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Obamas Get New Portrait

White House releases new family photo

(Newser) - The first family has a new portrait: President and Michelle Obama posed with daughters Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13, in the Oval Office for the new photo, snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza, notes People . Last time around, in 2009, Annie Leibovitz did the honors. Click here to see... More »

Laura on Dubya: We Depend on Each Other

Former first lady dishes on Kindles and political criticism

(Newser) - Laura Bush continues the publicity blitz for new memoir Spoken From the Heart with a sit-down with Ladies Home Journal . Highlights:
  • Texas meets DC: "All his Midland friends would come to the Oval Office and say, 'I can't believe I'm here.' And then they looked at him: [They]
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Barack and Michelle: The First Romantics

Pair redefine president-first lady relationship

(Newser) - Like no other couple before them, Barack and Michelle Obama have made their romance a central feature of his presidency—even his inauguration night seemed like a wedding, the new first lady dressed in white, the couple dancing to a love song. Their marriage is the subject of a 7,... More »

Leibovitz Shoots First Family

Sasha, Malia throw arms around parents in White House portrait

(Newser) - New screen saver, anyone? The White House released a new Obama family portrait taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. The First Family sat in the White House’s Green Room for the picture, at left. More »

Obamas Have Dinner, Racists Erupt

Response shows ugly nature of American mood: Silva

(Newser) - This weekend Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Silva wrote up a pool report about Barack and Michelle Obama's quiet anniversary dinner—and quickly found it flooded, on a Sunday, with hundreds of angry comments. Many focused on the first couple's use of a motorcade, which every president has used, but several... More »

Michelle Looks Bad in Shorts—Now You Can, Too

(Newser) - You know it's a slow week when news outlets track down "experts" to discuss the effect Michelle Obama's shorts will have on the White House, writes Belinda Luscombe for Time. The thing is, the shorts she wore on Sunday as she stepped out of Air Force One actually are... More »

Obamas Ride Wave of Interest in National Parks

Yellowstone-bound first family will add to record number of visitors

(Newser) - The Obama family will visit Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon this weekend, doing their part to add to this year's already-booming national parks attendance figures, USA Today reports. Yellowstone hit a record high of 900,500 visitors in July—up 11% from last year, and 6% over the 1995 record—... More »

White House Wants Ad With Obama Girls Pulled

(Newser) - A doctors' group wants to know why all schoolkids can't have what the Obama girls are having in their swank private school lunches, reports the Washington Post, and the White House wants the group to mind its own Ps and Qs. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine posted posters in... More »

Obamas Will Visit Yellowstone, Grand Canyon

(Newser) - President Obama will visit two national parks during a family trip to the Mountain West next week, the Denver Post reports. The first family will travel to to Colorado and Montana in addition to Wyoming, home of Yellowstone, and Arizona, where they'll see the Grand Canyon. More »

Early-Morning Dog Walks Fall to ... Michelle

It's a good thing the first lady likes Bo

(Newser) - Turns out the first daughters are a lot like kids everywhere, People reports. “Even though the kids are supposed to do a lot of the work, I’m still up at 5:15am taking my dog out,” Michelle Obama told a group of congressional spouses yesterday. “So... More »

Obamas Keep Celeb Media on Short Leash

Obamas polish image through careful offering to celebrity mags

(Newser) - As the nation gets to know the first family, it may seem as if we're watching "a reality show set on the glorified soundstage at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.," the Los Angeles Times reports, but what we're seeing is in fact a meticulously crafted image. Information about the Obamas... More »

And the Winner Is ... Portuguese Water Dog

(Newser) - After a wait that felt almost as long as the presidential campaign, the Obamas have decided to adopt a Portuguese water dog, People reports. Her daughters can hardly wait, Michelle Obama said. “So Sasha says, 'April 1st.' I said, 'April.' She says, 'April 1st.' It's, like,... More »

First Family: Day 1

(Newser) - Guess who beat out the world's media to snag the best vantage point to film today's historic inauguration? Malia Obama not only watched her father from a front-row seat, but also brought along her camera, reports Australia's News Network. The 10-year-old and her sister, Sasha, 7, lit up the stage... More »

Hypoallergenic Dog Is Tall Tail: Allergists to Obama

It's the dander, not the hair, that usually causes problems; steps recommended

(Newser) - Barack Obama plans to acquire a hypoallergenic dog because of daughter Malia’s allergies, but doctors have bad news, the AP reports. No canine is “truly ‘hypoallergenic,’” an allergists group says. “It is falsely believed that a dog that sheds less will not cause a... More »

First Family Readies for Leap to DC

Obama daughters will be youngest in White House for decades

(Newser) - Barack Obama will arrive at the White House in January with the three women he has missed most during two years on the campaign trail: his wife and daughters. But while the president-elect prepares his transition, his family must navigate its own move from the cadre of family and... More »

Jesse's Face Spoke for Millions

Jesse Jackson's tears expressed so many possible thoughts

(Newser) - Not long after the networks declared Barack Obama the next American president, writes Rebecca Traister in Salon, the years worth of emotions that led up to that moment flashed across the face of Jesse Jackson. In minutes, the civil rights leader's expression transformed from a still one of disbelief, (or... More »

McCain's Daughter Blogs About Trail Life, Not Politics

Meghan, 23, prefers candid snapshots of the grind over policy statements

(Newser) - Potential first daughter Meghan McCain has been blogging about life on the campaign trail, focusing on Henry Kissinger’s shoes and iTunes playlists rather then the finer points of policy, the Los Angeles Times reports. Candidates’ children are often deployed to humanize their parents—in carefully choreographed ways—but McCain’... More »

Margaret Truman Daniel Dead

First Daughter went on to act, sing and write

(Newser) - Margaret Truman Daniel died today at 83 after breaking the mold of First Daughter and embarking on careers in singing, acting, and writing, the Los Angeles Times reports. The go-getter braved opera critics as a singer in the 1940s and '50s before acting alongside Jimmy Stewart on radio and television.... More »

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