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FASHION OBAMA

Fie on that pesky old populism for a while: Now on sale through President Obama’s re-election campaign, 18 designer garments — we’re talking scarves, shirts, handbags — priced from $40 to $95. They’re all part of the campaign’s new “Runway to Win” collection from 23 top designers, including Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg. Why, they already threw a fashion show in Manhattan on Tuesday evening, hosted by actress Scarlett Johansson, fashionista Anna Wintour and Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.

And by golly, the ever fashion-conscious Grand Old Party is at the ready, striking back with its own suggestion for the collection. And that would be some nice flip-flops, meant as “performance wear for politicians determined to win at any cost,” and emblazoned with the motto “SUPERPACS: ‘A threat to our democracy’ (Just kidding!)” Naturally, the squishy footwear is shown in soft, hopeful blue.

“In light of the president’s flip-flop regarding his sudden embrace of super PACs — he said they ‘threaten democracy,’ but now White House staff and Cabinet members will attend events and raise money for them,” observes Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer. “We thought the one item they were missing were some high-end designer Obama Super PAC Flip-Flops. The sandals are fake; the flip-flop is real.”

MEMORABLE EVENT

The presidential field just grew by one: Memory expert, “brain athlete” and U.S. Navy reservist Ron White — who can memorize a deck of shuffled cards in 1 minute and 27 seconds — has declared his intention for a White House run as a third-party candidate, with a platform of note.

Among other things, Mr. White promises to make it an impeachable offense for a U.S. president to use a teleprompter. He also will ensure all politicians would not only follow the U.S. Constitution, but memorize it, and will send all immigrants through memory training to learn the English language. Oh, and Mr. White also says he’ll memorize the names of every man, woman and child in the nation, just for good measure.

“I have memorized the entire Mayan calendar. I am the only one who knows how to outsmart it. Vote for me if you don’t want the world to end in 2012,” he explains. “Also, if President Obama saw you on the street, would he even know your name?”

POLICING PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Between the White House and the Susan B. Komen Foundation, there’s been much ado over abortion funding and birth control in the press, much of it shrill and partisan. Now comes news of possible waste, abuse and potential fraud at Planned Parenthood, compiled and sent to Congress by the Alliance Defense Fund and the Susan B. Anthony List. Among other things, the reports notes that one-in-five Planned Parenthood affiliates in the U.S. are implicated of waste in audits or federal lawsuits

“Planned Parenthood has to play by the same rules as everyone else. It certainly isn’t entitled to a penny of public funds, especially if it is committing Medicare fraud,” says ADF senior counsel Steven H. Aden.

See the full report here: www.sba-list.org/ppwaste.

THE BEACON BECKONS

Just launched from the Center for American Freedom: The Washington Free Beacon — a nonprofit, nonpartisan independent news service devoted to investigative and in-depth reporting on government, international security and the progressive movement.

Edited by Matthew Continetti and longtime columnist for The Washington Times and national security journalist Bill Gertz, the new publication will scrutinize cronyism and “self-dealing” within the Obama administration, and among its allies and donors — just as the mainstream press monitors conservative politicians and institutions.

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