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Is the First Lady little bit country?  Michelle Obama will be guest starring on May 7th episode of "Nashville."

ABC has announced that Obama will star as herself in an episode that also has a cameo from singer Kellie Pickler.  The episode has Rayna James organizing a charity concert at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  I have no doubt that even the First Lady won't be able to stop major drama from happening!

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has made several television appearances lately as part of her "Let's Move!" initiative.  She has already appeared on the sets of "Sesame Street, " "iCarly" and reality show, "The Biggest Loser."  Expect to see her on a future episode of "Parks and Recreation" as well!

I'm looking forward to the episode -- and "Nashville" in general.  It's one of my favorites!

Photo:  WENN

by Meg at . Comments
funeral selfie goes viral

While attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, a potentially sleep-deprived President Barack Obama took part in what might be construed as a disrespectful act.

He appeared to be having a grand time interacting with the Danish Prime Minister as his wife tried to maintain the proper decorum reserved for such occasions.

We loved this Twitter response that was posted by self-described talker and writer Erick Erickson of RedState.com:

well said

He prefaced the above remark with this tweet, "Did the President really take a selfie at a funeral?  It appears the First Lady did not approve."


POTUS posed for the controversial funeral selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt.  The Danish Prime Minister captured the moment with her smartphone.

Judging by the look and body language exhibited by First Lady Michelle Obama, she was NOT amused.  A series of photos showing Obama and Thorning-Schmidt, 46, laughing conspiratorially were captured by photographers and have since gone viral on social media - see below.

Three former U.S. president's attended the funeral at FNB stadium in Johannesburg with the sitting president and his wife.  George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were among the diplomats who made the trip, along with former First Lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton.

clinton and bush with their wives

Bush posted several photos on his Instagram page -- including one with musician-humanitarian Bono:
w and bono

Check out video that shows the animated conversation between Obama and his Danish seat mate -- followed by the dirty looks that the leader of the free world got from his wife.  At some point she and he exchange places when it became apparent that the two needed to be separated:


Photos:  Twitter-Agence France-Presse, Twitter-Erick Erickson, Instagram-George W Bush

by Meg at . Comments
kanye west campaigning for kim kardashian

Kanye West is on a one-man crusade to get "his girl" Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue magazine.

He recently said during a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest, "There's no way Kim Kardashian shouldn't be on the cover of Vogue.  She's, like, the most intriguing woman right now.  She's got Barbara Walters calling her, like, every day.  And collectively, we're the most influential with clothing."

Then he took a strange swipe at the First Family.  "No one is looking at what the president is wearing.  Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a sexy swimsuit pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day."

His point, we surmise, is that the First Lady has appeared on the cover of Vogue a number of times and thus far "his girl" is not considered a legitimate cover choice.

West remains hopeful because Carine Roitfeld, the former editor of French Vogue, "totally gets" Kim.  She purred, "In my industry, beauty is a talent.  People used to be, 'What is Kim talented at?'  She's talented at being beautiful!"

Editor Anna Wintour has actually gone so far as to ban Kim Kardashian from past Vogue events and cropped her out of a Met Gala photograph that was used in the magazine.

Kanye West seems to have taken the place of Kim's mom-manager in promoting his future wife.  He recently suggested that she deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He also suggests that she will drop the name Kardashian and become Kim West after their walk down the aisle.

Clearly the man is delusional...

kanye challenges michelle obama to post bikini selfie

Photos:  WENN, Instagram-Kim Kardashian, Vogue

by Meg at . Comments
barack obama when his hair was still free of gray

Barack Obama is celebrating his 52nd birthday today.  The president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961 -- as evidenced by his now infamous birth certificate that became an obsession for Donald Trump during both presidential campaigns.

First Lady Michelle Obama posted a vintage photo on Twitter that she captioned, "Happy birthday Barack!  Your hair's a little grayer, but I love you more than ever. -mo

Late last week Mrs. Obama posted a Throwback Thursday "Fab four" image of her family that was taken when Malia and Sasha were perhaps 4 and 1.  They are now 15 and 12.

throwback thursday fab four

The entire family will be heading to Martha's Vineyard on August 10 to begin an 8 day vacation at a luxury rented estate valued at $7.6 million -  estate photos here.

Extended family members expected to join the Obamas include Michelle's mother Marion Robinson and her brother Craig Robinson, the head men's basketball coach at Oregon State University.

Craig Robinson, 51, has two sons with his second wife Kelly -- Austin, 2, and Aaron, 1.  His two older children, Avery, 20, and Leslie, 16, were born during his first marriage.  That union ended in divorce in 2000.

In case you were wondering -- his sister Michelle, 49, will be celebrating a milestone birthday on January 17, 2014.

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

Photo:  Twitter-FLOTUS

by Meg at . Comments
michelle obama and daughters lunch with bono family

First lady Michelle Obama and her children joined U2 frontman Bono and his family for lunch Tuesday at a traditional Irish pub.

In addition to his successful career in music, rocker Paul David Hewson is a venture capitalist and humanitarian.

Accompanying the musician for a fish and chips lunch date at Finnegan's Pub in Dalkey were his wife Ali Hewson and their two youngest children, sons Elijah, 13, and John, 11.

bono and ali hewson

Bono and his family arrived just before 1:00 p.m.  Eyeing the gathering crowd, the U2 musician joked, "I thought this was a secret."

A fleet of black armored vehicles arrived outside the pub twenty minutes later, carrying Mrs. Obama, and her daughters. Sasha Obama turned 12 last week and her sister Malia Obama will celebrate her 15th birthday on July 4.

While the majority of the Obama family dined with Irish royalty, Barack Obama was attending the 39th G8 Summit at the Lorgh Erne Resort in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

We've included a photo of the First Family posing in a garden area on the White House lawn:

recent pic of the first family

Photo:  Twitter-IerlandToerisme

by Meg at . Comments
michelle obama and prince harry

Prince Harry was a special guest of Michelle Obama at the White House yesterday, joining the First Lady in the East Room for a Mother's Day tea party attended by members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

It was the second stop on the 28-year-old on his U.S. tour.  Earlier in the day Harry was accompanied by Sen. John McCain to view an exhibit at the Russell Senate Office Building for one of his charities -- landmine clearance group The Halo Trust.  This was a pet project of his mother, the late Princess Diana.

Harry, a helicopter pilot who has served in Afghanistan, will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Arlington National Cemetery, honoring service men and women who died in combat and will also tour Walter Reed Medical Center during the Washington D.C. leg of his journey.

Before heading west he will also tour the Hurricane Sandy destruction on the Jersey Shore.

The Prince will then attend the opening ceremony of the Warrior Games in Denver, Colorado, an event for more than 200 wounded service personnel--where he'll undoubtedly be cheering on the British team.

Will he stop in Las Vegas?  Not a chance.


Photo:  Video Screen Grab

by Meg at . Comments
michelle obama covers vogue april 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama graces the April 2013 cover and inside pages of Vogue magazine with some decidedly flattering photos captured by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The 49-year-old wife of second term president Barack Obama appears to be feeling a great deal of liberation -- or is it simply those amazing bangs that have transformed her entire vibe?  In any case, she looks wonderful!

During a photo shoot that included POTUS, Leibovitz remarked, "There's a lot of huggin' going on.  You're a very different kind of president and First Lady."

Despite all of obvious obligations associated with residing in the White House, Michelle claims, "Our number-one priority is making sure that our family is whole."

The president believes they have remained grounded.  "We were pretty much who we are by the time I hit the national scene.  We didn't grow up and come of age under a spotlight.  We were anonymous folks.  I was a state senator, but nobody knows who a state senator is.  So most of our 30s and 40s were as a typical middle-class family... That really didn't change until I was 45.  And there is something about having lived a normal life and raised kids."

Check out another photo of the first couple below:

first couple vogue april 2013

Photos:  Facebook-Vogue, Annie Leibovitz

by Meg at . Comments
white house stomps on tabloid rumor

The White House was quick to squelch a weekend tabloid claim suggesting that Adele and Beyonce have been tapped to perform during a 50th birthday bash for Michelle Obama.

An official told NBC, "This is 100 percent false.  It was fabricated by a British tabloid."

The Daily Mail reported on Saturday, "America's first lady will be holding a huge celebrity-packed party for her birthday at the White House next year and, as she adores Adele and Beyonce, she has asked them both to sing."

The bogus story continued, "Adele has graciously accepted and waived her usual fee for the high-profile private performance.  She will sing a selection of her most-loved hits for the first lady and her friends."

The First Lady turned 49 on January 17 and joked about her new hairdo during an appearance on 'The Rachael Ray Show,' "This is my midlife crisis, the bangs.  I can't get a sports car.  They won't let me bungee-jump.  So instead, I cut my bangs."

Photos:  WENN

by Meg at . Comments
evolution of mom dancing

In support of the First Lady's "Let's Move" campaign, Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama created 'The Evolution of Mom Dancing' video.

The decidedly pretty-in-pink Late Show host started things out and was soon joined by MO for a demonstration of the latest cool dance moves.

The pair put their personal spin on Raise the Roof, The Hip Bump, The Sprinkler, Reel It In, Driving the Station Wagon and The Happy Snapper.

They even tried a few 'Single Ladies' hand gestures before morphing into a whacked out version of The Electric Slide.   Fallon threw in the towel when Mrs. Obama broke into The Dougie.

Good stuff ... check out all of their dance moves below:


Photos:  Video Screen Grabs

by Meg at . Comments
michelle obama second official portrait

Michelle Obama has a new official portrait that will be prominently displayed on the White House website under the Administration tab that provides her biography data.

The opening details describe the First Lady as "first and foremost, Malia and Sasha's mom."

During her husband's second term in office, the website states, "As First Lady, Mrs. Obama looks forward to continues her work on the issues closest to her heart -- supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and art education, and fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country."

Michelle recently celebrated her 49th birthday by changing her hairstyle to a fresher look that incorporated a great looking fringe of bangs.  Check out her "midlife crisis" Skype discussion with Rachael Ray.

For a walk down memory lane, we've included the previous official portrait of the First Lady.  Let us know which you prefer.  We think it's a no-brainer -- those bangs seriously rock!

michelle obamas first official portrait

The media has pointed out that the presidency ages the nation's commander-in-chief prematurely.  We've included the official portraits of Barack Obama taken at the beginning of his first term and following his second inauguration.  He appears to be holding up well at age 51 -- despite the appearance of some grey hair.


first term and second term portraits of potus

Photos:  Twitter-White House

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