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)


First Jock of the United States

September 30, 2009

Obama is fast proving to be quite the Renaissance Man when it comes to physical activity.  Not only is he joining his lovely wife in Copenhagen to lobby for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Chicago,  athletics is a big White House theme.  From the honors he gives to the guests he hosts to how he spends his free time, could our POTUS be dubbed FJOTUS (First Jock of the United States)?

Obama is signing the Arnold Palmer Gold Medal Act today.  While such an honor is nothing new for Palmer (he received the National Sports Award from Clinton and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bush), he can certainly talk shop with Obama, a golf-lover in his own right.

Even Presidents must groin stretch every now and then (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Even Presidents have to stretch their groins every now and then (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 To emphasize his love of the Olympics, POTUS engaged in a little sparring at the White House.  His masterful weilding of a lightsaber warranted respect even from Olympic fencers.

HELLO!  You killed my father--prepare to die! (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

HELLO! You killed my father--prepare to die! (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Hezbollah High Five! (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Hezbollah High Five! (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama even honored the “sport” of NASCAR by inviting Jimmie Johnson, 2008 winner of the Sprint Cup, to the White House last month.


Whatever Lula wants, Lula gets

July 9, 2009

The Obama family has been in L’Aguila, Italy for the G8 Summit.  As is usual, POTUS continues to receive awesome gifts from various international leaders. Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (aka Lula) presented Obama with an authentic soccer jersey, numbered 5. 

Obama expresses his sadness at the US's loss (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Obama expresses his sadness at the US's loss (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Lula took this an an added opportunity to needle Obama about America’s recent 3-2 loss to Brazil, after an awesome 2-0 lead.    Obama retorted, “next time we won’t give up a 2-to-nothing lead.” White House Press Secretary Gibbs said that he “could sense some relief on the Brazilian president’s part that he wasn’t meeting with the President of the United States having lost to him in soccer.”


Oh no she didn’t!

July 1, 2009

In a surprisingly enjoyable interview with Runner’s World, everyone’s favorite Tina Fey doppelganger talked about her love of running, the importance it plays for both her health and mental health, and the hazards of running amongst moose and bears.  Towards the end of the interview, the Barracuda went so far as to challenge our beloved POTUS to a good old fashioned footrace.  Will Barry be up to the challenge?  Palin’s sub-four hour marathon is nothing to scoff at…  Sadly, BoL could find no proof of said running habit.  Is this one race Palin could actually win?

"You betcha I can see Russia from my running route!" (Photo by Brian Adams)

"You betcha I can see Russia from my running route!" (Photo by Brian Adams)

Our president, I’m told, is a runner. Would you ever run with him?
I would, absolutely. I would and people have asked if I’d ever challenge him to one-on-one because we both love basketball. But look, he towers over me and I wouldn’t be complaining about an unfair advantage there, but maybe I’d do better playing H-O-R-S-E with him than one-on-one.

What about in a race? Could you beat the president?
I betcha I’d have more endurance. My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four marathon. It wasn’t necessarily a good running time, but it proves I have the endurance within me to at least gut it out and that is something. If you ever talk to my old coaches, they’d tell you, too. What I lacked in physical strength or skill I made up for in determination and endurance. So if it were a long race that required a lot of endurance, I’d win.

Think Sarah owns this tee?

Think Sarah owns this tee?


Barack’s Left Cover Drive (it’s Cricket, people)

May 17, 2009

Is Obama going to be the new Oprah — when it comes to book sales? In a recent interview, Obama mentioned that he’s reading the book Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. The book, which is already showing a double digit increase in sales,  is about a dutch financial analyst who rediscovers his love of cricket post 9/11.

Of course, the PREZ was being modest when he stated that he knew nothing about cricket. During the Fifth Summit of the America’s, the PREZ  got first class batting lessons from cricket superstar Brian Lara.  According to reports, the PREZ is the first US President to attempt a left handed cover drive. As gracious as ever, when meeting Brian Lara, Obama stated, “I’ve always wanted to meet the Michael Jordan of Cricket!” If I were Brian Lara, I would have swooned and gone into cardiac arrest.

Exhibiting Perfect Stance (photo: Pete Souza/Official White House Photographer)

Exhibiting Perfect Stance (photo: Pete Souza/Official White House Photographer)