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Political Circus: First lady on North Carolina BBQ

By Ed Hornick, CNN
First lady Michelle Obama recently praised barbecue in North Carolina.
First lady Michelle Obama recently praised barbecue in North Carolina.
  • First lady Michelle Obama praises Charlotte's BBQ; get's blasted
  • Obama look-a-like in a KFC commercial gets squashed by giant sandwich
  • Texas congressman explains why he left Twitter

Washington (CNN) -- Politics is serious business -- but not all the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance.

Getting grilled

Mention barbecue and many North Carolinians proclaim "We have the best!" They take it seriously -- maybe too seriously.

After announcing that Charlotte will host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement that the city has "great barbecue."

While the state might argue that it's barbecue is best, expert John Shelton Reed gets more specific. The city of Charlotte isn't as good for barbecue as nearby Shelby, he says in USA Today.

I'm guessing he didn't approve this message

KFC China has a new spokesman -- and it happens to be President Obama -- or at least a very impressive impersonator.

Playing on the 2008 campaign slogan of "change," the fake Obama says in the ad: "Change, not only for your mom, but for you, your stomach, for a better taste!"

He is soon after crushed by a giant sandwich.

Headline of the day

Houston Chronicle: "Jesus And Obama Tie In Recent Poll"

Taking the '6' to Washington

Guess who'll be attending the White House Super Bowl party? Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and her Grammy award winning husband, singer Marc Anthony.

In an interview on "Extra" Wednesday Lopez said she "can't believe it. I don't know, maybe that's why I don't want to talk about it. I don't even feel like it's real."

Notable quotable

"There's a lot of trolls on Twitter. I just got to the point that I was sick and tired of it" -- Texas GOP Rep. John Culberson to Politico on switching from Twitter to Facebook.

Preggers parking

A New York City councilman is proposing a bill that would allow women having difficult pregnancies to park in no-parking zones and stand in no-standing zones, according to Reuters.

Councilman David Greenfield defended the bill, saying "I think as a courtesy, it would go a long way in making lives of women having difficult pregnancies easier by giving them a limited parking permit."

Butt out

On Tuesday, New York's city council passed a bill that would ban smoking at beaches and parks.

The New York Post reports that the ban, approved 36-12, had the approval of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will undoubtedly sign it.