February 17, 2013 |
CHICAGO - President Obama's support for gun control has its roots in a hometown plagued by deadly shootings - a city, he said Friday, where as many children die from guns every four months as were slaughtered at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. Obama told a Chicago audience that high-profile mass shootings were one part of a national tragedy created not just by guns, but by communities where there was too little hope. As a result, he said, "too many of our children are being taking away from us. " It was an emotional return to a city whose recent shooting victims have included Hadiya Pendleton, 15, a drum majorette gunned down a mile from Obama's Chicago home just days after she performed at the president's inauguration in Washington.
February 15, 2013
PRESUMABLY, you've heard that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making headlines again - this time, for his ample waistline. Or rather for the health risks associated with it. Last week, a former White House physician who was discussing Christie's political future said she was concerned that his weight, combined with the excruciating stress of the presidency, could be fatal. Dr. Connie Mariano told CNN she'd like to see Christie run for president in 2016, but said, "I'm worried about this man dying in office.
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
"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 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 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.