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Leader of the Free World Interviewed by Glamour Magazine


President Obama continues to subject himself to the toughest of questions from the most rigorous of publications:

Editor in chief Cindi Leive flew to Portland, Ore., last month to sit down with the President for an interview that will appear in the magazine’s November issue. It is not the first time Obama has sat down with Glamour — he did so in 2008, along with John McCain — but it is his first time as a sitting president. A woman’s magazine like Glamour would not traditionally be in play for an interview with the President — first ladies have been more their turf — but agreeing to the interview is a mark of changing media strategies.

The Obama campaign has recently been exploring alternative news outlets to press their message — ESPN Magazine, People magazine and Entertainment Tonight have all scored interviews, much to the dismay of the White House press corps, who have not enjoyed the usual privilege of questioning the President since Aug. 19. Stephanie Cutter, a spokeswoman for the campaign, described these outlets as being “equally important” to traditional political media.

Unemployment is 8.3 percent, the national debt is $15.97 trillion, a new survey of small businesses indicated that most of them are struggling, capital-goods orders are down . . . . and the president is chatting with Glamour magazine.

Can’t wait to see what he thinks of the new fall collection. Next month, the Cosmo interview!

Tags: Barack Obama


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