White House Goes Orange

October 31, 2009
The White House turned orange today for 2,6oo trick-or-treaters. And looked almost as scary as it did when the Bush’s and Cheney’s ran the place! POTUS, FLOTUS and FGOTUS (First Grandmother) Marian Robinson handed out treats on the front steps to area school children and later joined families of military and White House staffers inside for a presidential Boo house of sorts. The treats included M&Ms (with POTUS’ signature on them), a sweet dough butter cookie from the White House pastry chef, and  a bag of dried fruit (including cherries, apricots, pears, apples and papayas).
 
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The White House hasn't been this scary since Dick Cheney was here! (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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Did these skeleton's come from Clinton's closet? (Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)

As for costumes, FLOTUS was dressed as a cat woman and POTUS was well, a middle-aged parent. Commenting on the kids in costume, POTUS said, “They’re adorable, as is, by the way, my wife — a very nice-looking Cat Woman.” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dressed as Darth Vader, with son Ethan; and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, dressed as Goofy. The Obama girls (Sasha and Malia) were at the party and apparently flew under cover because no one reported a sighting of the girls in costume! Well done!

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She's no cougar! Definitely a purrrrrrrty kitty! (Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

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"It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark...Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart" (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ethan, Robert Gibbs IS YOUR FATHER. (Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)


FGOTUS–First Gardener of the United States

October 30, 2009

Our FLOTUS (dubbed FGOTUS for the day) has outdone the average home gardener with the White House First Garden.   The First Lady invited local DC school children to help her with the fall harvest yesterday, and surprised everyone with the math behind the cost of said garden.  Michelle asked the students how much they thought it cost to start the famous garden, and their guesses ranged from $300-$6000.  In truth, FGOTUS told the crowd that for merely $150 for soil and $55 for seeds, the White House Garden has produced anywhere from 740 lbs to 963 lbs of vegetables, most of which either goes to the White House kitchen or Miriam’s Kitchen.  Students carted away over 240 lbs of veggies yesterday, including carrots, sweet potatoes, lettuce, and fennel.  Now’s that’s a green thumb!

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Behold--the world's LARGEST tuber! (Photo from Huffington Post)


Michelle & Jill Hit the Empire State

October 28, 2009

Jay-Z and Alicia Key’s performance at Game 1 of the World Series  was postponed — due to a little rain. But that didn’t stop FLOTUS and VICE FLOTUS (Dr. Jill Biden) from making an appearance. The glamorous duo, decked out in World Series gear, escorted Yankees legend Yogi Berra out on to the field at Yankee Stadium as part of pre-game ceremonies paying tribute to  veterans. The game highlighted the work of welcomebackveterans.org, an organization that awards grants to non-profits that target veterans’ needs.

Before leaving the field,  Yankees captain and resident hunk — Derek Jeter —  greeted them both with a kiss. He better watch out, because nobody messes with with JOE! 

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Okay...how about first base? It will take Joe Biden 4 hours on Amtrak to get here. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

As for Jay-Z and Alicia Keys — they will perform their song Empire State of Mind at Game 2:


Round of Horse, POTUS?

October 26, 2009

The alleged fraternal order at the White House has DC abuzz since POTUS’ Congressional basketball game.  I guess appointing more women Cabinet/Cabinet level positions in his first year than any other president is just not enough. Nor is being surrounded by strong intelligent women both professionally and personally. Yesterday, Melody Barnes, Obama’s chief domestic policy adviser, joined POTUS on the green (that’s golf).  But keep an eye out for Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — she may be the first woman to serve POTUS on the basketball court. Check out her smack talking on Leno:


Picture Perfect

October 24, 2009
There is no doubt about it — that the first family is one photogenic bunch! On Friday, the White House released the official First Family Photo — taken by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz in the Green Room of the White House. What can you say, aside from “where is BO?” There is absolutely no way this photo will end up on the Awkward Family Photos Blog (which will provide you with hours of entertainment)!!
We got style, we got grace!  (Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office)

Do you know how hard it is to be SO ridiculously good looking? (Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office)


FLOTUS’ Hoop Skillz!

October 23, 2009

We all know about the Baller-in-Cheif,  but on Wendesday,  Flotus strutted her playground skills while hosting the Healthy Kids Fair at the White House. In addition to promoting her program to improve children’s health through exercise and healthy eating, she played doubleDutch, hula-hooped (142 times), tried to walk on a tightrope, and ran an obstacle course! Without question, she is the coolest FLOTUS EVER! 

And while she promoted healthy eating — she also shamelessly admitted her love for french fries. She is human after all!

This lass is pure class - exhibiting nice posture even while running! (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

This lass is pure class - exhibiting nice posture even while running! (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Look at the total glee! and p.s. I bet she can dunk! (REUTERS/Larry Downing )

Look at the total glee! and p.s. I bet she can dunk! (REUTERS/Larry Downing )

Watch all the action here:


Bo and I are surrounded!

October 22, 2009

Our POTUS granted an interview with NBC yesterday, and spoke at length about the role of women and the sacrifices they must make.  He talked about Michelle, in particular, balancing work and family, and how he had to work through his “obtuseness” regarding the relative burdens of having a family, especially in a household full of women.   *Sigh*  If only all men were so introspective!

As the interview points out, Obama won the female vote during the presidential election, and one of this first acts as president was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act

Did Nancy note get the "women wear red" memo? (AP/Ron Edmonds)

Did Nancy not get the "women wear red" memo? (AP/Ron Edmonds)

POTUS defended himself against accusations about his recent “sexist” all-men basketball game, responding, “I think this is bunk.”

"Fine, I'll invite Hillary to play next time." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

"Fine, I'll invite Hillary to play next time." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)