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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.
April 18, 2013
The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them. FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers says the photos came from surveillance cameras near the explosion sites. The explosions Monday killed three people and injured more than 180. The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at...
April 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON--The White House turned over the president's weekly address to a stand-in Saturday, airing on its website gripping video of Francine Wheeler talking about the life and death of her 6-year-old son, Ben , shot in his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. "Sometimes, I close my eyes and all I can remember is that awful day waiting at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Firehouse for the boy who would never come home,” Wheeler says, struggling to talk without sobbing as her husband sits next to her, silent, clutching a tissue.
April 5, 2013 |
Michelle Obama is kicking herself. In proof that the mouth is faster than the brain, the first lady referred to herself as a "busy single mother" in a CBS interview. (Video below.) She then said, well, no, she's not single. But, she told a Vermont CBS affiliate, "sometimes when you've got the husband who's president, it can feel a little single -- but he's there. " She corrected her characterization to "busy working mom. " All things considered, it's a rather geniune slip-up from a mom who probably doesn't always have it easy. Like first ladies throughout history, she's unpaid and has no official duties but is constantly in the spotlight.
March 12, 2013 |
First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck were among a high-powered roster of public figures whose personal and financial information was posted on the Internet. The data, which include purported home addresses, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and credit reports, appeared on a website that seemed to originate in Russia. The Secret Service and the FBI said Tuesday that they were opening investigations, and President Obama confirmed the apparent breach.
February 25, 2013 |
On Feb. 14, a Hollywood delegation showed up at the White House. Motion Picture Academy President Hawk Koch, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and film mogul Harvey Weinstein had come to explore a rather important matter (for them): They wanted to see if they could secretly work out the details for Michelle Obama to present best picture at the Oscars 10 days later. Senior members of the first lady's team met with the group, discussing a series of questions from the big to the picayune, according to a person present who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to talk about the meeting.