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Presidential Class Acts

Lets face it, George W. Bush has been a far better ex-President than President. And if you have a heart that is still beating, it is very hard not to fall under Michelle Obama’s spell.

In any event, the two couples have tried to exemplify what Politics should be in this country.

For Some, Bush-Obama Rapport Recalls a Lost Virtue: Political Civility

Maybe it was the unexpected warmth of the gesture, the sheer enveloping display of affection.

Maybe it was his response, the beatific expression on his face, eyes almost closed, head tilted toward her shoulder.

Maybe it was the moment: tenderness at a time when presidential politics has become a festival of cruelty.

But when Michelle Obama hugged former President George W. Bush on Saturday, at a ceremony to open the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the image quickly took flight online.

However one chose to interpret it — and overinterpretation is a hazard in such exercises — it became an instant metaphor. Some saw the lost virtue of civility in politics; others, the unlikely friendships that blossom at the rarefied heights of public life. To critics on the left, it was a shameful case of political amnesia by the wife of a president who spent years cleaning up the mess left by his predecessor.

Mrs. Obama and Mr. Bush have had a few such memorable moments. In July in Dallas at a memorial service for five police officers killed by an Army veteran, the two held hands while singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” When Mr. Bush began swaying to the music, Mrs. Obama gamely let him swing her arm back and forth. At one point, as the choir sang “glory, glory hallelujah,” he turned to her in a burst of enthusiasm, causing the first lady to crack up, despite the solemnity of the occasion.

In June 2012, when Mr. Bush returned to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait, he aimed a few wisecracks at President Obama. But he saved his best material for Mrs. Obama, reminding her that when British soldiers set fire to the White House in 1814, another first lady, Dolley Madison, rescued the portrait of the first George W. — as in Washington.

“Now, Michelle,” he said, gesturing to his own painting, “if anything happens, there’s your man.”

Some of these encounters are explained by proximity. When the Obamas and the Bushes appear in public together, protocol dictates that Mrs. Obama stand next to Mr. Bush. Some of it is a function of the former president’s playful manner, which by all accounts has become more playful in his retirement.

But some of it also has to do with the relationship between the couples, which current and former officials say has deepened over the past seven and a half years, both because of the shared bond of living in the White House and because of Mr. Bush’s decorum as an ex-president.

 

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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That Presidential Couch…

The Prez certainly has an appreciation for beautiful women…

If you thought Michelle was standing still for that…

President Obama and California AG Kamla Harris

 

President Obama and Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw

 

The Prez getting charmed at a State Dinner

The Prez Moving to his next Executive Bedroom?

Michelle brings the Prez up short…

Somehow, I don’t think Michelle is worried.

 

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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President Obama Requires 12 Stitches – The Real Reason!

President Obama had to have a bit of medical care yesterday after playing Basketball…

Well… That’s the official story.

Think he got clocked by a right cross by Michelle… And here’s why:

Michelle Obama: I’ll ‘Never Get Sick of Talk About My Arms’

Remember the hullabaloo over Michelle Obama’s gunboats? That was great, the first lady tells Barbara Walters in a lighter moment of the first couple’s interview. Walters notes that Obama is wearing sleeves, reports the Huffington Post, and asks if she’s sick of the chatter. Responds Obama: “I will never get sick of people talking about my toned arms. If it’s a positive compliment, I am a woman, just, like, bring it on. I’m cool with it. But no, I still wear what I like and enjoy, and I thought this dress is pretty.”

As for the guy on her arm, he’ll “definitely notice” what she’s wearing, says the first lady. Maybe to a fault: “Sometimes it’s a little irritating. Because it’s like, ‘is that new?'” she says. “It’s like, well, well—stay out of my closet!” The president tells Walters “I’m not rifling through” her closet, but adds that Michelle “looks good, generally.

OK guys… Do you really think you aren’t in for a night on the couch, or having something thrown at you…

For saying your Lady “looks good…Generally”?

Remember George Bush…

“Eating a pretzel and falling?”

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Sasha Style

OK Dads, our little girls are the light of our worlds – but all too often their world is a complete mystery to us. Taking your little one shopping can be more challenging than being lost in the jungles of Borneo. Trying to pick out a present they will like can be more stressful than deciding to invade Iran or nuke North Korea.

Perhaps, for a short while – we may indeed have a key, which while it won’t unlock the psychology of the Tweenie set…

At least it may give us a leg up on not feeling like complete buffoons when she opens that carefully wrapped box to our anticipation of seeing that special bright light in her eyes…

Sasha Style! (I’m sure the Moms, as usual were so far ahead on this as to leave us Dads in the dust… again!)

Like her mother Michelle, Sasha Obama has become a style setter. Among the tweenie set, Sasha’s appearence in a Gap Kids top can empty stores from coast to coast. What is even more incredible, is Michelle seems to seek to keep the kid’s fashion choices selected from ordinary stores, at prices not requiring that we sell off a few States to meet the deficit.

Not only is our Nation’s First Baby Girl beautiful – but it turns out – in the eyes of her harshest critics, other tweenies – she is stylish, too.
Sasha Obama: Style Icon

Pictures of Michelle Obama in Spain surfaced last week amid criticism that she was a “modern-day Marie Antoinette.” The Jean-Paul Gaultier top she wore for sight-seeing drew as much heat as the price of the trip. But by her side, an unlikely style star emerged: 9-year-old Sasha Obama. While the Obama entourage hoofed it through the coastal town of Ronda, Sasha looked comfortable in a pair of reasonably priced Nikes. She danced on the beach in a $25 Gap rainbow bathing suit. To lunch with the Spanish royal family on the Balearic island of Mallorca, Sasha showed up in a yellow J.Crew tutu and tank top, a wrist full of fake pearls, and a frayed blue lanyard dangling around her ankle. The whole look cost roughly $75. She was the very image of a normal American girl.
Since Obama took office last January, Sasha and Malia’s style has evolved in the public eye. When the girls appeared alongside their parents in Grant Park on Election Night, Sasha pulled heartstrings in a black baby-doll dress. The piece, by Gerson & Gerson, which retailed for $72 at Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s, was instantly renamed “The Sasha” by the designer…
This new appetite for all-things-Sasha may be due in large part to her wholesome look—one that is a sharp departure from the scandalous outfits of other teen and preteen role models. (Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Leon, debuted a vaguely vampy junior’s collection at Macy’s last week, with 17-year-old grunge queen Taylor Momsen as its face.) “Sasha wears more grownup pieces and makes them look her age,” says Kristen Dolyzysnski, designer of girls’ knits and concept girl gender at Gap Kids. “It’s a good message for girls that you don’t have to look like someone not your age to look sophisticated.”
A few weeks after Chelsea Clinton’s couture Vera Wang wedding dress riveted the media, Sasha is sending the message that first daughter style can come on the cheap. The affordability of Sasha’s clothes, according to Mary Tomer, “makes Mrs. Obama and Sasha Obama all the more relatable.” She says that Sasha’s style choices communicate a “vibrant and playful—yet entirely unique—American childhood.”
OK – So when is some enterprising Web entrepreneur going to open up a web site to give Dad’s a leg up on the style choices of their little ones? Maybe with convenient shipping and gift wrapping?
Might I suggest the name Sasha Style?
 
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Posted by on August 12, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Who’s in Charge?

Categorized under “You may run the world, buddy – but in this house Momma rules”…

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Posted by on November 23, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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