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Maybe Limbaugh Is Right; Obama Kids Might Meet Hannah Montana

obamadaughters.jpgWhile arch conservatives like Rush Limbaugh thunder on about President-elect Barack Obama’s links to Hollywood (whether through his White House chief of staff’s family members or just Obama’s natural charisma), one of Hollywood’s most popular TV shows, “Hannah Montana,” wants to invite Obama’s kids to appear, MSNBC claims.

Most Miley Cyrus fans would die for a chance to meet the “Hannah Montana” star, but when your dad has just been elected President of the United States, you have a little extra pull. Eat your heart out, Rush Limbaugh.

Billy Ray Cyrus told Access Hollywood that “Hannah” might get a visit from future first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama.

“They probably will. The invitation is there,” Miley’s dad said. “The ‘Hannah Montana’ film comes out in April. Maybe something might happen around then. Maybe not. I don’t know… I have got to keep a secret.”

Miley Cyrus said she didn’t know if the offer had been extended yet to the White House’s new resident “Hannah Montana” fans.

“I think that would be really cool and if anything, have them visit the set,” Cyrus noted. “They could see what we do and we could hear about what they do.”

But what kind of storyline does Cyrus envision for the girls if they do appear on her show?

“They are kind of like me before I started my own career. You are kind of put in it because their dad and because of my dad… so I would want it to be normal and they could come hang out on the set with normal girls. I think that would be fun for them,” she explained.

As the Obama daughters get ready for a life in a much larger spotlight, Cyrus offered some advice on how to handle the attention when one of your parents is a superstar in their own right.

“I think, more than anything, it would be to find your own identity,” Cyrus said. “Something that makes you stand out where you can be like, ‘This is Miley and she does this.’ I think that is a cool way to be if you can have your identity away from your parents, away from a friend or brother or sister.”

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Schwarzenegger Is Happy About One Thing — Peace In The Bedroom

arnieandmaria.jpgCalifornia Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s party might have been clobbered by President-elect Barack Obama’s Democrats, but the Terminator tells CNN’s John King he’s happy about one thing — his life is better in the bedroom.

Just days after Schwarzenegger announced his support of Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, his wife Maria Shriver, an avowed Democrat in the Kennedy lineage, proclaimed her support for Barack. This was following the line of her uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass.)

Until election day, things were dicey in the Schwarzenegger household. When Obama emerged victorious, Mrs. Schwarzenegger let down her guard and the happy couple is happy again. That is, until 2012.

Lunch: The Special Post-Election Edition

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The Michael’s crowd was in full party mode today as television titans, media mavens and talking heads mingled gleefully with politicos who were celebrating Barack Obama‘s historic victory. “Finally, some good news!” exclaimed one of the regulars as he made his way into the jam-packed dining room. It seemed more than a bit poetic that on the eve of Camelot 2.0 Caroline Kennedy quietly made her way to table one, avoiding all the table-hopping and glad-handing that was going on around her. If there were any disappointed John McCain supporters in the room, they were keeping a low profile. Okay, Mary Matalin made the scene with hubby James Carville but she didn’t exactly look like she was celebrating. Everyone agreed Obama’s speech last night was stirring, but one observer offered this insight to chew on: “Sure it’s exciting, but it’s going to be pretty much impossible to live up to all this hype. The guy’s gotta be feeling some pressure.” If he is, he sure is wearing it well.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The Early Show: Saturday Night Live scribe James Signorelli; Second shift: Caroline Kennedy, Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jamie

2. Producer Jon Hart, Doug Steiner and another gent we didn’t get to meet…

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, producer Susan Stroman (Young Frankenstein), uber-agent Ed Victor and his gorgeous wife Carol. A little birdie told me the ‘Mayor’ will be hosting one of his legendary lunches next week. We can’t wait!

4. Gerald Schoenfeld with an unidentified gent

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Lunch: Where the Magic Happens

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— DIANE CLEHANE

I thought I’d seen just about everything from my regular perch at Michael’s during my weekly visits, but today topped all. They were serving up sides of card tricks with the Cobb salads today and the gang was just eating it up. When I arrived, illusionist JB Benn was standing at the bar shuffling a deck of playing cards for Frank Gifford as his pals Hunter Millington — yes, Steve‘s brother — and Chris Graham looked on. He asked the gridiron great to sign a card and place it back in the deck. After a great deal of slow-mo shuffling, he finally pulled out the very same card from a sealed envelope in his jacket pocket.”I better make sure I’ve still got my watch,” quipped Frank. JB then drafted me into service asking me how many dollar bills he was holding in his hands. Frank and I both agreed he had four single dollars. Literally, right before our eyes the bills turned into hundreds. Within minutes, a crowd had gathered and there were gasps all around. I wouldn’t be surprised if JB is now booked between now and 2010 as the entertainment at parties from the Upper East Side to Easthampton as result of his impromptu performance this afternoon.

The utterly charming and adorable Mr. Benn (“He looks like a better-looking Tom Cruise,” said one smitten diner) made the rounds in the dining room eliciting applause all around. When I saw how wowed Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were after the illusionist worked his magic on them, I suggested they might want to have him on the show to make ‘Sam the Cooking Guy’ disappear. In case you haven’t heard, Sam caused quite a stir on Today last Wednesday’s show in a segment during the fourth hour when he basically told the co-hosts to shut up and let him talk about his salad when he thought they had gotten too chatty. Sam clearly didn’t know what to do when he realized he had actually verbalized what he was thinking. He then sputtered out the ingredients of his salad while Kathie Lee and Hoda just watched him squirm — a classic TV moment. But, says Kathie Lee, Sam isn’t banished from the set. “I’m big on second chances,” she says. But be warned, Sam. “I forgive — but I don’t forget.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Woody Johnson (sporting a discreet ‘McCain‘ button) and a squadron of suits. Just asking: Is the Jets’ owner advising Michael’s on personal seat licensing?

2. Three members of the ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerry Imber, Andy Berger and Jerry Della Femina. I had a great chat with Jerry about AMC’s runaway hit “Mad Men.” (If you haven’t tuned in, check it out on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. It’s the best dramatic series on television right now — seriously) Turns out the legendary ad man was one of a select few that got an early look at the script for the series’ pilot because creator Matthew Weiner wanted to make sure he got every detail right, from the Brooks Brothers suits worn by the execs to the nonstop smoking that helped fuel the creative fire on Madison Avenue in the early sixties. Jerry, who had a “four pack a day” habit back then, says the show has been a boon for business. “For the longest time nobody wanted to be in advertising. Everybody wanted to be an investment banker. Now, because of the show, people are talking about advertising again. It’s revitalized the industry. I’m back in fashion again!” Indeed.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, producer Joan Gelman and marketing strategist and frequent CNN contributor Robert Zimmerman (glad to hear you’re a ‘Lunch’ fan!). Before my good pal Joe — who is jetting off to Europe this week for a much-deserved vacation — and his fellow Democratic boosters settled down for lunch they, too, were dazzled by Mr. Benn’s sleight of hand. Before they could dash off to their table I asked Robert, who is privy to the inner workings of the Democratic party, for his thoughts on who will be Barack Obama’s running mate. The suddenly taciturn strategist demurred, but offered his thoughts on who it should be — “Joe Armstrong, of course.” Remember, you heard it here first.

4. Gerald Schoenfeld and Carnegie Hall head Clive Gillinson

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LAT In 90 Seconds

36971696-20110742.jpgThe Know-Nothing Excuse: The Paramount head testifies that he didn’t know Anthony Pellicano was doing anything illegal. And this man runs a major studio?

36948058.jpgIn Related News: Actress Linda Doucett told a federal jury Wednesday that she received a terrifying telephone call threatening her son shortly after she spoke with the FBI about its Pellicano wiretapping investigation.

36943109-19163610.jpgThe Audacity Of A Differing Opinion: Michael Meyers opines that Barack Obama’s “Lincoln Moment” missed the mark.

Obama-Rama, Complete with Ding-a-lings

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Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign holds a Debate Visibility Rally , today at 2 at the Kodak Theater, and then the debates. Patrick McDonald, in the LA Weekly, has a terrific piece on Jeremy Bernard and Rufus Gifford, Obama’s fundraisers/power brokers who are the New Gay paradigm.

And as an added attraction, we hear that The League of Conservation Voters and MoveOn.org, led by Laurie David, will be holding a protest/delivering a petition to Wolf Blitzer today at 2:30 PST at the Kodak theater, where Blitzer will moderate the debate tonight. They say that his Sunday morning show one of a few that very rarely mentions global warming.

If only we had a state-controlled media, Blitzer couldn’t get away with this. Fascist.

A.N.S.W.E.R. LA takes to the streets, or at least Hollywood Blvd. with an anti-war protest from 5 to 7, also at the Kodak. From their website:

The debate is being sponsored by CNN and the Los Angeles Times, the same corporate media outlets that continually refuse to cover the anti-war struggle. Bring signs, banners, noisemakers and make your anti-war voices heard as the debate is happening inside!

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LAT In 90 Seconds

34894746-23151222.jpgJohn Ritter’s Widow Sues Docs: Actress Amy Yasbeck, the widow of John Ritter, is suing two doctors who she said mishandled her husband’s care.

34895816.jpgHillary Is In The Lead. Or Something: An LAT/Bloomberg poll finds that despite Barack Obama’s star power, Hillary Clinton remains the top contender. Of course, the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four points — and the spread between the candidates was nine percentage points. So, really the poll is meaningless. But thanks, LAT!

34908888.jpgSuge Knight Target Of Compton Injunction: The city of Compton has asked a judge to ban members of the Mob Piru street gang from congregating in a northeast neighborhood. The injunction names one guy who has been dead for six years and rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, who called the injunction a publicity stunt.