May 18, 2010 |
The Obama family's finances improved over the last year thanks to robust book sales, according to financial disclosure forms released Monday. The president and Michelle Obama have assets totaling between $2.3 million and $7.7 million, excluding their house in Chicago, the forms showed. A year ago, the first family posted assets of between $1.4 million and $5.9 million. The disclosure reports, required under ethics laws, allow public officials to list income, assets and other financial information in broad dollar ranges, rather than specific amounts.
November 15, 2008 |
Valerie Jarrett, a prominent Chicago business and political figure and an influential member of President-elect Barack Obama's inner circle, is poised to play a crucial role in the White House as a public liaison and senior aide to the president. In an official announcement due today, Jarrett will be named senior advisor and assistant to the president in charge of intergovernmental relations.
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.
November 22, 2008 |
For about 400 people in western Kenya who can call the next U.S. president "part of the family," the business of being an Obama has a whole new meaning. The modest family compound here has been inundated by hordes of visitors, varying from reporters and local politicians to ordinary Kenyans looking for help in getting U.S. visas, scholarships, jobs or cash. Family matriarch Sarah Onyango, step-grandmother of President-elect Barack Obama, is treated like a rock star wherever she goes.
March 23, 2012 |
Zan Nordhoc's unhappy family is certainly unhappy in its own ways in Steve Erickson's new novel "These Dreams of You. " For instance, in a third-act twist he suggests that the nanny of the protagonist's adopted daughter (and, potentially, that child's secret birth mother) was conceived in a booze-slathered Berlin orgy with David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Well, that's one way to pep up the family holiday newsletter. But if it's possible to be disappointed by a group sex cameo with '70s art-rock stars, it's because Erickson's novel is, in many other ways, a finely felt hike through the messy ways relationships and history define us. But you have to hack through some serious storytelling weeds to get there.
June 7, 2009 |
As President Obama visited Dresden with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, a genealogical study in Utah reported that the first African American president in U.S. history is actually German. Well, partly. Provo-based Ancestry.com has found that Obama's lineage on his mother's side can be traced to Germany. Using online sources and microfilm from the Family History Library owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, genealogists found a document that went back to the president's eighth great-grandfather, Conrad Wolflin, who was mayor of Orsingen, Germany, for 30 years.
November 27, 2008 |
For those clamoring for invitations to future White House functions -- including Christmas parties and state dinners -- there will be few people more important than Desiree Rogers. The Chicago businesswoman will wield major clout for such events as the next White House social secretary, an appointment President-elect Barack Obama's transition office announced this week.
November 9, 2008 |
We have already seen Barack Obama's strength as an election-day closer. Now the Professional Bowlers Assn. wants to address an Obama weakness -- his bowling game. During the primaries, Obama gave bowling a try at Pleasant Valley Recreation Center in Altoona, Pa., but managed only a 37 over seven frames. That prompted Obama to quip to Jimmy Kimmel that he was going to get rid of the White House bowling alley and replace it with a basketball court.
December 26, 2011 |
The Obama family celebrated a low-key Christmas, trading presents, attending church and singing Christmas carols before the first couple left their rented vacation home to meet troops and their families at a nearby Marine Corps base. The visit tested the president's dignity in unexpected ways when he picked up 8-month-old Cooper Wall Wagner and held him against his chest. While the president chatted with Cooper's parents in the mess hall, the baby's fingers found their way into Obama's unguarded mouth.
September 4, 2012 |
NORFOLK, Va. - President Obama will watch the first lady's prime-time speech Tuesday night with his daughters at the White House - and says he'll try not to get choked up. “I am going to try not to let them see their daddy cry,” Obama told a crowded outdoor rally in Norfolk , Va. “Because when Michelle starts talking, I start getting all misty.” Michelle Obama will highlight the opening night of the three-day Democratic...