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!
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!
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!
As for Jay-Z and Alicia Keys — they will perform their song Empire State of Mind at Game 2:
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:
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 double–Dutch, 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!
Watch all the action here:
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.
POTUS defended himself against accusations about his recent “sexist” all-men basketball game, responding, “I think this is bunk.”
An otherwise ordinary meal of grilled cheese and tater tots turned into one of the most coveted power lunches for students at Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring when they got a surprise visit from POTUS himself! According to the WaPo, “students shook with excitement and some started crying at the sight of their famous guest.” Apparently he was on his way home from parent-teacher conferences at Sidwell Friends School where his two daughers are enrolled.
The President spent most of his 30 minute visit shaking hands and talking about what they’ve been reading. He also put in a plug for the Harry Potter books (which he read with daughter Malia) and for the book and the movie “Where the Wild Things Are” (which happens to be POTUS’ favorite book while growing up).
Cutest quote award goes to a little girl named Maya — who said that “this is the best day of my life …. in school.”
Here’s a BoL extra — POTUS reading “Where the Wild Things Are” at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll:
Obama made his first visit as The Man to New Orleans yesterday, in order to view the progress (or lack thereof) that’s been made in rebuilding the area since Katrina. During a town hall meeting, where our POTUS received some tough questions about the slow rebuilding process, Obama fielded a question from fourth grader Terrence Scott. Simply put, he asked “Why do people hate you? They’re supposed to love you.” The audience loved it, POTUS loved it, and so did BoL! Click here for Obama’s relatively perfect answer. I hope this clip isn’t making Obama’s homeboy jealous!