Big Choices for Obamas: Chef, Church

Special interest groups want to pick Obamas' puppy, church, chef
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 20, 2008 10:06 AM CST
Michelle and the girls have already visited the White House to scope out their new home.   (AP Photo/The White House, Joyce N. Boghosian)
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(Newser) – With the incoming first family's private decisions being scrutinized as breathlessly as the president-elect's cabinet picks, you already know about the battle over the puppy, and the private-or-public-school competition. New York reports on three other hotly contested issues:

  • The French-trained chef hired by Laura Bush may be replaced to reflect the incoming multiculturalism, but by whom? On the short list are Oprah's former chef and that of the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony.

  • Washington churches are clamoring for the Obamas' Sunday mornings. Will they pick the traditional choice of presidents, St. John's Church, or one of several predominantly black congregations?
  • The president will need a place to shoot hoops, but where will it be? Blue-collar folks may resent Obama if he razes the bowling alley for a court, as he once vowed.