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  • How Will Michelle Obama Make Her Mark?

    10/25/2009 8:53:02 AM PDT · by Saije · 31 replies · 1,193+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 10/24/2009 | Allison Samuels
    Michelle Obama decided to go all in. Ever since her husband took office in January, the first lady has been cautious about the causes she embraced. But with her hometown of Chicago vying to host the 2016 Olympics, Michelle boarded a plane to Copenhagen last month to make a personal appeal. She brought along Oprah Winfrey, worked her sleeveless charm on the assembled dignitaries, and even lunched with the Queen of Denmark. Her efforts culminated in a passionate televised speech to the International Olympic -Committee—-perhaps her most high-profile advocacy ever. Then it all fell flat. Rio won the Olympic bid;...
  • The Magic of Michelle (Barf or LoL - take your pick)

    10/25/2009 8:37:09 AM PDT · by cartervt2k · 44 replies · 1,425+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/24/2009 | Charles Blow
    Forgive me in advance for fawning, but Michelle Obama is the coolest first lady ever. She clinched it for me this week by jumping double Dutch on the South Lawn as part of a “healthy kids fair.” The scene underscored my impression of the first lady as utterly unencumbered by convention. She seems to feel free — free enough to loosen up and laugh a little, free enough to let her inner child peek through the veil of parenthood, free enough to be herself. I couldn’t imagine recent first ladies jumping a puddle on the sidewalk, let alone two ropes...
  • US First Lady 'slave roots' found

    10/08/2009 3:58:21 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 37 replies · 1,569+ views
    BBC ^ | 8 October 2009 | staff reporter
    Research into the family of US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed that her great-great-great-grandmother was a slave given away at the age of six. According to genealogist Megan Smolenyak, the girl was described in papers only as "negro girl Melvinia". In her early teens, working as a slave on a farm in Georgia, she was made pregnant by an unknown white man. The son she gave birth to around the year 1859, Dolphus, was Michelle's great-great grandfather. Megan Smolenyak, whose discoveries have been detailed in the New York Times newspaper, said she was not surprised by what she discovered....
  • Hi-Ho, the Derry-O ... Michelle O goes shopping

    09/18/2009 6:11:54 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 141 replies · 6,573+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 18 sep 2009 | Dana Milbank
    Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do? Here's how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon: The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with...
  • Secret Behind First Lady Michelle Obama's Arms Finally Revealed

    09/08/2009 9:38:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies · 2,460+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 9/8/09 | Bill Hutchinson
    Michelle Obama's longtime trainer is breaking his silence, spilling the workout secrets that keep the First Lady fit for her favorite sleeveless outfits. "She's truly committed herself to the importance of health and fitness," Cornell McClellan tells Women's Health magazine. McClellan, who began training Obama in 1997, said her sculpted arms are mostly the result of tricep pushdowns and hammer curls. The trainer, who owns the Naturally Fit fitness center in Chicago, reveals the First Lady usually does an intense calorie-burning cardio workout. Once she gets the blood flowing and the muscles pumping, she tops it off with "arm-shaping supersets"...
  • First Lady Now Requires 26 Servants

    08/17/2009 10:07:03 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 94 replies · 5,869+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | 8/17/09 | Dr. Paul L. Williams
    Recession, Depression, What, Michelle Worry? Mrs. Obama Demands Small Army of Attendants “In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service,”— Michelle Obama. We were wrong. Michelle Obama, as we reported on July 7, is not served by twenty-two attendants who stand by to cater to her every whim. She is served by twenty-six attendants, including a hair dresser and make-up artist. The annual cost...
  • First Lady Receives High Marks From Laura Bush

    07/31/2009 12:39:10 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 42 replies · 1,649+ views
    KTVT11 ^ | 07/31/2009 | PAT EATON-ROBB
    Michelle Obama's performance as first lady is getting high marks from her predecessor, Laura Bush. Speaking to The Associated Press after a change of command ceremony for the USS Texas submarine in Connecticut, Bush says she's watched the current first lady from afar and is impressed.
  • French first lady to sing for Mandela (91st birthday concert)

    07/15/2009 12:35:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 796+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/15/09 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – Carla Bruni-Sarokzy will lead a glittering line-up of stars at a concert here to mark Nelson Mandela's birthday, in what will be her first public show since becoming France's first lady. Bruni-Sarkozy, a model-turned-musician, will perform for the first time in public since marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the concert at Radio City Music Hall in Madison Square Garden. The event, which also stars Stevie Wonder and soul queen Aretha Franklin, ends a week of celebrations for the 91st birthday of the former South African president.
  • First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants

    07/09/2009 6:19:43 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 98 replies · 2,966+ views
    First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants Dr. Paul L. Williams July 7, 2009 “In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service, “ Michelle Obama No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and...
  • A First Lady Who Demands Substance

    06/25/2009 11:46:25 AM PDT · by Neverforget01 · 68 replies · 1,861+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2009 | Lois Romano
    For weeks, Michelle Obama had been telling her staff and closest confidantes that she wasn't having the impact she wanted. She is a woman of substance, with a background in law, public policy and management, who found herself relegated to role model in chief. The West Wing of the White House -- the fulcrum of power and policy -- had not fully integrated her into its agenda. She wanted more. snipHer new chief of staff, Susan Sher, 61, is a close friend and former boss who the first lady thinks will be more forceful about getting her and her team...
  • Michelle the museum where she and Barack had their first date

    05/19/2009 4:16:01 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 45 replies · 1,060+ views ^ | 19th May 2009 | Mail Foreign Service
    Michelle Obama stresses the importance of art - at the museum where she and Barack had their first date Michelle Obama returned to the scene of her first date with President Barack Obama as she reopened a wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.... Cutting the ribbon... ...To the amusement of a crowd... Mrs Obama was reminded by museum president...that she and the president had their first date in a museum. 'Thank you for reminding me,' Mrs. Obama said. 'You know, after 20-some-odd years of knowing a guy, you forget that your first date was at a museum. But it...
  • Glamour Magazine Snubs Michelle Obama in Favor of Anne Hathaway (3rd Place; Carla Bruni 34th Place)

    05/18/2009 11:15:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 1,258+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | Sharon Clott
    Glamour magazine selected its top 50 most glamorous women of the year for the June issue, based on a panel of judges and online reader polls. Of course, we're barely halfway through the year and a yearlong retrospective seems a bit presumptuous. But it's the winner's circle that leaves us perplexed. Kates flank both ends — Winslet tops the list at No. 1, while supermodel Moss comes in dead last. With Moss's Topshop opening, Met-gala hosting duties, and anticipated forthcoming biography, we're surprised to see her so far down on the list compared to people like Rachel Weisz (No. 44)...
  • Laura Bush was no 'quiet' first lady

    05/11/2009 7:12:34 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 72 replies · 2,377+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-11-09 | Anita McBride
    POLITICO recently ran a story about the moments that shaped first lady Michelle Obama’s image. I like seeing so much attention paid to a first lady, and I think Americans enjoy knowing what she is working on and how she is spending her time in the White House. The coverage is helpful for all of us to develop an impression about the first lady. And surely there has been no shortage of coverage. I know firsthand what it takes to manage the diverse portfolio of this unique position, which in fact has no official description. The job is what the...
  • CNN Video: Michelle Obama to the UN: I'm Sorry But I Was On Sesame Street, It Was The Best...

    Video: the UN: "I'm thrilled to be here, but I was just at 'Sesame Street' -- I'm sorry," she said. "And I never thought I'd be on 'Sesame Street' with Elmo and Big Bird and I was thrilled. I'm still thrilled. I'm on a high." "I think it's probably the best thing I've done so far in the White House. But we were there talking about nutrition and healthy eating, and it's just been a thrill," Mrs. Obama said.
  • First lady: 'Sesame Street' tops everything so far

    05/05/2009 6:43:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 2,527+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/5/09 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    NEW YORK – Inauguration Day? Nope. First puppy? Negative. Triumphal tour of Europe? Not even. First lady Michelle Obama called her appearance Tuesday on "Sesame Street" probably the best thing she's done since arriving in the White House. At the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, she thanked the diplomats and staff members promoting her husband's new foreign policy of global engagement. "I'm thrilled to be here, but I was just at 'Sesame Street' — I'm sorry," she said. "And I never thought I'd be on 'Sesame Street' with Elmo and Big Bird and I was thrilled. I'm still thrilled....
  • Fashion-forward first lady hits all the right notes:Ultra-Mega, Mega PUKE Warning!!!

    04/28/2009 12:41:57 PM PDT · by fuzzybutt · 10 replies · 605+ views ^ | April 27, 2009 | Hal Rubenstein
    The story I can't find it anywhere in the Constitution, so maybe there is a first lady dress code buried in an obscure addendum to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, since every mistress of the White House for the last four decades has chosen a wardrobe that follows a particular one with near pathological devotion.
  • Chantal Biya: the First Lady of Cameroon (Eat Your Heart Out Michelle...)

    04/21/2009 10:37:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies · 4,051+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/21/09
    At the African First Ladies Health Summit, which started on Monday in Los Angeles, one woman stood out... Chantal is the second wife of President Paul Biya of Cameroon. She was born to a French father and a Cameroonian beauty pageant winner. She is famous in Cameroon for her hairstyles. Her signature look even has a name: the banane Her luxuriant hair caused a stir when we published a picture of her in our pictures of the day gallery. One blogger wrote "all hail the Fierce Ruling First Lady of Cameroon"Pope Benedict XVI arrives at the presidential palace of Cameroon...
  • Did Madame Tussauds snub GOP first ladies?

    04/09/2009 1:47:02 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies · 921+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2009 | Stephanie Green and Elizabeth Glover
    After the fanfare surrounding first lady Michelle Obama's new wax figure at Madame Tussauds in downtown Washington Tuesday, we noticed something peculiar: No Republican first ladies have had the honor of being immortalized in wax at the museum. Besides Mrs. Obama, the Tussauds inventory here includes a figure of Hillary Rodham Clinton and, not one, but two gloved and ladylike Jackie Kennedys. But nary a Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford or Barbara or Laura Bush. "There have not been enough guest requests" for, say, a Mrs. Reagan or Mrs. Ford, museum marketing director Rosemary Del Prado said Tuesday. The museum solicits...
  • Laura Bush: A First Lady who made America proud

    04/08/2009 9:59:12 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 98 replies · 2,011+ views
    Examiner ^ | 4-4-09 | Martha Gore
    During a time when young women in the United States have few role models and Britney Spears' misbehavior is fodder for the airwaves, former First Lady Laura Bush continues to represents American womanhood at its best. While Mrs. Bush may have been thought of as an old style first lady because although she was a woman with strong opinions, she understood that her place in the White House was to bring dignity to her role as the first lady of the land. The song, "Stand by your man" might describe the way Ms. Bush supported her husband during his presidency....
  • Michelle Obama teaches London girls that brains are beautiful

    04/05/2009 9:48:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies · 1,133+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 6, 2009 | Dawn Turner Trice
    During her visit to London for the G-20 summit last week, Michelle Obama drew comparisons in the mainstream media to Jacqueline Kennedy and France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: Their style. Their elegance. Their beauty.