12:53 PM EDT 12/05/2013
Originally posted 12/05/2013 11:40AM
We've all been there: Christmastime makes everything more intense and everything is just emotional and then someone's in your way and ...
Okay, we're not going to accuse junior first dog Sunny Obama of going all Grinch on a 2-year-old at Wednesday's White House holiday celebration. We would never imply that little Ashtyn Gardner was anything but lovely before she took the tumble to top all tumbles – the fall to dethrone Jennifer Lawrence as the Queen of Highly Public Falls. She definitely did not – just speculating – poke fun at his dark chocolate replica featured in the annual gingerbread display. She would never.
Either way, what went down at the decor unveiling could totally sabotage Sunny's approval rating. As the children of military families gathered for a day of crafts and festive fun, Gardner's well-intentioned run-in with Sunny turned into the stuff Michelle Obama's nightmares are made of.
To be fair, Sunny only startled the tot, who then stepped back and tripped over a walker (watch below). Still, we know you're new here Sunny. We know it's your first Christmas in the White House. But you're doing it wrong.
Originally posted 12/05/2013 08:00AM
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Originally posted 11/30/2013 07:00PM
It's a question a lot of parents of teens and preteens struggle with: how much access should their kids get to sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, told Barbara Walters in a sit-down interview on ABC's 20/20 on Friday that while their oldest daughter, Malia, 15, has limited access to Facebook, her little sister, Sasha, 12, isn't old enough for that.
"I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people ... particularly for them, because they're in the public eye," the first lady said. "Some of it's stuff they don't need to see and be a part of ... So we try to protect them from too much of the public voice."
Originally posted 11/30/2013 09:45AM
The holiday season just got a little merrier at the White House.
First lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, received a special delivery on Friday morning: an 18.5 ft. Christmas tree.
With dogs Sunny and Bo on hand, the dressed-up family – sans the President – had smiles on their faces as a horse-drawn carriage pulled up to the North Portico of the executive mansion with its precious cargo.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 11:35AM
Judging by their names, they already sound like snacks. But in fact, Caramel and Popcorn are both trying desperately not to get eaten.
They are the two turkeys locked in a battle this week for the most hallowed prize in turkeydom: the traditional Thanksgiving pardon from President Obama.
And they need your vote.
Originally posted 11/23/2013 10:20AM
While attending the Maryland Terrapins vs. Oregon State Beavers basketball game with her family, the 12-year-old creates a fashion frenzy with her whimsical knitwear.
Originally posted 11/09/2013 05:45PM
Blake Lively can add one more item to her resumé: inspirational White House speaker.
First Lady Michelle Obama invited the Gossip Girl actress to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Friday to speak to a gathered group of high school students interested to learn more about careers in film.
Lively, 26, joined Whoopi Goldberg, Naomie Harris, Harvey Weinstein and others to shed light on the realities of working in the film industry.
Originally posted 11/03/2013 08:00AM
In a week that saw Saturday Night Live come under the microscope of The New York Times for the program's lack of diversity, specifically where black women cast members were concerned, the show cold-opened Saturday night with a skit starring guest host Kerry Washington, satirizing the situation – and even culminating with a pre-"Live from New York, It's Saturday Night" announcement from the Rev. Al Sharpton.
"What have we learned from this sketch?" Sharpton said, speaking directly to the camera. "As usual, nothing."
In the course of the sketch, the Scandal star played Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey (rather broadly) but drew the line when the name Beyoncé came up.
But the relevant topic was touched upon head on, although mock-seriously.
Originally posted 09/24/2013 12:15PM
He's the leader of the Free World and seemingly fearless in the face of peril. Yet much like millions of other men around the world, there is one thing President Barack Obama admits terrifies him: his wife's wrath.
But fortunately for the Commander-in-Chief, it appears First Lady Michelle Obama uses her power for good.
On Monday, a live microphone caught the President telling an attendee at the UN General Assembly meeting that he quit smoking because "I'm scared of my wife," New York's Daily News reports.
Originally posted 09/11/2013 08:40AM
As bells tolled solemnly, Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday with the reading of the names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.
At a morning ceremony on the 2-year-old memorial plaza at the site of the World Trade Center, relatives recited the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked jets crashed into the twin towers and the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa. They also recognized the victims of the 1993 trade center bombing.
In Washington, President Barack Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, walked out to the White House's South Lawn for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. – the time the first plane struck the south tower in New York. Another jetliner struck the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m.
"Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away, the lives that might have been," Obama said.
A moment of silence was also held at the U.S. Capitol.
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