Of all the things Republicans attack President Obama for, his decision to give an interview to Glamour, which reaches millions of women in print and online each month, may be one of the hardest to justify. Editor-in-chief Cindi Leive recently interviewed Obama in Portland, Oregon for the November issue -- news some Republicans are turning into a talking point about how Obama isn't serious about the Serious Issues up for debate this election. "President Obama continues to subject himself to the toughest of questions from the most rigorous of publications," the National Review's Jim Geraghty wrote, sarcastically. "The grumbling about Obama's fluff interviews would be quieter if the country were in a time of peace and prosperity, or if he hadn't gone close to eight weeks without a press conference," he added in a follow-up email to WWD.
But like other fashion magazines -- Vogue, for example -- Glamour has a history of highlighting politicians (and their wives and families) from both parties. In 2008 Lieve interviewed then-president George W. Bush for Glamour. He talked a lot about his wife, Laura, and his daughter, Jenna. Lieve asked him about his smoking habit and his decision to veto a tax on cigarettes that might have encouraged some smokers to quit. It was mostly light-hearted, but it wasn't devoid of political discussion. And with all the candid quotes he gave about his wife and daughters, the interview made him seem like an actual human who, oh hey, also understands women.