Update: the Obamas weren’t enough…

October 2, 2009

The IOC has apparently dismissed Chicago and Tokyo as possible hosts for the 2016 Summer Games.  Now, the race remains between Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

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The REAL Power Couple

October 2, 2009

Copenhagen got hit by a serious one-two “O” punch–Oprah and Michelle O, that is–as they bid for Chicago as host for the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

Work it, girl! (AP Photo)

Work it, girl! (AP Photo)

With the vote happening this afternoon, Michelle and Oprah both arrived in Copenhagen Wednesday, ready to spend some serious time wooing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and meeting various Olympic athletes.

Furtive whisper heard: "It's in the bag, honey" (AFP/Getty photo by Matt Dunham)

Furtive whisper heard: "It's in the bag, honey" (AFP/Getty photo by Matt Dunham)

It wasn’t all work and no play, though.  Ladies O made sure they had some glam time at the Opening Ceremony, held at the Copenhagen Opera House.

Pay attention, ladies! (Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

Pay attention, ladies! (Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

Where was our POTUS through all this?  Never fear, Obama joined his beloved yesterday, and they addressed the committee together.  Obama was the last of the Chicago team to speak, and is the first sitting president to ever address the IOC.  Those other cities don’t have a chance!

"Our dedication is clear.  Michelle here is dressed like a gold medal."  (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

"Our dedication is clear. Michelle here is dressed like a gold medal." (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

Since the committee members are not allowed to visit the potential host cities, such visits make a huge difference.  Members were impressed by more than just the Power Os; Chicago explained plans to convert the temporary Olympic stadium seats into wheelchairs.  Nice!


Pittsburgh is more than just ketchup!

September 28, 2009

A few months back, The Economist honored Pittsburgh as America’s “most livable city.”  But was the City of Bridges up to the challenge of hosting the G20?  You betcha!

The Obamas kicked things off with a reception at the Phipps Conservatory, followed by a spouses-only dinner held at Tereasa Heinz’s Rosemont Farm.   

"Does my breath smell okay?" (Photo by David Karp)

"Does my breath smell okay?" (Photo by David Karp)

"Don't pretend you can't hear me, Manmohan!" (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
“Don’t pretend you can’t hear me, Manmohan!” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

While Obama and his counterparts got down to business, Michelle took the spouses on an art tour of sorts, which included the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School and the Andy Warhol Museum

"That Warhol was trippy! "(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

"That Warhol was a trippy one! "(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


Miss Manners would approve

September 28, 2009
FLOTUS welcomed her fellow G20 spouses with a special keepsake by gifting each of the First Ladies with a porcelain tea set, White House honey (from the First Bee Hive, no less!) and a honey vase.
How much would this go for on Ebay? (White House photo)

How much would this go for on Ebay? (White House photo)

According to the White House, platinum symbolizes Pittsburgh’s steel industry roots, and the porcelain is made by an Illinois family business. The three-flower bouquet in the saucer consists of a purple violet (IL state flower), a mountain laurel (PA state flower), and a rose (national flower). P/FLOTUS are learning!

"I am so FREAKING tall." Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images North America)

"I am so FREAKING tall." (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images North America)


Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood

September 18, 2009

Apparently a private vegetable garden isn’t enough for the Obama family.  Their need for vitamins A to zinc drew the First Lady to the newly established FRESHFARM Market on Vermont Avenue “by the White House.”  Only a week ago, our FLOTUS reportedly submitted a request to the city for the appropriate road closures, etc.  Usually, such a request takes months/years to be okayed.  Not the case here!

FLOTUS addressed the 300-person crowd, saying “I’ve never seen so many people excited about fruits and vegetables. Yay for vegetables!!!”

"I'm so excited about vegetables THAT I CAN'T CONTAIN MYSELF!!!" (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

"I'm so excited about vegetables THAT I CAN'T CONTAIN MYSELF!!!" (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

What did the First Lady purchase, you ask?  For a total of $28, she bought: a wheel of organic Camembert, chocolate milk, eggs, Tuscan kale, cherry tomatoes, Asian pears, “patriotic” potatoes (red, blue and German butterball), and hot peppers.

The Cheese Whisperer (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

The Cheese Whisperer (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

At one point, a fellow produce-junkie chided, “Don’t forget the brussel sprouts!,” to which Mrs. Obama replied “I don’t know if the president likes brussel sprouts.”

"Dont forget the brussel sprouts!" (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)
“Don’t forget the brussel sprouts!” (flanked by Sam Kass, White House Chef, and Adrian Fenty, DC Mayor) (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

When will FLOTUS start hawking the White House Garden wares?


FLOTUS Arm Wrestles for Olympic Torch

September 15, 2009

Chicago’s favorite denizen is heading to Copenhagen in hopes of sweet talking folks before the Olympic Committee votes on whether Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro will play host for the 2016 Summer Games.  Michelle will have some competition though; the King of Spain, Brazil’s President and the Japanese royal family are plannning to do their own schmoozing of the committee.  

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BoL is hoping our FLOTUS will flex a little muscle while in Copenhagen, especially in light of the renewed attention to her glorious biceps.  Women’s Health magazine recently interviewed Michelle’s trainer, Cornell McClellan, about how Michelle stays fit.  According to the article, the First Lady “might do one set of 15 to 20 reps each of lunges, bench presses, hip raises, and rows, all without resting–and with short bouts of intense cardio mixed in. …The workouts also feature rope-jumping, kickboxing, and body-weight calisthenics.”  Phew!  BoL is tired from just cutting and pasting that list of activities. 

Got tickets to the gun show? (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Got tickets to the gun show? (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Brains and Brawn?  What a gal!  (Photo by Getty Images)

Brains and Brawn? What a gal! (Photo by Getty Images)

Ignoring David Brooks’ snarky (jealous?) comment about Michelle putting away “Thunder and Lightning”, who better to advocate on behalf of Chicago’s Olympic dreams?


Isn’t she lovely?

August 6, 2009

Vanity Fair totally jumped on the lovefest bandwagon and included our FLOTUS on their 2009 Best Dressed List.  BoL totally concurs!

Smokin'! (From U.P.I. Photo/Landov)

Smokin'! (From U.P.I. Photo/Landov)

VF included the following info on the First Lady:

Residences: Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Occupation: First Lady of the United States. Age: 45. Notable Ensembles of 2009: Inauguration wardrobe; black Moschino organza top, skirt, and silk veil worn when meeting Pope Benedict XVI. Favorite Boutique: Ikram, in Chicago. Signature Wardrobe Item: Cardigan sweaters. Jewelry: Double-strand pearls. Shoe Designers: Jimmy Choo, Puma, Lanvin. Favorite Bargain-Hunting Locale: J. Crew. Causes: Education, health, and veterans’ affairs.  They somehow forgot to add “Favorite Blog: Barack of Love.”

It's only a matter of time until FLOTUS hits the "Hall of Fame" (Courtesy of Vanity Fair)

It's only a matter of time until FLOTUS becomes a Hall of Famer (Courtesy of Vanity Fair)