Is it sincere? Is it real? Should voters be basing their choices on these things? Again, who cares? At issue here is a Democratic presidential candidate the right has tried to portray as "elitist" and a wife who's been slapped around some for insufficient love of country. Despite the fact that Obama is miles better at public speaking than John Kerry, he still gets painted with the old "aloof" brush from time to time. And sometimes those admiring crowds can be a bit much for the average man.
So here's the family sitting down with a syndicated celebrity show and just having themselves a chat. Of course, the "real media" might pile on in this debate as the general view of shows such as "Access Hollywood" is that they're half a step better than "The Jerry Springer Show." And a celebrity program seems an odd choice of venue to humanize yourself. But the truth is lots and lots of people watch celebrity news. In fact, you'll probably get more swing voters and independent-minded Republicans there than on CNN or CBS Evening News. What do you think they're watching between the local news and their regular prime-time programming? (Oh, and note the free plug for People magazine from one of Obama's daughters. Sorry, Us Weekly!)
So what if Obama catches some flack for putting his daughters on. The people griping weren't going to vote for him anway. And while it might make some of his more upper-crust supporters comfortable, they'll get over it soon enough.