Obama loves Benny Beaver

November 30, 2009

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

Just whisper your secret to health care reform...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Come on! Robinson's DON'T LOSE!!! (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Maybe Craig can give his bro-in-law a few tips on the art of dunking. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Gobble Gobble, Mr President!

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?


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)


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:


The First Family gets their salsa on

October 14, 2009

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.

Button up, Marc.  There are children here! (2009 Saul Loeb/Getty Images)
Button up, Marc. There are children here! (2009 Saul Loeb/Getty Images)
The rhythm is gonna get you! (Getty Images/Pool/Getty Images)

The rhythm is gonna get you! (Getty Images/Pool/Getty Images)

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?”

PBS will air the entire performance Oct 15 at 8 pm est.  Bailamos!

Happy Bo-day!

October 10, 2009

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!

Wanna be my running mate for 2012? (Courtesy of White House Photographer Pete Souza)

Wanna be my running mate for 2012? (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Joe Biden's got nothing on you Bo! (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Joe Biden's got nothing on you Bo! (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

You LIE, Bo! (photo from REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

You LIE, Bo! (photo from REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

Mr. President, I, too have some thoughts on healthcare. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Mr. President, I, too have some thoughts on healthcare. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)