The First Family apparently isn’t letting a piddly security breach stop them from rooting against the home team. The entire First Family cheered for Oregon State this weekend in their basketball game against GW. Why did they traitorously root against the home team? Because FLOTUS’ bro, Craig Robinson, is the coach, of course! All that presidential cheering must’ve worked–Oregon State beat GW 3-2. Maybe Obama and co. should start cheering for the Redskins…
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.
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!
As for Thanksgiving dinner, the White House has been mum on plans. Maybe they’ll have leftovers from yesterday’s State Dinner?
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:
The White House hosted “Fiesta Latina” last night, and were joined by the likes of Gloria Estefan, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Eva Longoria Parker, George Lopez, and Jimmy Smits, among many others. The event was part of FLOTUS’ musical series.
Obama said a few words to the audience, then proceeded to bring the whole family up for some impromptu gettin’ jiggy. Obama showed marginally more skill than during his infamous Ellen visit. Could Sasha and Malia be grooming themselves for some tween “Dancing With the Stars?”
Our favorite first pet celebrated his first birthday yesterday (and certainly wasn’t overlooked by POTUS and family, despite all the excitement over the Nobel Peace Prize). Here are some of BOL’s favorite first dog moments!
President Obama said he was “surprised and deeply humbled” by the Nobel Committee’s decision to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. But of course, he’s keeping things in perspective.
According to the Huffington Post, POTUS said that after he received the news, [his] “daughter Malia walked in and said, ‘Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday.’ And then Sasha added, `Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up.’ So it’s — it’s good to have kids to keep things in perspective.” Just another day in the White House!
The Obama family visited some classic hotspots on their four-day trip out West, including Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. POTUS was hosting a series of town hall meetings focused on health care reform, and took this as an opportunity to check out some Americana natural wonders. This wasn’t Obama’s first visit though–he hit some of the same spots on a family trip at the tender age of 11.
Although this wasn’t as eventful as “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” Obama did bust out some Clark Griswoldesque sayings. While watching Old Faithful erupt right on time, Obama commented to his daughters, “Oh, that’s pretty good. Cool. Look at that. That’s a geyser there.”
Obama was stumped at fly fishing, while Robert Gibbs and White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, a Montana native, each caught a few rainbow trout.
At the Grand Canyon, Malia did her parents proud by correctly classifying certain rocks; POTUS was not so successful. When Obama identified some rocks as sedimentary and as fossils, the poor park ranger hesitated “I don’t think so. Well … maybe.” Turns out, the rocks were not sedimentary. Good thing he has a day job, although is this a hint of things to come for Malia?
BoL’s love of our POTUS is such that we want to relive every moment of his presidential splendor. That includes the glory of inauguration, via Legos. You heard us, Legos. In honor of Obama’s inauguration, Legoland depicted the grand event in astonishing detail, using just Legos and some imagination. (Note: each picture links to a slideshow with more photos from Legoland.)
After the inauguration, Legoland even went through the trouble of amending the outfits to better match what Michelle, Aretha, and others wore. Sadly, the amazing display was taken down after Memorial Day.