August 5, 2009 |
When President Obama says he has the best healthcare in the world, he isn't kidding. The White House medical unit, with a staff of four doctors plus nurses and physicians' assistants, is steps from his office. Treatment is free for Obama and his family (as well as for the vice president and his family). During the president's travels, a doctor and nurse ride in a limousine in his motorcade. An emergency medical technician comes too, with an ambulance.
December 25, 2011 |
Christmas morning began early for the Obama family, which is vacationing in a rental home in Kailua, on the east side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The White House said the Obamas exchanged Christmas gifts at 8 a.m. They ate breakfast and sang Christmas carols before leaving for church at a nearby Marine Corps base. Obama wore a navy polo shirt and khakis, while the first lady wore a white dress with an orange band around the waist, according to the media pool report.
November 8, 2008 |
HBO has acquired a still-untitled documentary about President-elect Barack Obama that will air on the premium cable channel next year. The film, produced by Edward Norton and his production company Class 5 Films, was shot over the last 2 1/2 years with the cooperation of Obama and his campaign. Documentary filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, who served as co-directors of the project, had access to Obama's staff, family and friends. Filming is continuing through the inauguration. -- Matea Gold
October 12, 2011 |
First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday that her recent trip to a D.C.-area Target store was hardly a rare occurrence -- and that sometimes she sneaks out of the White House with a canine companion. "I do that more frequently than people realize," Obama told NBC's Al Roker on the "Today" show. "It's amazing how people don't recognize you. They don't expect to see me at Starbucks or at Chipotle. ... I actually took Bo to Petco. " Bo, of course, is the Obama family dog. "The cashier asked me, 'Oh, what kind of dog is that?
September 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A District of Columbia police officer who allegedly made threatening remarks about First Lady Michelle Obama in July will not be prosecuted, according to the Secret Service. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan confirmed comments made earlier Thursday by D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Speaking on all-news radio station WTOP's "Ask The Chief" program Thursday morning, Lanier said the matter was now considered an “administrative investigation” within the department, WTOP said.
April 19, 2012 |
An unflattering statue of Sarah Palin that doubles as a functioning stove -- yes, the cooking kind -- has found a home in Chicago. The work of public art, created by a Chicago artist named J. Taylor Wallace, will take up residence at the Bridgeport Art Center. "We're havin' a Tea Pear-ody" is a large-scale metallic rendering of Palin's head, with signature glasses, tight bun and mouth wide open as if shouting. Smoke from the stove emerges from the top of the head, according to reports.
August 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - To mark his birthday Saturday, President Obama stepped off the campaign trail and onto the golf course. Obama celebrated turning 51 with a round of golf under a hot sun at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He was joined by a group of friends and aides. The president wore tan pants, a white shirt and sunglasses, while his companions, described by a White House aide as personal friends, wore golf shirts and shorts on a sunny, sultry, mid-90s day. Later in the day, the president was to fly to Camp David for a quiet weekend in the pine forests of the Catoctin Mountains.
May 21, 2012 |
An artist in South Africa has landed in hot water over a painting depicting the country's president, Jacob Zuma, with exposed genitalia. "The Spear," a painting by Brett Murray, shows a clothed Zuma standing in a defiant pose, with his penis and scrotum clearly visible. Since there is no literal spear shown in the painting, viewers can assume that the title is a phallic reference. Zuma is launching a court case this week in which he argues that the painting violates his right to dignity, according to reports.