First Obama/Biden Interview Goes To...People Magazine

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From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:

(CHICAGO) On one of the most important days of Barack Obama's presidential campaign - the announcement of his running mate - top aides decided to do a photo shoot with People Magazine featuring the candidates and their wives.

During the shoot, they answered a few questions and this morning People released an excerpt of the interview with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.

Obama spoke of her husband's decision to pick Biden, telling the magazine that "it's the right choice."

"I was like, 'Good!," she said.

Jill Biden told People that she gets "goosebumps" when she thinks about an Obama-Biden administration.

For a campaign that is trying to shun an image of celebrity, the decision to go with People seems a bit odd. Although the magazine does publish a variety of human interest stories, it is best known for its celebrity news.

Just a few weeks ago, People and Hello! Magazine paid a reported $14 million for photographs of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's newborn twins.

This isn't the first time that the Obamas have appeared in People - the entire family sat down for an interview over the 4th of July weekend. The family was also featured on the celebrity TV program "Access Hollywood" and Michelle Obama appeared on the cover of celebrity magazine "US Weekly" just last month.

"We thought it would be a great way for them to all talk about their personal stories and why they are committed to putting the American people first when they are a team in the White House," an Obama campaign aide said, explaining the decision to give People the first interview with the newly-minted ticket and their wives.

Obama and Biden also did a photo shoot with Newsweek yesterday as well.