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THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING IN WASHINGTON IS A FAMILY EVENT FOR THE OBAMAS

Posted in Barack Obama, Malia Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama on December 10, 2010 by fadedblog

President Barack Obama and his daughter Sasha enjoyed a special father-daughter moment as they watched the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday (December 9).

The pair were later joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, big sis Malia and grandma Marian Robinson as they took to the stage to help light the tree. The President gave brief remarks, noting the story of Christmas and saying, “It’s a story that’s dear to Michelle and me as Christians but it’s a message that’s universal.”

Michelle then sat down to read Twas the Night Before Christmas. At one point the graceful First Lady removed her gloves so that she could better turn the book’s pages.

In his remarks, Obama mentioned the perils of past lightings, saying, “On one occasion, two sheep left the safety of the Nativity scene and wandered into rush-hour traffic. That caused some commotion.”

The president went on to thank the crowd for coming and said, “On behalf of Malia, Sasha, Michelle, Marian — who’s our grandmother-in-chief — and Bo — don’t forget Bo — I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season.”

Three thousand people attended the festivities after winning tickets through an online lottery. The first Christmas tree lighting ceremony took place back in 1923, with President Calvin Coolidge presiding.

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MICHELLE OBAMA GLITTERS IN GOLD AT STATE DINNER IN INDIA

Posted in Barack Obama, Michelle Obama on November 9, 2010 by fadedblog

Waging on with their overseas trip, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were at the president’s palace in New Delhi for a state dinner last night (November 8).

While the President charmed everyone with his million dollar smile, Mrs. O. looked ravishing in a silver, floor-length, Dune Velvet skirt by Rachel Roy. She paired the skirt with a gold Sable Moroccan Tunic, also by Roy.

Today the Obamas are in Jakarta for a meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono.

At a press conference, the president said: “What we’re trying to do is make sure that we are building bridges and expanding our interactions with Muslim countries.”

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THE OBAMAS

Posted in Barack Obama, Michelle Obama on November 1, 2010 by fadedblog

The Obama family opted to skip the whole costume thing, but they did keep it well-dressed and festive in orange and black as they handed out candy to trick-or-treaters (including students and children of military families) in front of the White House last night (October 31).

While President Barack Obama did much of the meeting and greeting, First Lady Michelle Obama took care of candy distribution.

The trick-or-treaters — ranging in age from 6 to 14 — were from schools in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas.

The celebration was a light-hearted break for Obama, who has been crisscrossing the country in full campaign mode ahead of Tuesday’s congressional elections.

BARACK OBAMA TAKES AIM AT FOX NEWS IN THE PAGES OF ‘ROLLING STONE’

Posted in Barack Obama on September 28, 2010 by fadedblog

President Barack Obama graces the new issue of Rolling Stone.

In the magazine, he touches on a number of topics — namely Fox News.

“The golden age of an objective press was a pretty narrow span of time in our history,” says Obama. “Before that, you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition. It is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It’s a point of view that I disagree with. It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world. But as an economic enterprise, it’s been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it’s that Fox is very successful.

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THE OBAMAS: A FAMILY WHO PRAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER

Posted in Barack Obama, Michelle Obama on September 20, 2010 by fadedblog

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daugthers attended an hourlong service Sunday morning (September 19) at a church just across the street from the White House.

The happy foursome could be seen strolling across Lafayette Square to attend St. John’s Church, a yellow Episcopal church Obama has visited three times previously. A pew nine rows back from the altar at St. John’s carries a small brass plaque designating it as “The President’s Pew.”

Obama’s visit to the church comes a month after a poll found that fewer Americans believe the president is a Christian. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life revealed that only 34% say Obama is a Christian, down from 48% last year, and 18% of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, up from 11%.

America can thank the Tea Party movement for such falsities.

THE OBAMAS MAKE A SPLASH AT HISPANIC CAUCUS GALA

Posted in Barack Obama, Michelle Obama on September 16, 2010 by fadedblog

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended last night’s (September 15) Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s gala in Washington. Guests included Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and her husband Tony Parker.

Obama appealed to Hispanics to support Democrats in the November elections despite his failed promise to pass an immigration overhaul.

“You have every right to keep the heat on me and the Democrats, and I hope you do,” the President told the dinner crowd. “But don’t forget who is standing with you, and who is standing against you,” Obama said as he blamed Republicans for standing in the way.

Meanwhile, according to a new book about Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, called Carla and the Ambitious, Michelle allegedly asked the French First Lady about what life was like for her since her husband became the French leader. Her response? “Don’t ask. It’s hell!”

THE OVAL OFFICE GETS A MAKEOVER

Posted in Barack Obama on August 31, 2010 by fadedblog

Even the president of the United States sometimes needs a good makeover.

While president Barack Obama and his first family were away on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, his office was remodeled for the first time since President George W. Bush was the occupant.

Upgrades include new and reupholstered furniture, new paint and wallpaper, along with a new rug, paid for by the non-profit White House Historical Association through a contribution from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

The new wheat, cream and blue colored oval-shaped rug is made of 25 percent recycled wool. The rug has the Presidential seal in the center and historical quotes of meaning to President Obama around the border:

1. “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt
2. “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice,” Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. “Government of the People, By the People, For the People,” President Abraham Lincoln
4. “No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings,” President John F. Kennedy
5. “The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us,” President Theodore Roosevelt

This is what the Oval Office looked like in 1990 after George Bush re-did it.

The White House has not revealed the cost of the Obama Oval overhaul, but it’s in line with what past presidents have done.

The president will show off his new office when he addresses the nation tonight from the Oval Office about the end of combat operations in Iraq.