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)

BOO-bama!

"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! 

Is he here?

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)


Power (School) Lunch!

October 20, 2009

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.”

Okay folks, who wants to trade a bologna & cheese and a fruit roll up for a grilled cheese and some tots? (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Okay folks, who wants to trade a bologna & cheese and a fruit roll up for a grilled cheese and some tots? (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

You guys got thoughts on the run-off election in Afghanistan? (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

You guys got thoughts on the run-off election in Afghanistan? (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

 Here’s a BoL extra — POTUS reading “Where the Wild Things Are” at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll:


What a doll!

October 19, 2009

Jailbreak Toys recently announced their new line of Michelle dolls, which add to their already burgeoning line of POTUS dolls.  For a mere $12.99, you too can have one of these three “life-like” renditions of our FLOTUS.   In US Weekly tradition, who did it best?

The likeness is...surreal? (Jailbreak Toys)

Where are Michelle's guns? (Jailbreak Toys)

Michelle did it best! (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Michelle did it best! (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

The infamous Election Night dress (Jailbreak Toys)

The infamous Election Night dress (Jailbreak Toys)

We love ya, FLOTUS, but the doll may pull this dress off better (Getty Images)

We love ya, FLOTUS, but the doll gets our vote (Getty Images)

Michelle's appearance on The View in this dress was a fashion do! (Jailbreak Toys)

Michelle's appearance on The View in this dress was a fashion do! (Jailbreak Toys)

Michelle did it best! (Steve Fenn/ABC)

Michelle did it best! (Steve Fenn/ABC)


POTUS, why do people hate you?

October 16, 2009

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!

Thank god that missing UFO kid is taking the pressure off healthcare! (Photo by NGan/Getty)

Thank god that missing UFO kid is taking the pressure off! (Photo by NGan/Getty)