January 4, 2010
We always knew the Obamas were eatin’ good in the neighborhood, but we didn’t realize how good until last night’s special Iron Chef America, which pitted Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali against Bobby Flay and White House Chef Cristeta Comerford. The secret ingredient: anything from the White House Garden. The four chefs scavenged the garden for their pick of seasonal produce, then returned to the DC set of Kitchen Stadium to make good on Michelle’s challenge: create a meal that inspires Americans, and focuses on eating healthy and locally.
Fashion faux pas survey: To match your Crocs to the First Lady's dress? (AP Photo)
Team Flay and Comerford won handily with: a fennel and apple salad with oysters; Fresh garden salad with fried lobster and squid in carrot juice, sweet and sour eggplant with pine nuts and currants; Broccoli clam “chowder” with a hint of ginger; all American BBQ with pork, slaw, collard green tamale, cauliflower gratin and watermelon radish pickles; sweet potato tart with honey, topped with pecan brittle and ginger ice cream.
Isn't it considered cheating to smear caviar all over your dish? (Food Network)
This wasn’t Flay’s first interaction with the Obamas, though. Our POTUS got a little training in the art of grilling from the master…
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 7, 2009
The Kennedy Center was abuzz last night with yet another red carpet event–who needs LA when you’ve got the glitterati visiting DC every week? The Honors went to Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, Grace Bumbry, and Dave Brubeck. Attendees included everyone from Eddie Vedder to Nancy Pelosi to Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Of course, the First Couple were in attendance looking glam as ever. At the reception, Obama showed some respect, saying “On a day like this remember, I’m the president, but he’s the Boss.”
Lovely, as usual! (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst, US Politics Entertainment)
Hillary's in heaven--who wouldn't be when sandwiched between the Taxi Driver and the Boss! (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
Just remember who the REAL Boss is... (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
Even Wonder Woman made an appearance! (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
MODOC and FLODOC-Mayor and First Lady of the District of Columbia, of course! (Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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?