite the fact that we’d hardly call January 2008 a “normal political environment.” After all, in Glamour‘s guide to working on a presidential campaign, the glossy focused on the Secret Service hookups, post-campaign marriages, and “occupational hazard” of weight gain, calling the experience “One Giant Summer Camp Whirlwind”.
But on the other hand, their Election 2012 coverage is by no means all fluff. They, like “serious” media outlets, are sending reporters to both parties’ national conventions, and have covered such important topics as the Todd Akin debacle and the news that a presidential debate would be monitored by a woman for the first time in 20 years. In other words, the kinds of issues that women on both sides of the political coin tend to care about.
The magazine has thrown a line out to Mitt Romney‘s campaign for an interview, but they have yet to get a bite. And given this kind of response, we’re not holding our breath.