August 17, 2013 |
EDGARTOWN, Mass. - As the White House announced an upcoming presidential bus tour to focus on a middle-class agenda, President Obama was golfing at a private club on Martha's Vineyard. When Obama wanted to show he was engaged on the deepening political crisis in Egypt, he delivered a statement from the driveway of his rented estate - then zipped off for another nine holes. After skipping his summer vacation last year during the scrutiny of the campaign, a reelected Obama embraced his week of leisure with little worry about the inevitable political swipes at a vacationing president or the collision of images Washington calls "optics.
August 15, 2013 |
Michelle Obama's latest attempt to promote her anti-childhood obesity campaign? A hip-hop album release. No, she won't be rapping. But she will be popping up in cameos for the album's music videos. The album, “Songs for a Healthier America,” will be produced by FLOTUS' Partnership for a Healthier America and the Hip Hop Public Health Foundation. With 19 songs, the record features hip-hop vets including Ashanti, DMC and Arti Green. The album's tracks are literally about food, with titles such as “We Like Vegetables,” “U R What You Eat” and “Veggie Luv.” Lucky little students in New York City schools will be the first to see the effort's 10 music videos, before they are circulated to a wider audience.
August 15, 2013 |
Orson Scott Card, the “Ender's Game” novelist who ignited a firestorm over his comments about gay marriage, has written a paranoid essay comparing President Obama to Hitler in which he suggests Obama could be planning a coup to take over the United States. In a post on his Civilization Watch blog called “Unlikely Events,” Card lays out a conspiracy-laden rant saying Obama wants to take over the country via a national police force driving around in armored cars - “thugs who will do his bidding without any reference to law” - and that Michelle Obama will be anointed to succeed him until “the Constitution will have been amended to allow Presidents to run for reelection forever.” MORE: Orson Scott Card and Superman: Stoking fan rage Card prefaces his essay by saying that as a science-fiction writer his job is to “make impossible events seem not just possible but likely.
July 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Shortly after she launched her signature anti-obesity initiative more than three years ago, Michelle Obama signaled she would take on a contentious issue: advertising for snacks, soft drinks, sugary cereals and fast food aimed at children. She denounced ads that use cartoon characters to push junk food. She bluntly told executives "to step it up" to improve the foods they market to children. And she promoted a White House "action plan" on obesity that praised a federal effort to come up with voluntary marketing guidelines - the most significant attempt in decades to limit ads targeting children.
July 8, 2013 |
Amanda Bynes has gone straight to the top once again, this time adding the U.S. president and first lady to her "ugly" list on Twitter. "Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are ugly!," she wrote Monday morning, adding the first couple to a list that has included Drake, RuPaul, Perez Hilton, Jason Biggs, Zac Efron, Lance Bass and more. The Obama comment was retweeted more than 16,000 times. Keep in mind, this is the same person who last week tweeted , "I Want A Million Dollars A Year For Illegally Having My Mind Read And Privacy Stolen" and has thanked outlets for making her more famous by writing about every missive she issues.
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June 7, 2013 |
When Xi Jinping visited Los Angeles last year as vice president of China, Sue Zhang dined with him. Now, Xi is China's president, and Zhang is scrambling to catch a glimpse of him during his stay in the Palm Springs area for a two-day summit with President Obama. The informal talks, which begin Friday afternoon, are a chance for the two leaders to get to know each other and discuss issues such as cybersecurity and North Korea. Xi has not scheduled any meetings with local Chinese Americans.
June 6, 2013 |
BEIJING -- It is not bad that Xi Jinping is getting a three-day visit with President Obama. But the one whom many Chinese wanted their president and first lady to meet was actually Michelle. Among Chinese commentators, the absence of the American first lady at the summit this weekend in Rancho Mirage is causing consternation. The meeting was supposed to be a relaxed, get-acquainted event and Xi is bringing his own wife, the photogenic singer Peng Liyuan. "In terms of diplomatic etiquette, Chinese will definitely feel that the United States is lacking unless they can come up with a really solid excuse,"' said Deng Yuwen, a foreign policy commentator in Beijing.
June 6, 2013 |
First Lady Michelle Obama has shown us all how to deal with the nastiness that has infected American politics: do not indulge it. At a fund-raiser in a private Washington residence on Tuesday night, a gay rights activist standing only a few steps away interrupted the first lady as she spoke. Michelle's reaction was immediate. She did not try to talk over the heckler or engage the person in a debate or pass it off as a joke or wait until the rant subsided. Instead, she stepped away from the microphone, walked over to the shouting woman and said, “Listen to me or you can take the mike, but I'm leaving.” And then, to the rest of the crowd, “You all decide.
April 29, 2013 |
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released its latest cosmetic and resconstructive surgery statistics on Monday. Many of the trends were familiar. In all, the group reported, Americans underwent 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries, including face-lifts, liposuction and rhinoplasty; 13 million minimally invasive procedures (think Botox injections) and 5.6 million reconstructive procedures (including tumor removal and scar revision). People in the U.S. spent $11 billion on the cosmetic procedures alone.
April 28, 2013 |
The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, affectionately known as the nerd prom, attracted a bevy of stars to Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, including Nicole Kidman, Sofia Vergara, Hayden Panettiere, Jessica Pare, Katy Perry and Olivia Munn. But when it came to fashion, all eyes were on Michelle Obama, as they always are. The first lady chose a stunning black chiffon, fitted and draped, goddess-like gown with a high neckline in delicate Chantilly lace and jet black beads by Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier . The dress struck the right note between glamour and fun, which is just what the evening called for. Lhuillier said in an email that it is the first time she has dressed the first lady, and that "it was a dream come true.