July 31, 2009
Most people don’t think to invite our POTUS (or any POTUS, for that matter) to their wedding. That didn’t stop Shoney Grasso. In an email to the President’s website, Grasso wrote about her support for Obama, ending the letter with an invitation to her June 6 nuptuals.
Last week, Grasso received a call from a White House spokesperson, who said “the president himself read the letter and wanted to send his condolences that he could not attend the wedding.” The spokesperson went on to ask Grasso if she could be around her phone at noon that day “for an important phone call.” At first, Grasso thought the call was a joke, but soon realized the gravity of her invitation.
The happy couple, now even happier! (Photo by Jennifer Feals)
According to Seacoast Online, Grasso later got a call from a private number. After holding for five minutes, she said the “sweetest” voice came on the line. “She said ‘Is this Shoney? This is Michelle Obama.” Grasso and our FLOTUS spoke about Bo the FDOTUS, work, the wedding, and Grasso’s plans of becoming a doctor. (Grasso also told the First Lady, “I’m going to the gym because I want your arms,” to which FLOTUS responded with a chuckle.) Ms. Obama ended the call wishing Grasso and her husband a strong and happy marriage.
The First Couple, long before dreams of the White House
Moral of the story: When baby BoL arrives someday, the Obamas are DEFINITELY getting an invitation to the shower!
July 28, 2009
Shaquille O’Neal bet one his handlers 1000 push-ups that he could get into the White House even if he showed up unannounced. According to the Washington Post, the rules included not using any of his political connections, not showing a badge, and not calling any of his friends that work for the Secret Service. The result you ask?
Upon showing up at the White House, over the weekend, he was…..DE-NIED!! Defeated, he returned to his hotel where he began doing the 1000 push-ups in spurts of 20. What a day. Maybe Shaq should have asked for his shoe back…?
Baller-in-Chief knows that the size of the shoe doesn't matter (photo courtesy of Reuters)
July 27, 2009
Our FLOTUS continues to rival her hubby as most popular ‘OTUS, most recently with the stellar sales of Bluewater Comics’ “Female Force: Michelle Obama.” The FLOTUS edition has sold over 57,000 copies to date, which is more than most Marvel or DC books sell. Bluewater has also profiled the likes of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Condoleeza Rice, and Caroline Kennedy.
Her superpower? The ability to rock our world!
Not that she’s the first Obama to flood the comic book stands. POTUS has been featured in a number of series; when will Superdaughters Malia and Sasha debut?
Super-POTUS! (Cover Art by Phil Jimenez, AP Photo/Marvel Comics)
July 24, 2009
Residents of Charlottesville, VA were treated to a surprise visit from Michelle Obama, her mother, Marion Robinson, and her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, yesterday. The family was in town doing some sightseeing. First stop — the home of President Thomas Jefferson, Monticello (which means little mountain). On their way home, they ate dinner at The Virginian and then stopped at a hometown favorite, Arch’s, to indulge in some frozen yogurt. Yummy! (If you ever go to Arch’s, I personally recommend the Mississippi Mud — heath bars, gooey brownies, and graham crackers on vanilla!). Earlier in the day, the Obamas toured Luray Caverns. All this fun, while POTUS is in Chicago and Ohio for the day. Next time, take me!!
Okay, Charlottesville loves all of the Obamas! (courtesy of Charlottesville DEMs)
July 22, 2009
Michelle busted out quite the fashion move at yesterday’s White House workshop on country music. This woman CANNOT miss, y’all!
FLOTUS unveils her First Do (Photo by Getty Images)
Does POTUS approve? He better! (Photo by Reuters)
July 22, 2009
The Obama’s proved that they aren’t entirely city folks. Yesterday, they welcomed a little bit of country to the White House as part of a series of concerts celebrating American music. Guests of honor included, Brad Paisely, Alison Krauss and Charlie Pride.
I actually don't have friends in low places. But man, did Garth Brooks blow the roof off the Lincoln Memorial with his rendition of "SHOUT" during my Inaugural weekend!
July 21, 2009
Our POTUS is getting a bit of heat for his performance at the aforementioned first pitch. Not because he couldn’t clear the plate, though. Because of his fashion choice, particularly the jeans he wore. Some have gone so far as to label them “mom jeans.” Ouch!
Was Twain right? Do clothes make the man? (Photo by Getty Images)
In an interview with Good Morning America’s Meredith Veira, Obama defended his outfit, saying the jeans were comfortable, and admitting that until a few years ago, he only owned four suits. According to Barry, “I’m a little frumpy… For those of you who want your president to look great in his tight jeans, I’m sorry. I’m not the guy.” He sweetly added that the FLOTUS looks fabulous. Heck ya she does!
While POTUS rocks the shirtless look or formal wear, he has had his low moments. Haven’t we all?
Ahem, Mr. President, are those blacks socks with sneakers? (Photo by Alex Brandon/Associated Press)
July 20, 2009
The White House/First Lady announced a few months back that they would single handedly solve the decidedly sad story regarding honeybees. Well, not exactly, but in addition to the wildly popular First Garden, FLOTUS has authorized a First Beehive (FBhOTUS??), thus delighting the very vocal US beekeeper community.
This tiny box can make honey? Sign us up! (Photo by Charlie Brandts)
The upkeep has gone to Charlie Brandts, who worked as a White House carpenter and raised bees in his free time. When White House Chef Sam Kass heard about Brandts’ hobby, he asked him to make honey for the White House kitchen. Now, Brandts been promoted to First Beekeeper, and earned his keep by producing a whopping 43 pounds of honey for the first pull in July. Sadly, the public won’t get a chance to sample the citrusy honey, as most will be used in the kitchen or as gifts. The bees will also help with pollination of the nearby First Garden.
Charlie looks good, but FLOTUS would look GREAT in this getup (Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
July 17, 2009
Unlike our former president, POTUS takes pleasure in kicking back with the occasional hoppy brew. Politico (slow news day?) outlined Obama’s drinking preferences and habits, which include “beer, wine, martinis, sparkling wine, margaritas.” He famously downed a beer at February’s Chicago Bulls-Washington Wizards game, to some people’s chagrin (BoL recommendation: listen to one lady’s rant regarding Obama’s beverage choice).
CHUG CHUG CHUG CHUG CHUG!!! (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert )
Generally, though, the President stays away from the hootch at White House events. That hasn’t stopped entreprenuerial beer types from giving POTUS a nod with specially created Obama beers, including Hop Obama. As the creators at Six Point Ales explained, this beer was “fused from an incredibly diverse background, the flavors are individually unique by gaining their solidarity from their invisibility.” We’ll drink to that!
Now that's a real man of genius!
July 15, 2009
In keeping with tradition, POTUS threw out the first pitch at Tuesday’s All-Star Game. His White Sox jacket elicited boos from the crowd (Obama later said, “My wife thinks I look cute in this jacket.”), but he remained undeterred. Sadly, his practice pitches in the Rose Garden with Reggie Love didn’t pay off, and POTUS’ pitch didn’t quite clear the plate. Luckily, Red Sox Albert Pujols caught the ball before it hit the dirt. (This may be Obama’s only failure relative to Bush, whose pitch made it across. BoL still loves you.)