January 17, 2011 |
President Obama commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by leading his administration in performing a day of service in honor of the assassinated civil-rights leader. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters visited Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, where the president and first lady helped paint fruit characters in the school cafeteria to encourage better eating habits. Nutrition and fighting childhood obesity are top causes for Michelle Obama, who celebrated her 47th birthday on Monday.
August 22, 2006 |
For years farmers here complained about the broken dirt road through their village, so bumpy that taxi and bus drivers refused to take it. Then, two weeks ago, the government suddenly sent a tractor to smooth the way, conspicuously stopping at the doorstep of one family. "They're not fooling anyone," said Said Hussein Obama, whose home lies at the end of the newly improved road. "It's only because he's coming. You watch, next week we'll have electricity!"
December 26, 2008 |
President-elect Barack Obama visited military families Thursday as they ate Christmas dinner, thanking them for their service and posing for pictures. Obama visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii near his rented vacation home and briefly chatted with enlisted members who ate turkey, ham and roast beef. He didn't make formal remarks or speak to reporters during the stop, one of the few public sightings of the Democratic president-elect on what aides call a private family vacation.
June 7, 2009 |
The French news media have made much of the fact that President Obama is spending the "minimum" one-on-one time with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his weekend visit to Paris and Normandy. "Can one stay in the capital of an allied country without saying hello to your neighbor?" the French daily Le Figaro said Saturday. (The Obama family is spending the weekend at the U.S.
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 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.
February 28, 2010 |
Judith Jamison can recall vividly the April 1989 lunch in St. Louis when Alvin Ailey designated her his artistic heir. "He said, 'I'm not doing well; you know I'm sick, and I'd like you to take over the company.' I said, 'Sure, of course, Alvin.' "That was it. The decision to do it was instantaneous." Jamison, 66, was speaking last month in her comfortable office on an upper floor of the company's sleek, spacious Midtown headquarters. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater recently had completed its annual five-week New York City season, during which Jamison's 20th anniversary as artistic director was honored and celebrated in various forms.
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May 8, 2013 |
On occasion, my wife and I have taken out-of-town visitors on Sunday outings to the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles to expose the uninitiated to the joy of a live gospel choir. I sometimes wonder how I stand with that power greater than myself while intruding on a house of worship solely to observe a spectacle. But we're always received so warmly that I quickly lose myself in the music and forget where I am. In that state, I've paid little notice to hats and shoes and dresses.
August 30, 2008 |
In 1960, after John F. Kennedy decided to move his convention acceptance speech from the brand-new Sports Arena to the larger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum next door, he addressed a crowd of 80,000 from a stage that seen through 21st century eyes looks innocent and modest, if not clumsy. On the front of the lectern, just beneath the microphones, was a simple sign, its capital letters as skinny as Kennedy's tie, reading "Democratic National Convention." Below that, a large painted eagle spread its wings.
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.