President Obama pauses and looks back at the inauguration crowd, Monday, January 21, 2012.
*The inauguration is done and the dust has settled in D.C. So that means, it’s BACK TO WORK! for the President.
But, there were two moments during the inauguration that shows us that he thought about the importance of the moment as though he was becoming the President of the U.S. for the first time.
Sasha, Malia, Michelle Obama and the President are seated during the inaugural parade and the moment caught on camera would remind you of taking your own kids to an event for a parade.
They’re fidgety, playing with their cell phones, and just being silly. At one moment, Malia tries to get a photo of her parents kissing and Sasha “photobombs” the photo as her parents pose for Malia for the second time.
*Believe it or not, after the rumors of Beyoncé avoiding Kim Kardashian, the two were spotted having a bonding moment in Atlantic City where the singer was performing over the weekend.
Backstage, Kim had an opportunity to chat with the diva and the two were caught embracing and dancing with one another.
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“Kim thought it was such a great show,” a source told Us Weekly. “There’s always some random rumors there is tension between them and there totally isn’t! Kim had so much fun.”
Kim wasn’t the only star who attended the four-concert weekend. The Obama ladies were spotted in a private box dancing and singing to some of their favorites and Gale King sat nearby.
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This was Beyoncé’s big debut since having Blue Ivy in January. On Saturday, the singer revealed to her screaming fans that she lost 60 pounds since giving birth.
“Y’all have no idea how hard I worked! They had me on that treadmill. I ate lettuce!” she told her fans. “Now tonight I’m gonna get chocolate wasted!”
President and daughters visit bookstore (Kramerbooks) near White house
*You can’t say the prez is on the sidelines when it comes to helping small business get some holiday retail sales action.
President Obama took daughters, Malia and Sasha, along on a shopping run to a bookstore (Kramerbooks) a few blocks from the White House.
He says he made the visit because it’s “small business Saturday” and he wanted to support a small business.
The retail industry is encouraging shoppers to patronize mom-and-pop businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s a counterpoint to Black Friday and the sales and special deals offered by department stores and other large retailers, reports The AP.
The Obamas walked out with a selection of books including “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” ”Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever” and “Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.”
*If for nothing else, President Obama has shown a refreshing ability to speak his mind on elements of pop culture – his rather hilarious (and accurate) characterization of Kanye West as a “jackass” in the wake of the Taylor Swift / Beyoncé hullabaloo springs to mind immediately.
Count us as fans of his latest proclamation. It’s nearly impossible to understand exactly how the Kardashians have shoehorned their way into popular culture, but it’s even more baffling as to how any of the dunderheaded offspring could actually think it’s beneficial for growth. Bathing in the shallowness and frivolity of their reality-show existence might be perfectly fine (and financially beneficial) for their family, but it’s nothing the average young woman should aspire to be. It looks like Michelle Obama has the right idea, telling Malia and Sasha that if they HAVE to watch them, be entertained by the family’s scatterbrained antics – but view it as an example of what not to do in the public eye.
Personally, we think he should do it more. Start your next State of the Union with a no-bull evocation of American popular culture. Tell people to stop watching Jersey Shore and start watching Breaking Bad; to stop going to the Transformers movies and seek out that new Coen brothers film; to stop reading the Twilight books and pick up a Toni Morrison novel. It’s really kind of a perfect political idea – after all, who’d want to slam Obama for slamming this dreck? That would be akin to admitting you actually liked this stuff.
*People magazine has posted part of an exclusive Father’s Day essay from President Barack Obama, which expresses how growing up without a dad made him want to be the best parent he could.
An excerpt from the essay, available in its entirety this Friday on newsstands, is listed below:
I grew up without a father around. I have certain memories of him taking me to my first jazz concert and giving me my first basketball as a Christmas present. But he left when I was two years old.
And even though my sister and I were lucky enough to be raised by a wonderful mother and caring grandparents, I always felt his absence and wondered what it would have been like if he had been a greater presence in my life. I still do. It is perhaps for this reason that fatherhood is so important to me, and why I’ve tried so hard to be there for my own children.
That’s not to say I’ve always been a perfect dad. I haven’t. When Malia and Sasha were younger, work kept me away from home more than it should have. At times, the burden of raising our two daughters has fallen too heavily on Michelle. During the campaign, not a day went by that I didn’t wish I could spend more time with the family I love more than anything else in the world.
But through my own experiences, and my continued efforts to be a better father, I have learned something over the years about what children need most from their parents.
- For the President’s entire essay and exclusive family photos, pick up the new issue of People, on newsstands Friday.
*A politically rejuvenated President Barack Obama arrived in Hawaii late Wednesday for an 11-day family vacation in his home state.
Air Force One touched down shortly before midnight local time. The president headed to the rented oceanfront home in Kailua Bay where his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and dog Bo have been vacationing since Saturday.
The president had planned to arrive Saturday, too, but pushed back his departure to stay in Washington while lawmakers wrapped up a frenzied and productive lame-duck session.
He begins his vacation on a high note, having secured victories on a nuclear arms treaty with Russia and the repeal of the military’s ban on gay service members. He also struck a deal with Republican lawmakers to allow tax cuts for all income earners to continue, a compromise that angered some liberals but won Obama rare support from the GOP.
At a Washington news conference Wednesday, Obama said the accomplishments of a postelection session of Congress demonstrate “we are not doomed to endless gridlock.” He described the six-week lame duck session as “a season of progress for the American people.”
The waning weeks of 2010 provided the president a much-needed boost following a volatile year and a self-proclaimed “shellacking” in the November midterm elections. Awaiting Obama come January is an economy still struggling to achieve steady growth, a Congress more heavily laden with Republicans and a host of GOP challengers poised to run for his job in 2012.
Read MORE of this AP report HERE.
Check out snaps of the prez on the golf course: