PHOTO OF THE DAY: Hillary Clinton caught stealing a glance.
BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
The first Presidential debate was last night and while the economy was the most talked about subject, Mitt Romney laid out his plan to end the evil that is Big Bird. Romney was definitely the more aggressive of the two last night leaving some Democrats and liberal pundits to wonder if Obama's head was in the game. The clear loser of the debate was moderator Jim Lehrer. Both men, but especially Romney, just walked all over him.
Ann Coulter, who is always ready with a whack-a-doo comment, thinks that Romney was so good last night that Michelle Obama wanted to go home with him. Ok Ann.
For anyone who thought the debate lacked some levity, check out what the two men would look like if they swapped hair styles. Obama kinda pulls it off. Also check out these hot new tracks in honor of the Romney/Ryan ticket!
The world of professional boxing has up until now seemed like a rather unfriendly place to be gay. But things may be changing now that boxer Orlando Cruz has become the first openly gay man in the ring.
No stranger to being openly gay, Anderson Cooper had buddy Andy Cohen on his show today and they discussed Cooper's coming out. Apparently everyone was very supportive except for Star Jones, and Anderson took a moment to let her have it.
Adele already has more Grammys than she probably knows what to do with but will she win an Oscar for the theme for Skyfall? The full version was leaked today. Rebel Wilson is everywhere right now (thankfully). Check out the Aussie comedienne shooping with Ellen. Check out Marina and The Diamonds' new video for "How to be a Heartbreaker". The track is good, but the endless supply of male models in a shower is even better.
I'm finally getting to the actual printed paper, so pardon if you've already seen this New York Times op-ed about being gay in the South.
Using Honey Boo Boo's surprising and welcome support for gay "poodles" as a launching pad, University of North Carolina, Charlotte professor Karen Cox's piece explains the good, the bad and what sounds like tepid tolerance that comes with being gay below the Mason-Dixon.
Here's her conclusion:
There is a limit to the acceptance. In the rural South, people love their sons and daughters and they may even break bread with the florist and his partner, but they still believe homosexuality is a sin. They draw the line at a gay pride march down Main Street, and they won’t stand for gay marriage.
Still, as Alana’s Uncle Lee has shown America, there are gays living in the rural South who don’t all set out for the big city. They lead rich lives and have families, and sometimes even communities, that love them and accept them for who they are.
Cox also notes that many Southerners avoid describing someone as gay, preferring instead to say someone is "light in the loafers" or "has sugar in his britches," the latter of which could go either way...
This letter, purportedly written by 8-year old Alabaman Cecilia Crawford, may be the most adorable reaction to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's vow to cut federal subsidies for PBS, a conservative move that would endanger Big Bird, his pals on Sesame Street and the rest of the public broadcasting gang.
Crawford writes, "When I grow up, I'm going to get married and I want my kids to watch [Sesame Street] so do not cut it off. You find something else to cut off."
"They need Sesame Street where they can learn from it," says Crawford, clearly worried about the stability of public education here in the States. "Save Big Bird and his friends."
I've included a larger pop-out version of Crawford's letter AFTER THE JUMP.
Campaigning in GOP veep candidate Paul Ryan's home turf of Wisconsin today, President Obama told a gathered crowd that the Mitt Romney he debated last night was a new version of the Republican presidential hopeful. He was a more "spirited fellow" than the real former governor, said Obama in Denver.
"When I got on the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney," Obama told supporters. "But it couldn't have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn't know anything about that."
The man on stage last night does not want to be held accountable for the real Mitt Romney's decisions and what he's been saying for the last year. And that's because he knows full well that we don't want what he's been selling for the last year.
So Governor Romney may dance around his positions, but if you want to be president you owe the American people the truth.
Obama's remarks can be read as a self-defense for what some are calling a poor turn in Denver last night, a way to highlight how Romney "acted," while Obama wanted to be seen as more grounded and presidential.
The team at Politico thinks Obama's demeanor was all part of a greater, though not necessarily winning, strategy:
...Obama has never been the nation’s most forceful debater, and he makes no secret of his disdain for the theatrical side of politics. If his conduct on the debate stage with Romney seemed oddly passive, it was in some ways just another manifestation of the president’s restrained approach to communicating with the electorate, whom he seems to believe — in the face of all existing evidence — are not swayed by electoral artifice.
Watch video of Obama's comments about the "spirited fellow" called Mitt Romney AFTER THE JUMP.
The anti-equality group Minnesota for Marriage is asking supporters to turn a time honored tradition, pumpkin carving, into a discriminatory political expression. The Great Pumpkin would be horrified, and he would probably be equally scared over poll numbers showing a tight race in stopping a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage there, too.
[via Good As You.]
KIKI: Gay and lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney has one, and it's big.
"To Give (The Reason I Live)": Morrissey covers Frankie Valli on Fallon.
IT GOT BETTER: Tennessee teen talks about his coming out experience.
LIKE WATER: Superhydrophobic knifes cuts water.
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