June 17, 2012 |
Both President Obama's and Mitt Romney's campaigns celebrated Father's Day on Sunday, in a brief respite from the increasingly heated presidential race. The Obama campaign, which has been promoting a Father's Day card for the president in the buildup to the holiday, released a video celebrating the holiday, and trumpeting his parenting. First Lady Michelle Obama opens the video by emphasizing that her husband is always “giving his children the kind of stability and continuity that he didn't have.” The video honoring the “hands-on dad,” in his wife's words, makes a point to contrast Obama's own personal experiences growing up in a less stable household with the life he seeks for his daughters, Sasha and Malia.
June 13, 2013 |
With Father's Day is just a few days away, it may be time to start shopping. But before you go off and buy a tie, cologne or another polo shirt, remember, dads are more tech-savvy these days. After all, he did wish you “happy birthday” on Facebook. This year, get dad an upgraded version of something that he can actually use. So, whether your father is an outdoors man, a bookworm or loves to grill for the family, there are plenty of Father's Day gifts for the new millennium dad. And as for the other dads, well, now is your chance to help your father enter into our brave new world of smartphones and tablets, e-readers and apps.
May 8, 2012
Eighty-four percent of Americans planning to travel this summer expect to travel primarily by car for at least one of their trips, a survey from Choice Hotels International found. Those same Americans plan on racking up an average of 1,172 miles on all their summer vacations . . . . The biggest celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th birthday takes place May 27, the anniversary of its opening. Organizers are inviting the public to share personal stories and photos of the bridge online at goldengatebridge75.org . . . . Mother's Day tip: The historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside is hosting a “Miss Manners Afternoon Tea” Saturday.
February 28, 2013 |
In his latest exhibition at Charlie James Gallery, Nery Gabriel Lemus takes a somewhat meandering course through the contradictions of fatherhood and masculinity. Most of the works are pointed but heavy one liners, such as a tapestry of a baseball cap bearing the words, “Happy Father's Day, Mom,” or a graphite drawing of guns scrawled with earnest but grammatically weird sentences: “Less guns! More, Good dads!” Still, a couple of bizarre stuffed animals and a series of small drawings save the day. The animals are made of multi-colored fabrics familiar from serapes and blankets.
May 29, 2013 |
Mom still gets lavished with more expensive gifts, but this year, Dad is catching up on affection with expected Father's Day spending rising 2.1%. Sales for the holiday on June 16 will reach $13.2 billion from $12.9 billion in 2012, as the improving economy puts more discretionary income in consumers' pockets, according to research firm IBISWorld. Earlier this year, spending on Mother's Day rose 0.2% to $17.1 billion, the Santa Monica-based group found. The most substantial chunk of money dropped on paternal appreciation will go toward special outings, with 18.8% of total sales generated from meals out or sporting events.
July 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has a simple wish for his upcoming birthday: some cash. At least that is what First Lady Michelle Obama is asking for in an email to supporters Monday, in which she reveals she and her husband plan to celebrate his 51st birthday next month with "a little celebration" at their Chicago home. Obama's birthday is Aug. 4, and his reelection campaign is using the occasion for another contest in which supporters can enter to win a chance to meet the president.