Friday, July 16, 2010
Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Jenna Bush, the 27-year-old daughter of President George W. Bush, was a handful for the Secret Service, a new book claims.
Jenna "would purposely try to lose her protection by going through red lights or by jumping in her car without telling agents where she was going. As a result, in a total waste of manpower, the Secret Service kept her car under surveillance so agents could follow her," Ronald Kessler writes in In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect, out next month from Crown. More here.
MyFOXDC.com reports that the ad, sponsored by Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, shows an eight-year-old girl speaking about the "healthy" vegetarian lunch choices Sasha and Malia Obama have at Sidwell Friends -- a Quaker private school in Northwest Washington, D.C.
The girl then asks, "Why don't I?"
The ad also claims that children in public schools are more likely to be fed meat and cheese products, according to the station.
While the ad is part of a campaign to petition Congress to require healthier foods in schools, Politico newspaper reports that "targeting" the Obama girls is no way to win friends at the White House.
"This is not the way to win the heart of the president," Brookings Institution Governance Studies Director Darrell West told Politico. "It's dangerous to target Obama's daughters because many people view family members as off limits for political advocacy. That's especially relevant in this case because his daughters are so young."
"I asked my father if we could have the Beatles come to play at the White House," she recalled. "I was very excited about it."
His response? A decisive no, "without even any moment of trying to soften the blow," Johnson said in a recent phone interview.
The president thought the move would be viewed as self-serving. His daughter, however, saw it as a chance to honor "a great talent" and strengthen ties between the United States and Great Britain -- not to mention a golden opportunity for her and her friends.
"I could see how different sets of folks could have either perspective. And I suspect my father could see that too," she said.
Luci Baines Johnson learned quickly of the scrutiny that came from being a first daughter. Her family moved into the White House in 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. More at CNN
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Some of the loudest applause at "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" Saturday night was for the First Couple, who received a five-minute standing ovation from before the show.
"We had no idea he was going to be here," Maisha McGill, 28, said. "We were really lucky to come tonight. People were standing on top of their chairs clapping for him."
The show finally started more than 45 minutes late at 8:47 while employees flickered the lights on and off in an attempt to calm down the clapping audience.
The Obamas had arrived shortly before curtain time and theatergoers who crowded the sidewalk were delayed by heavy security.
Nobody seemed to mind.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The wives of the presidents and prime ministers of Kenya, Nigeria, Angola, Zambia, Cameroon and 10 other nations teamed up with U.S. health experts, nonprofit groups and a clutch of celebrities to promote their work.
"Nowhere before in the United States has such a large group of African first ladies come together to talk as one," Ted Alemayhu, founder of the Los Angeles-based U.S. Doctors for Africa, told a news conference.
Hollywood actresses Diane Lane, Maria Bello, Robin Wright Penn and Camryn Manheim were among the celebrity women who attended an opening day luncheon. Read the rest....
Monday, April 20, 2009
They lap up every shred of information about the first daughters, dream about meeting them and strategize ways to make it happen. Minivan rides and dinner table conversations are dominated by questions about the girls: What's their favorite food? What kind of dog did they get? Where can I get a coat like Malia's? Read the rest....Very interesting!!
That's the way it always is. Four years ago, my sons begged for a dog, saying it was all they ever wanted and that they would take care of it. Today, the boys, who are about Sasha and Malia's age, love their dog as much as ever. The older one insists on sleeping with him each night. But who walks and feeds the dog? Usually I do. I have to constantly remind the boys to take the dog out for his afternoon walk.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Women selling hot peppers and black beans in a sprawling market in Haiti's capital talk of their unending economic woes, their hungry children and their dismal hopes that politicians will do anything about it.
As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Haiti on Thursday, the expectations of Haiti's people are dismally low. President Rene Preval escorted Clinton from the airport to the national palace for a private meeting.
Disappointment is widespread over unkept promises of aid to Haiti. The country has not yet recovered from last year's food riots and four tropical storms that killed nearly 800 people and caused $1 billion in damage.
Political tensions also are running high ahead of Sunday's long-delayed Senate elections, which some parties disqualified from running have threatened to disrupt.
In the noisy Croix-des-Bossales market, women fixate on their families' hunger as they bat beetles away from unsold piles of food.
"There's no money in this country because there isn't any work," said Therese Bejaman, 38, who sells coconuts imported from the neighboring Dominican Republic.
Bejaman's husband lost his job at the commercial port across the street a few years ago. Now their seven children, aged 6 to 18, depend on her traveling hours over washed-out roads to the border, where she pays about $5.60 for a dozen coconuts with hopes of making about 5 1/2 cents of profit on each one. It's not going well.
"They aren't selling fast," she said.
With other countries struggling amid the global economic crisis, aid to Haiti has been affected.
A donors conference Tuesday in Washington was a disappointment. It raised $324 million for Haiti but — despite entreaties by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, security council members, Bill Clinton and others — that amount was more than $600 million short of what the country needs for economic development and hurricane recovery.
Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis said Wednesday that the pledge is not as much as the country needs, but is more than she expected from donors, given the crisis.
But Haitian lawmakers said the international community has failed to keep its promises, leaving the country to struggle at a critical turning point.
Hillary Clinton told the donors' conference that the United States is providing nearly $290 million in non-emergency aid to Haiti this year. After meeting with Preval, she is expected to go to the Dominican Republic for a town-hall meeting. Read the rest of the AP article
Monday, April 13, 2009
As she was introducing "Big Girls Don't Cry," Fergie thanked her "new friends the Obamas" and said she was excited to be performing "tonight." It was about 11:30 a.m.
Fergie said she put on her "little girlie dress" for Easter, then dove into her song "Glamorous." She sang an edited version.
Her song has the line, "If you ain't got no money, take your broke a** home." She left out the curse word, but some in the crowd filled it in for her.After that song, she asked who in the crowd had eaten chocolate for Easter. She said they need more than chocolate. They need something "Fergalicious." That was her final song. LOL!
This was earlier today.
The President and his family took communion Sunday as they celebrated Easter at St. John's Church in their first public worship service since the inauguration.
A lid was being kept on where President Barack Obama and his family were going attend Easter Sunday church services.
The President hasn't attended public church services in Washington since taking office.
White House aides had been scouting potential congregations for the first family.
As congregants went to the altar for communion, several stopped at the president's pew and wished Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters a happy Easter.
Parts of this story came from AP.
In what was one of the White House's most tightly kept secrets, President Obama's daughters, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha, have settled on a black and white pup.
The dog was a gift from Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts who owns several Portuguese water dogs himself.
The Washington Post reported in its online editions Saturday night that Obama's daughters chose the name Bo for the pup because first lady Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley.
The name for the dog was an apparent reference to the singer "Bo" Diddley.