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.)
November 1, 2009
We at BOL couldn’t get enough of the Obamas and Halloween! Last year at this time, the country was in the midst of a heated Presidential election. This year, we can take solace in our new POTUS and enjoy the holidays in peace. Turns out, though, all that drama caused some serious creativity, especially when it comes to punkins!
What you lookin' at? (Getty Images)
The resemblance is eerie! (Courtesy of Yes We Carve.com)
But, Halloween doesn’t just bring Obama-inspired pumpkins. Don’t forget that you, too, can be POTUS for a day! Important note for those of you looking for a last minute costume in 363 days!
Which of POTUS' cabinet will sport this next year? (Courtesy of zimbio.com)
Yikes! Even the ever-loving BoL is scared of this mask! (Courtesy of Walyou.com)
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).
The White House hasn't been this scary since Dick Cheney was here! (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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!
She's no cougar! Definitely a purrrrrrrty kitty! (Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)
"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)
Ethan, Robert Gibbs IS YOUR FATHER. (Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)
October 15, 2009
Obama celebrated Diwali yesterday, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Although Bush started this White House tradition, Obama is the first prez to attend the actual ceremony, which involved lighting an oil lamp. Guests each received a small box of sweets blessed by the priest. POTUS also signed an executive order that restarted an Advisory Commission and White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Maybe this is call for Part II of My Name is Khan? BoL’s big question–where was Kal Penn through all this?
George Washington approves this message! (Getty Images)
What does the sole yellow box hold? (Getty Images)
Here’s a video of the festivities (begins with a Penn Masala a cappella performance; Obama arrives at 5:06, and the Diwali celebration begins at 13:40).
It's marginally related to this post, but too good to pass up, yaar! (TOI Photo/Neelam)
August 18, 2009
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.
"Not even my cabinet members are this punctual!" (Photo by AP/Alex Brandon)
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?
"I remember it being bigger." (Photo by AP/Alex Brandon)
July 5, 2009
The Obamas threw a Fourth of July party that rivaled the best backyard bbq. The celebration honored US servicemen and women with a variety of traditional Independence Day eats (burgers, icecream, watermelon, etc), not to mention performances by Michelle Branch, Foo Fighters, and Jimmy Fallon (all of which was streamed live from whitehouse.gov).
This couple still has that special spark! (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
Kids had access to games, face painting, and balloon art. A few former presidents even made an appearance.
"In four score and seven years, I haven't seen a party this great!" (BoL personal file photo)
Where's the balloon version of Bo? (BoL personal file photo)
Obama’s address to his guests, he said “When she was young, I used to say that all these fireworks were for her. I’m not sure she buys that.”
"No, really, honey, these fireworks are just for you." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Foo Fighters had been on hiatus for a few months previous to the show, and gave the guests a preview of material for their new album.
For more of the Foo Fighters’ performance, see here and here.