GIMME FIVE: Tyra Banks’ Big Political Guests (Who Says Jay Leno Gets All the Scoop!)

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Sure, Jay Leno became the first Late Night host to get a sitting president to visit his show last night, but Tyra Banks is the first Day Time host to get campaigning candidates to do some pretty idiotic things on The Tyra Show.

So in tribute to Tyra’s political side, Blindie pays homage to Miss Banks’ Top 5 political guests:

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1. Sen. Barack Obama: In October 2007, the presidential hopeful was asked by Tyra to gaze into her crystal ball and tell her what he sees. “I see the White House,” he replied, before revealing that his girls Malia & Sasha don’t approve of the Hilton sisters!

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2. Sen. Hillary Clinton: In January 2008, Tyra asked the New York senator to answer questions printed on tissues (in reference to her crying on the campaign trail). One question was about Bill’s affair with Monica. “I never doubted Bill’s love for me ever,” she told Tyra, “and I never doubted my faith and my commitment to our daughter and our extended family.”

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3. John Edwards: In January 2008, the now-philanderous Edwards explained to Tyra how he and his wife Elizabeth eat at Wendy’s every year on their anniversary–and Tyra made sure he shared Wendy’s with her on her show.

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4. Mike Huckabee: In February 2008, the former Arkansas governor gave Tyra bass guitar lessons. “I’m so pumped about being here.” But of course Tyra had to make it about her: “I took guitar before … well for two months but I remember nothin. My fingers used to hurt really bad when I played guitar. I stopped because of it.”

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5. Inauguration Obama Cutouts: In January 2009, Tyra couldn’t get her former guest on the show–now that he was running the country and all–so she settled for the next best thing: cardboard cutouts of the first family during President Barack Obama’s Inauguration!

Maureen Dowd Compares Barack Obama to Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy

In her latest column, the New York Times‘ Maureen Dowd likens Barack Obama to “a modern incarnation of the clever, haughty, reserved and fastidious Mr. Darcy” of Jane Austen’s masterpiece Pride & Prejudice. Blindie finds this to be brilliant!

“Obama can, as Austen wrote, draw ‘the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien,'” Dowd writes of Obama, citing Austen’s work, pointing out that Obama’s high manners, like Darcy’s, “gave a disgust…for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased.”…

UPDATE: Obama Camp Calls Ludacris Song ‘Outrageously Offensive’

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign calls Ludacris’ song, “Politics (Obama is Here),” “outrageously offensive,” according to the AP.

In the song, the Atlanta rapper, who is an Obama supporter, calls Hillary Clinton a “b—-,” says President George W. Bush is “mentally handicapped,” and that John McCain doesn’t belong in “any chair unless he’s paralyzed.”

In an email, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said:

“As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Sen. Clinton, Rev. Jackson, Sen. McCain and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.

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Ludacris Sounds Off On Bush, McCain, Hillary and Jesse

Not to be outdone by rappers Nas and Jay-Z, who have both spoken out recently about Barack Obama and the current political climate, Ludacris is adding his own two cents with his song, “Politics (Obama is Here).”

Ludacris, a staunch Obama supporter, uses some politically incorrect verses, skewering not only President Bush and Republican presidential nominee John McCain, but also former Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton and Rev. Jesse Jackson:

Hillary hated on you, so that b—- is irrelevant. Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what? If you said it then you meant it. How you want it head or gut?

McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed. Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped. Ball up all of his speeches and just throw ‘em like candy wrap ’cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant and you the worst of all 43 presidents.

Ludacris even attempts to rally the black community to support Obama at the polls, urging, “So get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote! Paint the White House black and I’m sure that’s got ‘em terrified.”