February 10, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries, including first lady Michelle Obama, packed the funeral Saturday for a Chicago honor student whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Yet one speaker after another remembered Hadiya Pendleton, 15, not so much as a symbol but as a best friend, an excellent student, and a girl with a bright smile and big personality. They said she was a typical teen who wanted to borrow her friends' clothes and who never left home without her lip gloss.
January 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama lauded Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of his closest advisers and said their shared vision for America's role in the world persuaded his one-time rival - and potential successor - to be his top diplomat while he dealt with the shattered economy at home. During a joint interview that aired Sunday on 60 Minutes , Obama and Clinton chuckled as they described their partnership and stoked speculation that Obama may prefer Clinton to succeed him in the White House after the 2016 elections.
January 24, 2013 |
I can't help but wish first lady Michelle Obama had chosen a ravishing, ruby-red gown four years ago when she made her first twirl on the inaugural dance floor with the president. But this is not about me. It's about FLOTUS, and it was clear that Obama and her chosen designer Jason Wu were playing it safe back then with the white, one-shoulder gown. After all, we really didn't know either of them yet. Well, now we do. And play time is over. Obama flexed her bronze, muscled back in a stunning halter gown at the Commander-in-Chief Ball Monday night, to much applause - including my own. Watching from my living room TV, I stood up and clapped when Obama walked out to dance to Jennifer Hudson's screeching rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together.
January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - It was not exactly a day for Republicans. Their most recent standard-bearer remained out of sight, home in California. Their two most recent presidents were home in Texas. And as President Obama took the oath of office, those who were there sat stone-faced, barely meriting a mention as the president laid out the kind of liberal agenda they have long feared. "I would have liked to see more outreach," said Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), who sat stoically behind a pair of dark aviator sunglasses, offering little reaction as Obama spoke.
January 23, 2013
The fitted-through-the-bodice, navy-blue coat that first lady Michelle Obama wore to Monday's inaugural ceremonies was a work of art. And we can thank Allentown-bred designer Thom Browne for the expertly tailored, perfectly darted custom piece of outerwear. "It's overwhelming," the 48-year-old designer said in an interview with the New York Times from Paris, where he showed his latest men's collection Sunday. "It is one of those rare moments in someone's career that you will always remember.
January 23, 2013
"IF BEYONCE'S weave thinks she can upstage me, she is sorely mistaken" - @FirstLadysBangs That's right, folks. First lady Michelle Obama's new hairstyle has its own Twitter account. It makes sense, since the hairdo, unveiled on FLOTUS' 49th birthday last week, was one of the most talked-about things on Inauguration Day. Even President Obama affixed his presidential seal of approval. Way to mix it up, Michelle. She did us proud. I was hoping FLOTUS would turn it out for the inauguration.
January 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama officially began his second term Sunday, setting the stage for him to lay out his vision in an inaugural address on the holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More than half a million people are expected to watch from the Mall, four years and a day after the nation's first African American president was sworn in the first time. Obama, joined Sunday by a dozen family members, recited the 35-word oath of office administered by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House.
January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - On the brink of a second term, President Obama invoked Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to service Saturday as inauguration-goers flocked to the capital city for a distinctly American celebration including an oath-taking, a splashy parade, and partying enough to last four years. "I think we're on the cusp of some really great things," Vice President Biden predicted for a country still recovering from a deep recession. Freshly built inaugural stands at the Capitol gleamed white in the sun, and hundreds of chairs for special guests were set out on the lawn that spills down toward the National Mall as Obama and Biden began their inauguration weekend.
January 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher, and Brad Paisley. Oh, and the president. President Obama's inauguration is shaping up to be an event as star-studded as any red carpet, with dozens of heavy hitters lining up to perform - and the promise of a few surprises to liven up the weekend. "I think it's going to be the coolest thing ever to look back with my grandkids and go, 'I was a part of that and I'm proud of that.
December 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As he and his family flipped the switch to light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday night, President Obama said he hopes the tree lasts longer than its predecessor, which died after just a year. "Our tree has been having a hard time recently. This is our third one in as many years," Obama said, noting that a tree that stood near the White House for more than three decades was lost in a storm early last year. Its replacement didn't take hold. "It just goes to show, nobody's job is safe here in Washington," Obama joked.