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.
March 21, 2014 |
BEIJING - The arrival in China of President Obama's daughters, 15-year-old Malia and 12-year-old Sasha, for a weeklong trip with their mother, prompts the question: What about President Xi Jinping's daughter? Xi's daughter, Xi Mingze, never appears in public. The 21-year-old is believed to be a student at Harvard University, enrolled under a pseudonym. That has never been mentioned in the Chinese press and searches of her name on the Chinese Internet are blocked. The most recent photo of her available was from when she was about 10. The only other confirmed photograph, released last year by Chinese state media, shows her riding on the back of her father's bicycle when she was about 5. In contrast, the Obama girls have been splashed all over the Chinese media, deplaning in shiny taffeta skirts on Thursday.
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.
September 18, 2013 |
A painting depicting President Obama was defaced at an art gallery in the Sacramento area last weekend, and the gallery owner has vowed to keep the painting on display. The act of vandalism, which was reported by news station Fox40, occurred last week at The Brickhouse Gallery near the Oak Park section of the city. The painting of Obama, which sits on the roof of the building, was spray-painted with the words "No War" and the initials NWO, which apparently stand for New World Order, a conspiracy theory.
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?
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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.
November 26, 2008
Re "Dubya's land mines," Opinion, Nov. 20 Rosa Brooks' latest round of Bush-bashing is beyond absurd. I suppose she just couldn't help herself and had to get in a few more kicks before Dubya rides off into the sunset. But by all accounts (including the Obama team's), the transition of power in the executive branch is progressing smoothly and on schedule. Although it doesn't seem to register with Brooks, Bush is still president for a couple more months and has the right and duty to fulfill his obligations to the office and to the country.