December 22, 2009
Obama spread a little holiday cheer with a visit to the Boys and Girls Club in northeast DC, where he read “The Polar Express” and shared a basket of cookies with the kids. He also took the opportunity to chat about the meaning of Christmas. Although the cookies don’t exactly fall in line with FLOTUS’ children’s nutrition work, can you blame POTUS for handing out Bo-shaped cookies?
I was up baking these all night! (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Obama expressed surprised at the technologically advanced gifts the kids were hoping for. His response to hopes for Playstations and cell phones? “Whatever happened to like, asking for a bike?”
December 17, 2009
Apparently, being ignorant of White House tour policies (none on national holidays) or failing to check your calendar can get you everywhere. Such was the case for the Dardens of Hogansville, GA. The couple mistakenly arrived a day early for their White House tour (on Veterans Day), and ended up having breakfast with POTUS and FLOTUS!
Breakfast Crashers? I think not! (Robin Nelson)
Since they already had tour-required security clearance, the Secret Service allowed the couple to join a breakfast hosted by the First Couple for veterans (of which Mr. Darden is, incidentally). The Dardens were so surprised by their good luck that they didn’t breathe a word about the First Breakfast until well after it happened (which was smart considering the soon-to-follow Salahi debacle).
Mr. Darden’s final thought on the meal? “I felt kind of funny because I was the only man in the room that wasn’t dressed in a coat and tie.”
You think this was on the menu? (AirBed & Breakfast, Inc.)
December 15, 2009
Obama’s no grinch, that’s for sure! He’s playing Santa to more than just those bail-out recipients. Six-year old Jasmina Anema, who has leukemia, was scheduled to meet the Prez over Thanksgiving, but fell ill and had to be admitted to Children’s National Medical Center. She wouldn’t be deterred, though, and made it back to the White House to lay claim to her Make-A-Wish Foundation wish–to meet our POTUS.
Her visit couldn’t have gone better, either. Obama chatted her up about books and reading while holding Jasmina’s IV bag, and didn’t let her leave without a box of presidentially sealed M&Ms, a yoyo (old school!), and a big hug with the promise, “You can write me any time. I’ll get it.”
What did Jasmina tell Obama she wants for Christmas? A violin.
I really wanted to play with Bo, but I guess meeting you is okay, too. (White House Photo, Pete Souza)
December 3, 2009
Poor POTUS can’t catch a break. The Salahis crashed his very successful first State Dinner with Dr. Manmohan Singh, and all Google searches of Obama’s name soon thereafter almost exclusively yielded stories about the “Dinner Crashers.”
Now, Obama’s name and his predilection for golf will be further inadvertantly “sullied” by the upcoming cover of Golf Digest, in which editors photoshopped Tiger Woods and the First Golfer onto the cover together. The article’s title? “10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger.” Ouch.
I'll take your golf tips, but keep the marriage advice to yourself! (Golf Digest)
November 26, 2009
As the country gears up to celebrate Thanksgiving, Obama followed a tradition started by George Bush in 1989–that of pardoning a turkey. Courage was this year’s lucky fowl, and Sasha and Malia helped with the pardon. One may ask–what does a POTUS-pardoned turkey do after Thanksgiving? Go to Disney World, of course! After Courage serves as grand marshal at the Disney parade, he’ll spend the rest of his days there in safety and solitude.
Can we keep him, Dad? I'm sure Bo wouldn't mind! (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Later in the day, the entire First Family traveled to Martha’s Table, an organization serving DC’s neediest, to volunteer for an hour handing out pies, stuffing, fresh veggies, and turkeys (not all gobblers were so lucky this season!). The Obamas were joined by FLOTUS’ mother Marian Robinson and POTUS’ sister and brother-in-law Maya and Konrad Ng. What a family–going from a gala dinner to serving food to those in need!
Packaged biscuits? What would the Pilgrims think? (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
As for Thanksgiving dinner, the White House has been mum on plans. Maybe they’ll have leftovers from yesterday’s State Dinner?
November 25, 2009
Last night’s event can’t be considered anything less than success for POTUS’ first State Dinner! This much glamour hasn’t hit DC since…the inaugural balls?
The invitation list
was a veritable who’s-who of South Asian A-listers, including Deepak Chopra, Bobby Jindal, Kalpen Modi, Sanjay Gupta, Jhumpa Lahiri, Amartya Sen, Fareed Zakaria, and M Night Shyamalan. Other guests included Colin Powell, Katie Couric, Steven Spielberg, Alfre Woodard, and Blair Underwood. In addition to Jennifer Hudson’s vocal stylings, AR Rahman, Oscar winner for the “Slumdog Millionaire” score, also provided entertainment.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Hands down, FLOTUS! (Kamm/Getty Images)
FLOTUS donned a gorgeous dress by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan. The dress apparently took 40 people three weeks to custom create for the First Lady.
Is this the Oscars or the State Dinner? (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Is Katie wearing a sari??? (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
Kalpen really pulled a "Kumar" here--did someone not get the "black tie" memo? (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
We know who was there, but what did they eat? Guest chef Marcus Samuellson prepared a mostly vegetarian meal, and used
arugula, pineapple sage, fresh dill, oregano and thyme from the White House Garden. Guests had their choice
of roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney, chick peas and okra or green curry prawns and caramelized salsify with smoked collard greens and coconut aged basmati for the main course, not to mention a bevy of dessert options. Yum!
Beautiful! (Mandal Ngan, AFP, Getty Images)
Wow, that's TEMPORARY? (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
November 24, 2009
As the White House prepares for POTUS’ first State Dinner, it’s not international relations with India and guest of honor Dr. Manmohan Singh that are of utmost concern. The media is abuzz about who will show up and what FLOTUS is gonna wear: Will she sport a new hairdo? Show off her blazing guns? Looks like the First Lady has always been a fashion plate, even as a wee lass at her 1984 senior prom.
Va va voom! FLOTUS is scandalous with that thigh high slit! (Splash News)
Word on the street is that Jennifer Hudson will provide some American Idol-style entertainment at the gala event. Other rumored guests: Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bobby Jindal, and Kal Penn. BoL can’t wait to see who else will grace the “red carpet” tonight!
Be sure to catch the live streaming of the State Dinner tonight at 8:15 pm.
November 23, 2009
The Obamas are getting ready to host their first State Dinner Tuesday night, and all the A-listers have been clamoring for an invite. While the formal guest of honor is Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, we all know people are hungry to rub shoulders with POTUS and FLOTUS!
That ain't no REI tent! (Reuters Pictures)
Because the White House doesn’t have space to accomodate the huge dinner (400 guests!), an enormous tent is being erected in the South Lawn. The White House has been discrete about the invitation list, so BoL figures our invitation was lost in the mail. Rumor is that Kalpenn Modi (better known as Kal Penn or Kumar), resident White House desi, received an invitation–maybe so Singh doesn’t feel lonely?
Kumar is in the House! (White House Photographer Pete Souza)
The dinner is so fancy that the White House invited guest chef Marcus Samuelsson of New York’s Scandinavian restaurant Aquavite to prepare the meal. While the menu is undisclosed, we know one thing–Dr. Singh is vegetarian, so Samuelsson’s specialty below better not be the only option!
November 18, 2009
POTUS finished his trip to China with visit the Great Wall. Notwithstanding the frigid temps (Obama exclaimed he wasn’t aware China got as cold as Chicago), the President squeezed in a half hour tour of this World Heritage site.
Can't believe I had to travel all the way to China for some peace and quiet! (EPA)
Obama also met very briefly with his step-brother Mark Ndesandjo, who was still “over the moon” about the mini-reunion. Apparently, the brothers haven’t seen each other since POTUS’ inauguration, but Obama got to meet Ndesandjo’s new wife and catch up on family chit chat.
We just hope Obama was able to pick up a pair of these awesome kicks before heading to South Korea.
These would be perfect for dunking on Reggie Love! (AFP Getty)
November 17, 2009
So, what does the leader of the Free World do on his first trip to China? Eat and see the sites, of course! POTUS was honored with a state dinner reception at the famous Great Hall of the People in Beijing, replete with a multi-course meal, peafowl, and the Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army. The somewhat odd musical choices included performances of Wonderful Night, I Just Called to Say I Love You, and In the Mood. What happened to some good old fashioned Chinese opera?
Szechuan peacock with noodles, anyone? (AP Photo)
Obama also checked out the sites, including the Forbidden City.
For a Forbidden City, there sure are a lot of people here! (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Of course, the Oba-mao shirt isn’t the only product coming onto the Chinese market. It could be hairy deciding what to come home with…
This replica is made entirely of human hair. You decide: creative, creepy, or just plain gross? (Jason Lee/Reuters)