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  • FLOTUS shares real Hawaiian pizza

    12/22/2011 8:15:42 AM PST · by illiac · 40 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 12/22/11 | Andrea Siell
    First lady Michelle Obama took daughters Malia and Sasha to MA'O Organic Farms in Hawaii for a pizza party this week, where they were joined by Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, and Honolulu chef Ed Kenney, a board member at MA'O — which supplied a healthy heap of fresh veggies used by Kenney and Kass as they cooked pizzas for the First Family in a fire oven. The first lady met Kenney when she first visited MA'O back in November for a tour of the farm and a round table with the her "Let's Move!" initiative....
  • The High Price of Impatience: Michelle Jets Off To Hawaii With The Kids For 17 Day Vacation

    12/16/2011 1:03:19 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 16, 2011 | LYDIA WARREN
    The High Price of Impatience: Michelle Jets Off To Hawaii With The Kids For 17 Day Vacation Before The President Can Leave ... At A Cost of $100,000 To The taxpayer By LYDIA WARREN 16th December 2011 With thousands of families struggling to raise funds for Christmas, you would think the Obamas might manage a little thriftiness. But today, Michelle Obama and her two daughters fly to Hawaii for a 17-day holiday - days before the president joins them. The separate flights will incur costs of more than $100,000 to the taxpayer. Vacation: The President was scheduled to begin his...
  • FLOTUS dines at Co Co. Sala

    11/30/2011 10:41:20 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/29/11 | Katy Adams
    First lady Michelle Obama enjoyed a lovely evening at Co Co. Sala on F Street on Monday night. A Yeas & Nays source tells us she dined with seven friends for dinner and, of course, dessert -- which featured an edible chocolate sculpture and house-made artisanal chocolates by Chef Santosh Tiptur. We're told Obama's favorite savory was Chef Tiptur's Moroccan Swordfish Sliders with chermoula marinade, fennel salad, aged pecorino and hazelnut coffee dressing.
  • Things get seasonal at the White House; Obamas hand out Halloween treats

    10/29/2011 4:43:08 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/29/11 | By Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Turns out, the White House did not get egged. Trick-or-treaters marched up the White House driveway on a wet, snowy Saturday, past the spider web-like gauze, the pumpkins and the costumed actors to the mansion’s north portico where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama handed out treats, an annual tradition. “What’s this? Look at this guy,” the president said at the sight of one costumed child. “A headless man. Terrifying!” And yes, the sweets included signature boxes of White House M&Ms, signaling a temporary respite from the first lady’s healthy eating campaign. Dried fruit and White...
  • Michelle Obama tweets -- and celebrates

    10/21/2011 1:59:51 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies
    LA Times blog ^ | 10/21/10 | Amy Hubbard
    It's being referred to as First Lady Michelle Obama's first official tweet, though she's tweeted before (kind of). The first lady tweeted solo for the first time Wednesday night before the first pitch was thrown at Game One of the World Series. After asking a few technical questions, she pushed the right laptop buttons and sent out her tweet pushing her "Joining Forces" agenda, giving hope to all Twitter-challenged people in America. "I did it!" she said, raising her hands in the air triumphantly. The tweet: "Military families serve our nation too. Let's show our appreciation by Joining Forces with...
  • $10K asking price for photo with Michelle Obama at fundraiser

    10/18/2011 12:56:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 18, 2011 | Katherine Skiba
    When first lady Michelle Obama comes home to Chicago next Tuesday, a group photo with her at a campaign fundraiser won’t come cheap. The asking price for a ticket to a "family photo reception" is $10,000, according to an invitation to the event. The invitation specifies that there may be a maximum of six guests in the photo.
  • White House state dinner menu

    10/13/2011 4:15:42 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 66 replies ^ | 10/13/11 | Karin Tanabe
    There’s no celebrity chef tasked with whipping up Thursday night’s state dinner honoring President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak, but the menu is still mouth-watering. For the dinner held in the East Room, Executive Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef William Yosses will serve the following, according to the White House via POLITICO 44: First Course Butternut Squash Bisque, Honey Poached Cranberries, Virginia Cured Ham, Pumpkin Seed Praline, Crème Fraiche Second Course Early Fall Harvest Salad on Daikon Sheets, Masago Rice Pearl Crispies, Rice Wine Vinaigrette Main Course Texas Wagyu Beef, Orange-Ginger Fondue, Sauteed Kale, Roasted Kabocha Squash Dessert Chocolate...
  • Could a San Antonio trained nurse be the next first lady of the United States?

    09/17/2011 6:36:00 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 93 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9-17-2011 | Jack Dennis
    Could a San Antonio trained nurse be the next first lady of the United States? Jack Dennis September 17.2011 Could the 59-year-old daughter of a retired country doctor from Haskell, Texas, who earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSC), be the nation’s next first lady? Many people in the nursing, health, and medical field are hoping so. Anita Thigpen Perry, wife of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is immerging as an asset to her husband’s presidential campaign as more people discover she is a nurse and health advocate. Mrs. Perry...
  • Olive Garden, Red Lobster to slash fat and salt; Michelle Obama declares healthy 'breakthrough'

    09/16/2011 4:59:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 104 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/16/11 | LINDSAY GOLDWERT
    The First Lady has scored another victory in the battle of the bulge. The CEO of Darden Restaurants, which owns eatery chains Olive Garden and Red Lobster as well as LongHorn Steakhouse and Capital Grille, said on Thursday the company will work to reduce fat and sodium by 10% over the course of the next five years and 20% over the next decade.
  • Michelle Obama Accused of Being $10 Million 'Vacation Junkie'

    08/24/2011 6:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Gather ^ | August 24, 2011 | Tom Rose
    Is Michelle Obama a modern-day Mary Lincoln? Anonymous (so far) White House sources are saying it's a fair comparison as the First Lady does to President Obama what Mary Todd did to her husband by spending taxpayer money on luxuries like it was drying up forever. Which is possible... In the last year alone Michelle Obama is accused of spending more than $10 million on vacations and expensive accommodations, all on the public dime. The report, broken by the National Enquirer, is light on the sources, but heavy on the details. The picture painted seems to go way beyond what...
  • Michelle Obama Spent 42 Days on Vacation this Past Year

    08/12/2011 11:45:55 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 68 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | August 12, 2011 | Keith Koffler
    First Lady Michelle Obama over the last year has spent a total of 42 days on vacation, or a little more than one out of every nine days, according to a White House Dossier analysis of her travel. Her vacations, the cost of which are mostly borne by taxpayers, include trips to Panama City, Fla., Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, South Africa, Latin America, Vail, Colo., and her visit this week to her brother in Corvallis, Ore. The total does not include a nine day sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard that the Obamas will enjoy this month. Nor does it include a trip...
  • McDonald’s Trims Its Happy Meal ("Would you like apples with that?")

    07/26/2011 6:41:21 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 63 replies
    ny times ^ | 7/26/2011 | Stephanie Strom
    Bowing to pressure from health advocates and parents, McDonald’s is putting the Happy Meal on a diet. The company announced Tuesday that it would more than halve the amount of French fries and add fruit to its popular children’s meal in an effort to reduce the overall calorie count by 20 percent. But McDonald’s appeasement only went so far. A toy will still come with each Happy Meal despite criticism that the trinkets, often with tie-ins to movies like “Toy Story,” foster a powerful connection between children and the often calorie-laden meals. While Happy Meals account for less than 10...
  • Oh, Sweet Irony: FLOTUS Will Not Be Pleased

    07/23/2011 1:30:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 60 replies
    Townhall COM ^ | July23,2011 | Erika Johnsen
    am truly, truly tickled with this one. This may be the most exquisitely beautiful illustration of irony I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. President Obama, try as he might, just cannot improve upon our horribly sluggish economy and thinks that bringing down millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations with more taxes will provide the answer (he may want to reconsider those Keynesian economics at some point). First Lady Obama has been trying her darndest to eradicate America's childhood obesity epidemic, lecturing on healthy nutrition habits with her "Let's Move!" campaign. Husband and wife both have some grand ambitions, but often...
  • No debt-ceiling talk here: Michelle Obama on Better Homes and Gardens

    07/23/2011 11:34:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies ^ | July 22, 2011 | Linda Feldmann
    Michelle Obama is a cover girl this week – see the new issue of Better Homes and Gardens – and it’s just what her husband needs. In fact, here’s a pretty good rule of thumb for any president: When the going gets tough, put the inevitably more-popular first lady out front – preferably doing something fun and breezy. Give the public a break from all that stressful talk of debt ceilings and economic calamity and scorching heat.
  • Unions Smack Obama On Debt Talks, Walmart

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's rocky relationship with unions took a few more lumps Wednesday as labor groups pounded both a deficit-cutting proposal he embraced as well as the White House's praise of Walmart. AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka started by hammering the Gang of Six proposal released Tuesday that would cut the deficit by $3.7 trillion over 10 years, in part by limiting popular middle class deductions for home mortgages, health insurance and retirement savings -- a plan Obama hailed Tuesday. "Both parties keep telling us that deficit reduction requires 'tough choices' and 'shared sacrifice' and 'taking on sacred cows,'" Trumka...
  • Michelle Obama To Guest Star On Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

    The First Lady is getting ready for her reality television debut! Michelle Obama is set to guest star in an episode of the popular ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which she will film in North Carolina on Thursday. In the episode, which will air in October, Obama will help build a new boarding house for homeless female veterans outside Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, according to the White House. Her appearance on the show is part of the Joining Forces initiative she started with Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill, which offers support and recognition to military vets and their...
  • First Lady Announces Plan to Bring Fresh Produce to Poor Areas

    07/20/2011 6:30:15 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 78 replies
    VOA ^ | 20 July 2011 | unattributed
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has announced a plan for retailers to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to poor and underserved communities, as part of her effort to increase access to healthy foods and combat childhood obesity. At the White House Wednesday, Mrs. Obama said studies show that people who have greater access to supermarkets and fresh fruits have lower instances of obesity. The plan will see Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, and drugstore giant Walgreens, opening 1,500 stores, along with other regional retailers, in areas across the country where people have little or no access to fresh produce. The...
  • Michelle Obama lures Walmart to food deserts

    07/20/2011 4:16:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 55 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 7/20/11 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    First Lady Michele Obama today announced that several large grocery chains, including Walmart, will add 1,500 new grocery stores over the next five years in poor communities that lack access to fresh foods. The stores are expected to reach 9.5 million people. The First Lady called the initiative a "game-changer for kids and communities all across this country." "We can give people all the information and advice in the world about healthy eating and exercise, but if parents can't buy the food they need to prepare those meals because their only options for groceries are the gas station or the...
  • Betty Ford Dead at 93

    07/08/2011 5:58:26 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 146 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2011 | CNN
    Betty Fordhas died at the age of 93.
  • Analysis: Hugs, politics: Michelle Obama's savvy helps husband

    06/27/2011 6:37:27 AM PDT · by skimbell · 28 replies
    Reuters @ Yahoo ^ | June 27, 2011 | Jeff Mason
    She does not consider herself a "secret weapon," but Michelle Obama's trip to Africa showed the first lady has sharp political skills that White House aides can exploit to help re-elect her husband. On her second official solo trip abroad, Mrs. Obama played the roles of traditional and non-traditional politician...
  • French Fries and fat cakes for U.S. First Lady in Botswana

    06/26/2011 10:00:26 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/25/2011 | Deborah Lutterbeck
    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama buys French fries and fat cakes at a restaurant in a Botswana village. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.Video at
  • Michelle Obama: "Fortunately We Have Help From The Media"

    In an interview with CNN, First Lady Michelle Obama thanks the media for their "support" and "kindness." CNN reporter: "How's the family ready for this [the election]? It's going to be quite vicious, isn't it? How do you prepare for that?" First Lady Michelle Obama: "You know, it's … we're ready, you know. Our children, you know, could care less about what we're doing. We work hard to do that. Fortunately we have help from the media. I have to say this: I'm very grateful for the support and kindness that we've gotten. People have respected their privacy and in...
  • Michelle, Mom, Kids Africa Trip Costing Taxpayers $171,000 At Least for Air Travel Alone

    06/21/2011 7:29:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Michelle, Mom, Kids Africa Trip Costing Taxpayers $171,000 At Least for Air Travel Alone Tuesday, June 21, 2011 By James Zilenziger ( - The White House isn’t saying how much of a tab the taxpayers will need to pick up for the week-long trip that First Lady Michelle Obama, her two children, her mother, a niece and a nephew are taking to South Africa and Botswana. But according to Congressional Research Service estimates, the flights alone will cost taxpayers more than $171,000--almost as much as the $174,000 annual salaries paid to rank-and-file members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The...
  • Michelle Obama heads to Africa, stirs criticism

    06/21/2011 4:18:51 AM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    The Ticket ^ | June 20, 2011 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    ...the trip is already provoking disappointment from Africa advocates who argue that President Obama, whose father was Kenyan, hasn't devoted enough time to the continent since winning the presidency. Mwiza Munthali, public outreach director of TransAfrica Forum, argues that U.S. officials "are not seeing Africa as a big priority. There has been some ambivalence." The president has made just one trip to sub-Saharan Africa since his Jan. 2009 inauguration and has chosen not to accompany his wife on her journey. This isn't the first time the First Lady has come under fire for travel plans. Below we review some of...
  • Chronicle will not be pool reporter for Michelle Obama visit : Politics Blog

    06/13/2011 11:28:37 PM PDT · by thecodont · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | June 13 2011 at 04:10 PM | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Remember a couple of weeks ago when The White House got ticked off at Comrade Marinucci for posting video of activists protesting President Obama inside a San Francisco fundraiser? To Team Obama she was violating an unwritten rule on a print reporters posting video and they threatened to exclude The Chronicle from being the pool reporter in the future. To other sentient beings, Comrade Marinucci was -- and pardon the technical term here -- "reporting the news." News that MANY other non-journalists who were there at the fundraiser were recording with various camera phones. And she was perfectly within her...
  • FLOTUS tells of Obama's worry (LOL Alert)

    06/13/2011 11:57:45 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | June 13, 2011
    First lady Michelle Obama on Monday told a fundraiser in Southern California of the toll the presidency has taken on her husband Barack Obama. "I see the sadness and worry that's creasing his face," she said to a crowd of about 500 at the Pasadena luncheon organized by the Southern California Women For Obama. She described his worth ethic as “tireless,” according to pool reports. "He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him," she said. "This man doesn't take a day off."
  • CBS News Reporter Criticizes Michelle Obama for Wearing $7,000 Designer Gown in 'Poor Economy'

    06/07/2011 7:27:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 150 replies
    Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | Kristinn
    On the day a poll showed Barack Obama owning the failing economic recovery, a CBS News Washington Bureau reporter questioned Michelle Obama's judgment in wearing a $7,000 gown at tonight's state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, noting that other guests "dressed more modestly."Writing on Twitter, CBS News reporter Christine Delargy said:Gowns by Michelle designer Naeem Khan retail avg of $7,000. Good, bad image for Obama in poor economy? Most din guests dressed more modestly 30 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®In a previous Tweet, Delargy noted her fashion expertise:Michelle in Naeem Khan tonight. Wore same designer @ 1st state...
  • Michelle Obama announces she's taking her daughters to visit Africa later this month

    06/04/2011 9:50:03 PM PDT · by traumer · 101 replies
    The First Lady is planning a trip. Michelle Obama announced Friday that she's heading to Africa on an official visit later this month. Mrs Obama will stop in South Africa and Botswana to continue her work encouraging young people around the world to become active in their countries. The First Lady will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana, during the June 21-26 trip. Besides youth leadership Mrs. Obama will also focus on education, health and wellness. Officials said the visit will highlight the important stake the U.S. has in the success of Africa's many nations,...
  • President Obama wolfs down TWO chili dogs and fries...

    06/04/2011 9:16:32 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 6/4/11 | Fiona Roberts
    When his wife unveiled the USDA's new nutritional plate yesterday, there definitely wasn't a space for chili dogs. But that didn't stop Barack Obama wolfing down two in Toledo today - with fries and an extra bowl of chili on the side.
  • Spotlight takes toll on first lady's staff [Michelle Obama is on her third chief of staff and....]

    05/27/2011 9:21:03 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    Spotlight takes toll on first lady's staff By: Julie Mason and Amie Parnes May 27, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Less than three years into the job, first lady Michelle Obama is on her third chief of staff and third social secretary. She is on her second communications director, the White House chief usher recently departed, and her press secretary’s last day is Friday. The turnover, greater than under recent first ladies, underscores the pressure and high expectations of working in an operation known for its polish and discipline. A crucial political asset to her husband and his administration, Michelle Obama...
  • Michelle Obama makes first foray into new campaign

    05/19/2011 2:21:19 PM PDT · by Justaham · 19 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5-19-11 | Darlene Superville
    Michelle Obama made her first foray into the 2012 presidential campaign Thursday, telling donors that her husband needs them to "work like you have never worked before" so he can finish the job he started. Though the first lady said President Barack Obama has accomplished much in almost 2 1/2 years, she told a Democratic Party women's group that there's a lot more to do, with a long and difficult campaign ahead. Addressing the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum's annual national issues conference, the first lady hit many of the same notes as the president has in his recent...
  • 'Common' Nonsense

    05/13/2011 4:56:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | May 13, 2011 | Brent Bozell
    The Obamas want credit for bringing American culture to the White House. When they decided to celebrate poetry at the White House on May 10, it was really not a surprise they would try to make it socially "relevant" by inviting a rap music "artist" to unload some rhymes. The rapper goes by the name "Common" (real name: Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.). He is celebrated by many on the left as a "socially conscious" street poet. But that's not the way it was seen by cops in New Jersey. ABC reporter Jake Tapper blogged that Dave Jones, president of the...
  • Washington Post chairman unaware of Obama-Common controversy until shareholder asks...

    05/12/2011 10:24:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/12/11 | Matthew Boyle
    Washington Post Company chairman Donald Graham told shareholders Thursday morning that he was unaware of the controversy surrounding the rapper known as Common, whom Michelle Obama has invited to a poetry event, until Cliff Kincaid of the watchdog group Accuracy in Media asked him about it. Graham apparently missed a story on the front page of his newspaper, which offered a defense of Common’s lyrics. “Mr. Kincaid, I thank you for informing me of something I didn’t know about,” Graham said. “You have brought our attention to an interesting controversy.”
  • Rapper (Common) AWOL at White House event

    05/11/2011 5:21:41 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 116 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 11, 2011 | Neil Munro
    White House officials have sidelined a rapper who glibly validated threats and violence against police, and quietly dropped him from the afternoon session of today’s poetry event at the White House. First lady Michelle Obama welcomed the invited poets to the event, but notably did not mention the controversial rapper, whose stage-name is Common. “Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Kenny Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, and Aimee Mann, let’s give them a round of applause,” Ms. Obama said. “We’ll get to hear from these folks,” she added. The first lady’s office declined to comment on whether Common will play a role in the...
  • Obama Defends Pro-Cop-Killer, Burn Pres. Bush Rapper Appearance at White House

    05/11/2011 11:00:05 AM PDT · by kristinn · 161 replies
    Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | Kristinn
    CBS News Radio White House Correspondent Mark Knoller via Twitter:WH says Pres Obama opposes violent & misogynist lyrics, but defends participation of rapper known as Common in WH poetry event tonight.WH says some criticism of Common is distorted and lyrics suggesting a threat against police are not the sum total of his work.
  • NJ State Police "Outraged" Over Rapper Invited to White House (Praised Fugitive Cop Killer)

    05/10/2011 6:30:04 PM PDT · by kristinn · 79 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Brian Thompson
    The invitation of rapper Common to a White House this week is drawing the ire of the union representing New Jersey state police. While not even casual hip-hop fans would characterize him as a controversial rapper, Common found himself under the microscope after First Lady Michelle Obama invited him to the White House for an arts event. FOX News and Sarah Palin criticized the decision after the Daily Caller published some of Common's lyrics, including some that criticize President George W. Bush. For Jersey police, the outrage centers on a song by Common about Assata Shakur, formerly known as Joanne...
  • Michelle Obama welcomes rapper to White House who called for burning of George Bush

    05/10/2011 1:10:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 9, 2011 | Staff
    First Lady Michelle Obama has invited a rapper who called for the burning of George Bush to perform at the White House. Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr, who uses the stage name ‘Common’, will be welcomed at an event celebrating American poetry on Wednesday. He is expected to take part in rap workshops with schoolchildren in the afternoon before performing in the evening. In footage on YouTube he is seen calling for the burning of the former president. ‘Burn a Bush cos for peace he no push no button,’ the hip-hop artist raps in one video, which has more than 800,000...
  • The Obamas, out for Italian

    05/08/2011 5:32:13 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 05/07/11 | JULIE MASON
    President Obama took Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood golfing today -- message received: LaHood is safe in his job -- and capped an eventful week with dinner out. From the pool report: "POTUS and FLOTUS emerged from the south portico at 7.52 p.m., and the (motorcade) traveled in three minutes to 12th and F, N.W, where the First Couple entered Tosca, an Italian restaurant. FLOTUS is wearing a dark-leather jacket." Tosca. Hm. Is this a Mother's Day treat, a celebration, an effort to mellow and unwind after an eventful week? The POTUS gave no indication. UPDATE: The President and the First...
  • Caption Micheel Doing the Dougie!

    05/04/2011 12:21:31 PM PDT · by Baladas · 41 replies
    May 4, 2011
    By Beyonce - never heard of the dance before:
  • Obama To Tape "Oprah" Before NYC Fundraising

    04/23/2011 8:24:29 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 13 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 22, 2011 | CELESTE KATZ
    Just a quick reminder so you won't wonder what's jacking up the traffic in NYC next Wednesday:From White House spox Jay Carney: "On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Chicago to tape an episode of the 'Oprah Winfrey Show.' The President will then travel to New York to deliver remarks at two DNC events." As you know, Winfrey -- whose influence in the media world absolutely can't be underestimated -- has been a big proponent of President Obama and his policies. Michelle Obama appeared on Winfrey's program in January. A report earlier this month suggested the...
  • FAA Announces New Rules Following Aborted Landing of First Lady's Plane

    04/20/2011 5:07:40 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 1+ views
    FAA Announces New Rules Following Aborted Landing of First Lady's Plane Published April 20, 2011 | The Federal Aviation Administration has announced new procedures following the aborted landing of a presidential plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama that flew too close to a military cargo jet on Monday. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said that the agency will start requiring a supervisor to monitor movements of flights involving the vice president and first lady, just as the FAA already requires for flights carrying President Obama. "As of today, we are making the same supervisor oversight requirement for (vice president and...
  • Plane with Michelle Obama had to abort landing because of mistake

    04/19/2011 2:50:28 PM PDT · by traumer · 49 replies
    A White House plane carrying Michelle Obama came dangerously close to a 200-ton military cargo jet and had to abort its landing at Joint Base Andrews on Monday as the result of an air traffic controller’s mistake, according to federal officials familiar with the incident. Ultimately controllers at Andrews feared the cargo jet would not clear the runway in time, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for their agencies. FAA officials confirmed that the first lady was aboard the plane but had no additional immediate comment. They expected to release...
  • D.C. school lunch firm questioned on nutrition

    04/12/2011 7:25:35 AM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2010 | Staff
    A company that serves meals to 2½ million schoolchildren daily in more than 500 districts nationwide, with multimillion-dollar contracts in both Washington and Chicago, has a history of marginal quality and food-safety scares amid concerns over the nutritional content of its school menus, according to school and company records. Chartwells-Thompson School Dining Services, a subsidiary of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Compass Group, owner of Burger King, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, is one of North America's largest school cafeteria operators — its contracts with the Chicago Public Schools from 2001 to 2009 totaling more than $289 million and a D.C. operation...
  • Hip-Hop Violinist Invited to DC for Women's History Month (More partying for Michelle)

    03/27/2011 1:15:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | March 26, 2011 | Dorkys Ramos
    Grammy Award winner Miri Ben-Ari will be one of 25 "Remarkable Women" who have been invited to spend a day with Michelle Obama on Wednesday, March 30 in honor of Women's History Month. The 32-year-old Israeli violinist and the group - all from a variety of professions and backgrounds - will serve as mentors and travel around Washington, DC to inspire and encourage young women to pursue their own dreams. After the day-long tour, they will gather at the White House for dinner with other distinguished guests. Ben-Ari first popped onto the scene in 2001 alongside Wyclef Jean with an...
  • POLITICO: Michelle Obama touts health law

    03/23/2011 12:02:55 PM PDT · by maggief · 140 replies
    Politico ^ | March 23, 2011 | AMIE PARNES
    Michelle Obama on Wednesday weighed in on the one-year anniversary of the health care law her husband signed into law, arguing that the changes will help parents raise a generation of “happy and healthy kids.” Sharing a “personal” story in an op-ed on Yahoo’s Shine website, Obama said that as a working mom in her pre-White House days, she had “the best intentions” to feed her daughters Malia and Sasha healthy food on a budget, but admitted that “sometimes pizza or the drive-thru were inevitable.”
  • Michelle Obama writing book on White House garden

    03/17/2011 1:27:32 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/16/2011
    US first lady Michelle Obama will write a book about the kitchen garden she started at the White House and her efforts to promote healthy eating, the Crown publishing group said on Wednesday. The as yet untitled book will be published in April 2012, and will see Michelle Obama describing how she was inspired to plant the first edible garden on the White House's South Lawn since Eleanor Roosevelt's World War Two era "victory garden." She will also share some of her family's favourite healthy recipes, said Crown, a unit of Random House publishers. Crown said Michelle Obama received no...
  • Michelle Obama has new stylist; Michelle Koop, 29, now dressing First Lady, replacing Ikram Goldman

    03/04/2011 9:07:18 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 48 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Feb. 23, 2011 | Lindsay Goldwert
    ...So, how did a mere assistant win the coveted role of Michelle Obama's dresser in chief? Koop used to work for Goldman – she was sent to Washington to work closely with the First Lady to see to her day-to-day wardrobe needs. Now it seems that Koop is in and Goldman is out...
  • To the hater: First Lady Obama is bringing elegance back (Laff Riot)

    03/03/2011 12:58:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Madison Times ^ | March 2, 2011 | Gail Moore
    It shouldn’t surprise me the new levels of hatred that conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh finds each week for his radio show or that there is an audience out here who actually finds him credible. Like a bully last week, Limbaugh took aim at America’s First Lady Michelle Obama. The former-fat guy criticized the First Lady’s efforts to curb childhood obesity by pointing out her diet and criticized her “Lets Move” campaign which encourages youths to eat more fruit and vegetables and to include exercise in their daily lifestyles. How pathetic, Rush. Like many, I admire the First Lady...
  • First lady serves day's worth of calories in one meal...

    02/28/2011 11:44:10 AM PST · by jakerobins · 73 replies
    Mrs. Obama Serves Governors a 2,200 Calorie Meal by Keith Koffler on February 28, 2011, 11:37 am First Lady Michelle Obama Sunday night stuffed about 2,200 calories worth of dinner into the nation’s governors, hosting a White House bash that pulled few punches on the fattening front despite her profile as the leader of a national crusade to trim the waistlines of the country’s youth. President Obama is meeting with governors from both Parties at the White House today. Sunday night’s dinner was a kind of welcoming gala. It provided enough calories for an entire day’s worth of eating.
  • Rush Limbaugh criticizes First Lady Michelle Obama's weight, nutritional campaign

    02/26/2011 12:51:52 AM PST · by South40 · 93 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 22, 2011
    Not to put too fine a point on it, but Rush Limbaugh is talking smack about First Lady Michelle Obama's weight? Rush Limbaugh? And Michelle "you-can-cut-glass-with-my-chiseled-biceps" Obama? As you well know, Michelle Obama has been taking plenty of criticism from the right for her nutritional campaign to encourage kids to move more and eat healthier fare. Joining her in the campaign is retail giant Wal-Mart, which recently announced it would begin reducing the sodium and fat in many of its prepared foods.