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March 20, 2014 | By Jason Song and Larry Gordon
Students at UC Irvine say they are excited about having President Obama speak at their commencement this year after the news was announced Thursday. “I feel it to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Alex Liao, an international studies major who is scheduled to graduate. The president will deliver the address at Irvine's 50th anniversary ceremony in June. Liao had been worried there would be only one large ceremony that would deprive students of the chance to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, but having Obama and smaller ceremonies was the “optimal solution,” he said.
February 12, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Rocker Ted Nugent heard little to like in President Obama's State of the Union address, dismissing the president's proposals to stem gun violence as "more nonsense. " "Nothing he proposed, or nothing that has been proposed, would have stopped any of the shootings," Nugent told reporters after watching the speech from the House chamber as the guest of a Republican congressman. "Who doesn't know this? Who doesn't know that registration and limitation on magazine capacity and the color of guns has anything to do with saving lives or reducing crime?"
September 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Democrats are calling on a Republican congressman from Georgia to apologize for referring to Barack and Michelle Obama as "uppity," but the lawmaker stood by his comments and said he meant no offense. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville, Ga., described the Obamas as members of an "elitist-class . . . that thinks that they're uppity," according to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper. Asked to clarify whether he intended to use the word, he said, "Yeah, uppity."
January 6, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
Tina Tchen has plenty of qualities that made her a logical choice as First Lady Michelle Obama's top aide, but here's one that will come in especially handy: Tchen sleeps only four hours a night. Appointed Wednesday as chief of staff to the first lady, Tchen cited a "biological-clock thing" in explaining why she sleeps only from 2 to 6 a.m. "I have the good fortune to not need a lot of sleep," she said. "That's been a great gift. " The other 20 hours a day, Tchen earns a reputation as "driven," "indefatigable" and "phenomenally brilliant," according to friends and colleagues.
July 31, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
It is a maxim of campaigns that candidates sometimes ignore at their peril: Define yourself for voters before your opponent does it for you. For weeks, Mitt Romney has left unanswered a barrage of attack ads by President Obama and his allies - to the growing consternation of some fellow Republicans. In Ohio, Florida, Virginia and other presidential battlegrounds, commercials airing dozens of times a day have portrayed Obama's Republican challenger as a corporate raider who enriched himself in deals that led to plant closings and thousands of layoffs.
April 10, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Having already dominated the Grammy Awards, late-night television and the Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake rode his rolling promotional juggernaut to the White House on Tuesday night, taking part in an all-star tribute to Memphis soul along with Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones and Queen Latifah, among others. And, yes, he wore his suit and tie . The invite-only concert, to be broadcast April 16 on PBS, was the latest installment in a series of "In Performance at the White House" events that have seen President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate country music, Motown and the work of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.
February 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Republicans said President Obama's State of the Union address was heavy with “false promises” and short on a commitment to cut spending. But initial reaction largely avoided the most emotionally-charged issue in the speech: gun violence. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the third-ranking Republican in the House, said Obama “failed the most basic test of leadership” - to “inspire good people from different backgrounds and with different agendas to come together to solve big problems.” “I hoped that the president would seize on this opportunity to build on his historic election and to broaden his governing coalition,” he said.
January 25, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
It's not the glamour French cuisine of the "Camelot" White House under John and Jacqueline Kennedy. It's not the cowboy boots and Texas barbecue of Lyndon B. Johnson, or Ronald and Nancy Reagan's mix of designer clothes and brush-cutting getaways at the ranch. But Barack and Michelle Obama have put a distinctive stamp on the White House during their first year there, and it's not what many in Washington expected. Instead of reflecting their barrier-breaking distinctiveness -- the first black president, the first first lady with a high-powered executive career -- the Obamas have projected a carefully crafted image of ordinariness.
August 20, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Despite President Obama's mention during his 2012 victory speech that “one dog's probably enough,” apparently it wasn't. The Obamas have expanded the first family with another Portuguese water dog, which they named Sunny. All we know about Sunny is that she hails from Michigan, is 14 months old and appears to be as impossibly cute as Bo, the dog that she is intended to be a playmate for, frolicking on the White House lawn. We don't know if the Obamas got Sunny from a breeder, but Bo came from a breeder, a respected one. Most people in the animal welfare community had hoped that the Obamas would adopt a dog from a rescue organization or a shelter, and the president said in 2008 after he was elected that his preference was to get a shelter dog. I understand that the Obamas have some constraints on their dog selection, foremost being that their daughter Malia has allergies, so their pet needed to be a hypoallergenic breed.
June 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Which famous family would Americans most like to go on a road trip with? The Obamas came in first, and acting couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner came in a close second, according to a recent survey conducted by Choice Hotels. The survey asked more than 1,200 adults and a sample of more than 500 families who plan to travel with children this summer for their opinions about summer trips. Twenty-three percent of respondents chose the Obamas and 22% selected the Affleck-Garner clan.
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