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May 18, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau
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.
May 21, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
February 13, 2007
RECENT POLLS INDICATE that black voters favor Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by a substantial margin over Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), so political pundits are all a-titter, asking how this can be. The assumption, apparently, is that black support should cleave to the black man. But then, is Obama really black? Of course he is. But that fact has done nothing to prevent the awkward dissection of Obama's cultural and racial affinities. Is he half black? Is he African American?
June 7, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
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 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 | John McCormick, McCormick is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.
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 | Mike Penner
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.
January 17, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Santa Monica designer Michael S. Smith has won the commission to redecorate the White House living quarters for the Obama family. "He sounds like a wise choice, with his interest in traditional though not pedantic museum settings," said historian William Seale, author of "The President's House: A History." "What works best in the White House is someone who is immersed in the past and can design in a modern way." Recent presidents and first ladies have hired a designer from their home states.
April 18, 2009 | Emily Green
Whether a tomato seedling was raised from seed or bought from a nursery, it's as cute as the Obama family's new puppy. If the plants stayed as darling until their fruit ripens in June and July, everyone would grow them. But tomatoes are vines.
December 24, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
The Obama family settled into their Hawaiian vacation this weekend, with the president making a late arrival thanks to the kerfuffle back in Washington over the payroll tax cut renewal. President Obama spent part of Christmas Eve playing golf with old friends from the islands and White House staff, while the first lady spoke with children who had called into NORAD's special Santa-tracking phone line. The White House released a transcript of the conversations, which show a first lady in classic Christmas story-telling mode.
February 9, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will talk about gun violence, immigration and climate change in his State of the Union address, but the overarching focus will be on American jobs. Echoing the mantra of 2012 presidential campaign, Obama aides say that pocketbook issues are the most important thing on the president's agenda in the coming months. As he speaks before Congress on Tuesday, and then travels around the country after the speech, top on his to-do list will be economic expansion for the middle class and those who aspire to it. That doesn't mean the elements of his recent inaugural speech won't come into play.
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