Today the White House released the official portrait of the First Family taken by Annie Leibovitz. My first thoughts were “My GOD what a beautiful family” and “Where should I photoshop myself in?” Creepy? Yes. True? …Yes.
And First Dog Bo wasn’t left out of the action. In fact, Bo had his own set of White House portraits done, although Annie Leibovitz didn’t stick around to take those photos. Malia and Sasha didn’t even get that honor.
No, this isn't the official White House portrait. I just like it a lot.
Click here for the real one.
[Posted by Shannon]
People want a White House that isn’t stuffy and a president they can have a beer with, yet when the first lady dresses like a normal woman on vacation, the media screams “totes inappropes, Meesh!” Or something to that effect.
As you probably already heard, some people are hassling my girl Michelle for wearing shorts and showing her stems as she stepped off Air Force One. They call her shorts “short shorts” and “disrespectful” and BLAH BLAH BLAH. This issue really resonates with your Six Words bloggers, as both of us have been blessed with long femurs.
These are the shorts in question:
Ummm… they look fine to me. These are “short shorts”:
Not the same, are they?
Our lovely and stylish First Lady is model height. She’s 5’11. She’s going to have some lengthy gams. So really, her shorts aren’t that short, her legs are just really long. So lay off, you raging heightists!
Aren’t there bigger and better things to worry about anyway? You know, like making sure the Republicans stop lying about health care reform. Just a thought.
[Posted by Kathleen]
I should be out celebrating the four-day weekend and impending inauguration of my dear Barry with the rest of the District, but instead I’ve gotten sucked into watching yet another House marathon. It seems that every Sunday night for the past, oh, twelve Sundays, I’ve been glued to the teevee watching the delightful drama of Gregory House and crew. It’s weird, because I’ve never watched an entire season or enough shows in a row to get in tune with the relationships between all the characters, but it’s such an addicting show that it really doesn’t matter. (And I’ve watched enough to gather that Cameron and House almost had a thing, or maybe they did have a thing? Where are those episodes?!)
Because I’ve been watching so much House, it’s always a huge shock to me when I’m reminded that Hugh Laurie is English. I mean, who knew he really sounded like this?
So much more likable! I wonder if he gets really, really sick of faking the American accent of a very angry dude.
In other news, there’s um, some pretty exciting stuff happening this week. I’m not nearly as excited as I feel like I should be, except for random moments of joy where I’m all “Oh my god…next week at this time George Bush will no longer be our President.” Won’t you just feel calmer and happier knowing that he’s out of the picture? I know I will.
I’m one of those poor, common DC residents who doesn’t have tickets to any fancy balls and who doesn’t get to be close enough to the actual inauguration ceremony to ask Malia and Sasha if they want me to be their new babysitter. But still, I’m really freaking glad to be in DC right now. The sheer fact that we all get Tuesday off is exciting; it’s like we get a snow day and the rest of the country doesn’t. (Suckaaas.)
Of course, we do have to deal with the four bajillion people who are apparently coming for the Big Day. I’m a leetle nervous for that. As of now, my inaugural plans are to attend a cheesy Obama-themed party tomorrow night (think Barackli and Cheese and Sloppy Joe Bidens) and then brave the crowds with the rest of the world tomorrow. I’m still crossing my fingers that a front row ticket will turn up and I’ll get to hold Michelle’s mom’s hand throughout the ceremony. I’ll keep you posted.
In other other news, I get to see Joshua Radin in concert in NYC on Friday! So if things this week aren’t exciting as I want them to be, I can always try to get Joshua to fall in love with me this weekend.
Sometimes my friends tell me I’m delusional. Sometimes I think they’re right.
[Posted by Mallory]
The Obamas sat down with 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft on Friday for the first post-election interview which airs tonight! at 7 pm! on CBS! Below, an impossibly sweet clip of future first lady Michelle discussing her reaction to her husband’s victory:
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Isn’t it nice to know that in just a few short months the White House will have a confident, intelligent, graceful first lady again? Laura Bush may have been the most agreeable part of W.’s tenure but she never embraced the role of First Lady in the way that I think Michelle will. Where she was a sweet, and kind librarian, Michelle will be an outspoken and courageous leader.
In the interview, President-elect Obama also discusses protecting homeowners from foreclosure, aiding the auto industry, his relationship with Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson, and the writings of Abraham Lincoln. This is important stuff, don’t miss it!
[Posted by Madeline]
I told you waking up on Wednesday morning would feel good.
[Posted by Kathleen]
So I considered live-blogging Hillary’s speech but then I got nervous because Kathleen is way smarter than me when it comes to politics. Now I wish I had live-blogged it. From a nerdy rhetoric student’s point of view, and a weepy patriot’s point of view, and the point of view of some one who thinks Barack Obama looks damn good in a suit, that was a GOOD speech.
She got the weepy stories in; she did some great McCain bashing; and she did an excellent job hammering home the message of “HEY CRAZY LADIES! Voting for McCain or voting for no one is NOT the way to honor my campaign’s legacy. VOTE FOR BARRY!” or something to that effect. And that Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit comment? The Harriet Tubman rhetoric at the end? Killer. Love her right now.
And I will say, though the orange suit complemented Hill’s skin tone, I thought orange was an interesting choice for the patriotic overload that is a convention. With all the Obama campaign’s branding strategy, I thought it was odd that they allowed Hillary and Chelsea to appear next to each other wearing orange and black. Anyway, Michelle looked great, as per usual, and Joe Biden has really white teeth.
Stay tuned for Kathleen’s potentially more legit commentary, once she gets off the Pepsi Center floor. Lucky bitch.
P.S. I spoke to my mom before the speech, and she said she and my dad were also getting ready to watch. This shocked me a little, because my dad is a bit of a diehard Republican. My mom was talking about how they were kind of bashing Hillary on the teevee commentary and I was like whaaaa?, because I was watching NBC. Of course my parents were watching Fox, because my dad said it was “the most neutral station.” Tee hee.
P.P.S. I’m watching Fox now because I got curious, and Charles Krauthammer is speaking. Like a month ago I applied to be his research assistant. Never heard back, shockingly. It was one of those jobs that you just have to send in your resume for, so don’t judge me.
[Posted by Mallory]
Watch this and try not to smile and maybe weep a little with joy:
Could this family BE any more perfect? I’m seriously high on their cuteness. Obamas for First Family!
[Posted by Mallory]