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?
January 24, 2013
The life and career of President Obama will become a major part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, which is scheduled to open in 2015, has been collecting Obama-related artifacts since his nomination as the 2008 Democratic candidate, according to reports. The museum began construction in 2012 and will be completed in 2015. The president attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the museum and delivered an address. At the time, the museum had an estimated price tag of $500 million.
September 3, 2011 |
To secure an audience with the Obama family matriarch at her farmhouse in western Kenya, you are told to pay respects at the local seat of power. This is a run-down government building where the district commissioner, a scowling man in a black suit, receives you without warmth. You've come to see Sarah Onyango, you explain, the woman referred to as "Granny" by the president of the United States. You are coming with the blessing of the president's half brother Malik Obama, you quickly add. District Commissioner Boaz Cherutich, who controls the woman's 24-hour security detail, dismisses you brusquely, saying: With the family's permission, you don't need mine.
November 10, 2008 |
Bill Cosby has long bristled at suggestions that his pioneering NBC comedy, "The Cosby Show," was somehow unrealistic in its portrayal of a black upper-middle-class family. So with the Obama family set to take up residence in the White House, Cosby reflected on those statements last week with a chuckle. "For all those people who said they didn't know any black people like the Huxtables," quipped Cosby in a phone interview, "all I can say is, 'Will you watch the show now?'
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October 10, 2009 |
Ben Ali, 82, the founder of Ben's Chili Bowl diner, a landmark in Washington's black business and entertainment district and a frequent stop for politicians and celebrities, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at his home in Washington. Ali opened the restaurant with his wife, Virginia, in an old movie house in 1958, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. It became a longtime fixture in the black business community, serving up bowls of chili and its trademark chili-covered half-smoke sausages.