The Breakfast Club

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.)


Twos a crowd

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)


Asian Invasian!

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)


Ch(I)na just called to say I love you

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)


Can you tell FLOTUS how to get to Sesame Street?

November 12, 2009

The First Lady didn’t need directions since she celebrated Sesame Street’s 40th birthday this week, joining the ranks of other First Ladies  who’ve visited the famous address including Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush.  The segment, taped in May, focused on gardening and healthy eating.  FLOTUS talked with Elmo and other Sesame Street children, not to mention Big Bird, who exclaimed that he and Michelle must be related, since they’re both tall and eat seeds.  At nearly 76 years and strong, Big Bird’s puppeteer Caroll Spinney must be doing something right! 

Even Fruit Cookie Monster has been jumping on the health-bandwagon:


365 days of POTUS-love and counting

November 4, 2009

BoL thought it appropriate to celebrate the anniversary of the night that made Barack of Love possible.  That’s right–today marks 1 year since that amazing, fateful night when we heard that Barack Obama would be our future POTUS, and what a night it was!  Just thinking about the excitement of that day brings a tear to BoL’s eye..

The White House flickr site has some beautiful pictures from behind the scenes. Here are some of our favorite election night moments:

20081104_Chicago_IL_ElectionNight1258 by Barack Obama.

The suspense is killing me! (David Katz/Obama for America)

The Obamas on Election Night

Students swing into party mode in Sydney, Australia.

Even Aussies love him! (Rob Griffith/AP Photo)

Washington Obama celebrations
Rev. Jesse Jackson reacts after projections show that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will be elected to serve as the next President of the United States of America during an election night gathering in Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama defeated Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by a wide margin in the election to become the first African-American U.S. President elect.

Jesse Jackson's face says it all (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 Obama’s moving acceptance speech…


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)