June 29, 2013 |
GOREE ISLAND, Senegal - Soon after being released from his 27-year incarceration in South Africa, antiapartheid icon Nelson Mandela made a pilgrimage to this small island off the Senegalese coast. He came to pay homage to a salmon-colored house which locals claim was used to hold slaves before herding them onto ships bound for America. When the curator showed him a hole underneath the staircase used to punish disobedient slaves, who were left to die in the crawlspace, Mandela himself climbed in. He reemerged, his face wet with tears, says Eloi Coly, the museum's chief conservator, who recalled the impact the experience had on Mandela, just hours before showing the building to President Obama.
June 22, 2013 |
A 9-year-old student from Delaware County has been invited to join 53 other children from across the country for lunch with Michelle Obama at the White House next month. Ganesh Selvakumar, who lives in Broomall and attends school in the Marple Newtown district, submitted a winning recipe to a contest promoting healthy lunches as part of Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative. The contest was held by the Departments of Education and Agriculture, and the winning students range in age from 8 to 12. Ganesh's entry was a recipe for lentil spinach soup and mint chutney.
June 18, 2013 |
The First Family is making the most of it in Ireland. While President Obama hung out at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Michelle Obama on Monday took Malia , 14, and Sasha, 11, to Dublin for a presentation at Trinity College about the First Children's genealogy. The Obama girls are descended from Irish immigrants through their dad's maternal relatives in Kansas. Their father's great-great-great grandfather was a shoemaker in Moneygall, a village between Dublin and Limerick.
June 9, 2013
Americanah By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Alfred A. Knopf. 496 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by John Timpane Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a MacArthur Fellow and onetime Drexel University student who, as every available blurb says, "splits her time between Nigeria and the United States. " Her brave, sprawling novel Americanah tackles the U.S. race complex with a directness and brio no U.S. writer of any color would risk. We start with a Nigerian couple, Ifemelu and Obinze.
June 6, 2013 |
On a mobile device? Click here to view the video. WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama experienced a rare face-to-face encounter with a protester late Tuesday - approaching the activist and threatening to leave a fund-raiser if the person did not stop interrupting her speech. Obama was addressing a Democratic Party fund-raiser in a private home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Northwest Washington when Ellen Sturtz, 56, a lesbian activist, interrupted her remarks to demand that President Obama sign an antidiscrimination executive order.
May 28, 2013 |
Americans gathered at memorials, museums and monuments and the president laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen service members on Memorial Day, as combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindle. "Let us not forget as we gather here today that our nation is still at war," President Obama said after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. "When they give their lives, they are still being laid to rest in cemeteries in quiet corners across our country, including here in Arlington," he said.
May 3, 2013
* How to top a successful White House recipe challenge for kids? Have another one. Epicurious and first lady Michelle Obama are teaming up for the second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner. " Kids ages 8-12 and their parents or guardians can submit an original lunch recipe through May 12 ( recipechallenge.epicurious.com , or mail to "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge c/o Epicurious.com," 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 15th floor, New York, NY 10036). Winners get lunch at the White House with Mrs. Obama.
April 28, 2013 |
Manteo Mitchell always wanted to serve as an inspiration. He never figured he would have to break his leg to do it. "I didn't plan on that," Mitchell said. An injury on the international stage has worked out wonderfully for the 25-year-old from Shelby, N.C. One moment, Mitchell was a promising but relatively unknown runner for the U.S Olympic team. The next, President Obama was praising him at a White House reception and the athlete was making plans to visit 36 schools to tell his made-for-Hollywood story.
April 26, 2013 |
WACO, Texas - President Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer-plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday that they would have the nation's support to rebuild. "This small town's family is bigger now," Obama said during a memorial service at Baylor University for victims of last week's explosion in nearby West, Texas, that killed 14 and injured 200. Nearly 10,000 gathered to remember the first responders killed in the blast, a crowd more than triple the size of West's population of 2,700.
April 12, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Michelle Obama, with tears in her eyes and her voice cracking, spoke out for the first time here Wednesday about the gun violence afflicting young people in cities across the nation. She took a rare step for any first lady into the legislative fight of the hour, saying her husband, President Obama, is "fighting as hard as he can, and engaging as many people as he can, to pass commonsense reforms to protect our children from gun violence. " "These reforms deserve a vote in Congress," she said, drawing loud applause from hundreds of Chicago's business executives and civic leaders who were gathered at a luncheon to raise money for a new antiviolence initiative.