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.
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.
December 23, 2013 |
Last-minute shoppers visited fewer stores and spent less money last week than they did the week before, putting a pinch on retailers who had hoped for strong sales during the final weekend before Christmas, according to ShopperTrak. The data firm found that from Dec. 16-22, revenue at bricks-and-mortar stores slid 3.1% from the same week last year. Foot traffic tanked 21.2%. Harsh weather kept many consumers from reaching malls, according to ShopperTrak. And many Americans now research their shopping lists online before buying products in person, which results in fewer stores visited per shopping trip.
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.