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Okay, I’ll admit it — this isn’t from the White House Flickr, but I’m saying it is anyway. Last night, the Obama family lit the Christmas tree. As usual, the pictures are amazing. Right here, the Obama family reacts after Sasha turns on the lights. Literally, you should go through all the pictures right now. They are such an adorable family.
Have you seen the picture of Bo Obama, the new First Dog? Can you get any more adorable?!? Also, The Washington Post posted the photo (see above) on their website of Barack and Bo running through the White House. That’s one lucky dog. To read more about Presidential Pets, check out The Daily Beast’s photo gallery here.
Last night President Obama did a White House first by hosting a Passover Seder dinner for the Jewish holiday. Isn’t it crazy to think that no President before him had ever done such a thing? Clinton didn’t. Neither Bush did. Obama was the FIRST. However, two of Obama’s highest profile Jewish staffers didn’t attend the Seder: Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Strategist David Axelrod. Anyway, that’s still pretty cool that Obama did that. He has been really goingo ut of his way to open up the White House to people of all backgrounds. It is also somewhat ironic that Obama was once accused of being a secret Muslim, and now he’s hosting a Jewish dinner. Let’s see what the Republicans say about him now. Keep it up, Barack. Shabbat Shalom!
Actor Kal Penn, whom most of us met during the campaign, will soon be working in the White House as the associate director of the White House office of public liaison. Penn, who has said he wishes to enter politics, likes public service, despite the significant pay cut, because of what his grandparents taught him:
It’s probably because of the value system my grandparents instilled in me. They marched with Gandhi in the Indian independence movement, and that was always in the back of my head. [Source]
Penn describes his new office as “the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House.”
This could be the First Couch! Design by Michael S. Smith.
Today, the Obama family announced they would be redecorating the White House’s private quarters. While it is traditional for the First Family to spruce up the WH to their liking, the Obama’s are doing something entirely unique: they are funding the remodeling entirely out of pocket.
The First Family is traditionally allotted 100,000 dollars for sprucing up and usually draws on financial donations from the White House Historical Association. However, The Office of the Frist Lady announced today they “are not using public funds or accepting donations of goods for redecorating their private quarters.”
Although this is a small statement amid our much larger financial woes, it’s nice to see the Obama’s making sensible, respectful decisions. Michelle had previously promised to not use taxpayer funds for decorating and even tossed around the idea of using Pottery Barn in the First Family’s quarters. To put the spending into perspective, the last purchase for the White House Historical Association was a 74,000 dollar set of china for Laura Bush. Go figure.
And for those of you who are HGTV dorks like myself (looking at you Zach Martin), the Obama’s have hired Michael S. Smith, a notable California designer known for ” â€œOld World classicism with very contemporary settings.” In the past he was worked for Steven Spielberg and Rupert Murdoch.Â (Source NYMag)
Most people know the mad love I have for the Obama Art Report and all the snazzy politically charged art it posts. Wooster Collective, the original site that found these images in a New York subway, is very similar to the Obama Art Report but solely focuses on street art. If you can’t read the bottom of the second poster, it reads, “Out of the White house, but not offÂ the hook. Arrest Cheney and Bush for crimes of high treason.” Admittedly, that is a bit harsh, but it is definitely one slick image.
Michelle Obama’s official White House portrait, unveiled today.
According to a CBS News/New York Times poll this week, the first lady’s approval ratings are impressive: 49 percent of those polled view her favorably, and only 5 percent view her unfavorably (i.e. are intimidated by her awesomeness). This rating is more positive than the previous four first ladies in their initial time at the White House.
Loveliness after the jump.
Keeping it real.
I could be a little biased when I say President Obama’s website (well, all 548922664 of them?) is one of the classiest among world leaders. Maybe Dana, Kyra, and Lindsay — and the plethora of Comm majors in Dems — can back me up, but it is really about creating a signature. Both WhiteHouse.gov and Recovery.gov are not only in the same streamlined, elegant style, they are also very accessible. It is easy to find pages and the website is easy on the eyes with good pictures and a lovely font. In comparison, check out the websites of Queen Elizabeth II, Nicolas Sarkozy (I do like the video embed!), Manmohan Singh, and finally, Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka. Not bad, but I think BO puts them in the dust.
Some of you may snicker and think, “Site aesthetics? Really, Nina? Who cares?” Still, details like these make all the difference.Â For example, think about the elderly Americans who have trouble navigating websites; a logically organized website is a clear necessity. Furthermore, such sites put a face to not only our President, but also to the country itself. It’s especially good to see Recovery.gov up and running. After all, Obama ran on accountability and transparency: this is only the first step!
Bad ass, no?
Blogojevich, whining Republicans, errant bird attacks, artic chill, a stimulus package, and an Inauguration have all clutivated into this Weekly Blog Digest. We live in a strange times when Democrats have won a majority in this nation, yet Republicans still reign supreme and someone with a name like Boehner is making jokes about stimulus packages.
Welcome to the United States of America.
From Daily Intel: Senator Schumer wants a posse.
From Talking Points Memo: All the good, liberal things in the stimulus package. We seem to forget that this bill is not entirely evil and not entirely corrupted by Republican. Take, for example, the massive funding for eduction!
From Slate: Answering the great questions of our day: Why are there so many brawls at karaoke bars?
From The Huffington Post: PARTY AT W.H. 7:30!!!!!!!11!!!1!!! THEME: STIMULUS HOES AND TAX CUT BROS
From The Huffington Post: Al Gore.
From Indexed: A pictoral explanation of the inauguration.
From KANYE WEST: Kanye West reports in from Paris fashion shows… AMAZING (Video)
From Salon: The Obama Administration enters a White House technologically equipped for the Carter Administration.
From Lifehacker: the most ticketed cars on the road.
From Youtube: Watch this.
Â We’ve all seen those movies, what its like to have your daddy work in the oval house and have secret service nannying you. It just sounds like the most picturesque thing. Well, after an exciting inauguration, Malia and Sasha invited their friends over to watch movies and do a white house scavenger hunt. Clue after clue eventually led them to a room where the Jonas Brothers were waiting inside! That is just way too cool.