The Week: Most Recent Barack Obama:Obama's Private Life recent posts.en-usTue, 19 Feb 2013 07:05:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Barack Obama:Obama's Private Life from THE WEEKTue, 19 Feb 2013 07:05:00 -05005 ways of looking at Obama's secret golf game with Tiger Woods<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama spent Presidents Day weekend in Palm City, Fla., at an exclusive golf and yacht club called the Floridian. By the time he flew back to Washington on Monday, his three-day golfing trip had drawn "criticism from the Right, shrugs from the Left, and complaints about lack of access from the White House press corps," says George Bennett at&nbsp;<em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. The first two reactions are hardly noteworthy, but the White House correspondents don't usually issue statements like this, from Fox News' Ed Henry, president of the group representing the press corps:</p><p >Speaking on behalf...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:05:00 -0500Is President Obama anti-social?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">A common knock against President Obama is that he's too aloof for the job. While Vice President Joe Biden can put his Republican colleagues at ease with his car salesman's smile and bottomless store of near-nonsensical Joe-isms, Obama reportedly has nothing but disdain for Washington's greasy back-slapping traditions. The thinking goes that if Obama had a little of Bill Clinton's glad-handing magic or Ronald Reagan's sunny disposition, he would have far fewer problems reaching agreements with the GOP on a host of issues.</p><p class="p1">Asked about his alleged misanthropic streak at a news conference on Monday...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:55:00 -0500WATCH: Video of Bo Obama inspecting the White House for the holidays<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>With December nearly upon us, the White House is wasting no time in cornering the cute-animals-giving-season's-greetings market. In the video above, the Obama family's Portuguese water dog Bo "moseys jauntily" through the White House "inspecting" the latest holiday decorations. "Watch and your heart will grow three sizes," says Charlotte Cowles at&nbsp;<em>New York</em>.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/samantha-rollins" ><span class="byline">Samantha Rollins</span></a>Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:50:00 -0500The 'obviously offensive' image of Michelle Obama's face on a slave's body<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>The image: </strong>The cover of the latest issue of Spain's&nbsp;<em>Magazine de Fuera de Serie</em>&nbsp;provocatively features an image of First Lady Michelle Obama's face on the body of a bare-breasted slave. (See the cover at right and below.) The image of the slave was taken from <em>Portrait d'une negresse</em>, a painting by French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist that was completed in 1800, six years after France's abolition of slavery. Many experts say the original painting "is meant to symbolize emancipation and empowerment," says Neetzan Zimmerman at <em>Gawker</em>, and the article accompanying the image &mdash; titled...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 28 Aug 2012 14:20:00 -0400Did Obama fabricate parts of his memoir?<img src="" /></P><p><em>Barack Obama, The Story&nbsp;&mdash; </em>an&nbsp;extraordinarily detailed look at President Obama's early life by&nbsp;<em>The Washington Post</em>'s David Maraniss &mdash; hit bookstores this week, and conservative critics say it's full of evidence that Obama fabricated important parts of his best-selling 1995 memoir, <em>Dreams From My Father</em>. Perhaps most notably, it seems Obama was less than honest about the death of his step-grandfather. (The president's claim that his relative was killed while fighting Dutch troops in Indonesia "was a concocted myth," Maraniss says. In reality, he died hanging drapes.) But...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 20 Jun 2012 18:05:00 -0400'The Choom Gang': 9 juiciest details from Barack Obama's days as a pothead<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The "audacity of dope"? In his memoir&nbsp;<em>Dreams From My Father</em>, Barack Obama admits having smoked marijuana during high school, but newly released excerpts from David Maraniss' upcoming biography <em>Barack Obama: The Story </em>paint a picture of a truly committed pothead.The "giggle-worthy" details &mdash; many attributed to Obama's high school buddies collectively known as "the Choom Gang," after the slang term for smoking marijuana &mdash; are "right out of a buddy stoner flick," says Adam Sorensen at <em>TIME</em>. Here, the most scandalous allegations:<strong><br /><br />1. The Choom Gang<br /></strong>While in high school at the Punahou...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Fri, 25 May 2012 16:08:00 -0400A young Obama in love: 7 takeaways from a juicy biography<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><em>Vanity Fair</em> has published excerpts from <em>Barack Obama: The Story</em>, a forthcoming biography of the president by David Maraniss that focuses on two of Obama's former flames from his days as a student and young graduate in New York City. Obama dated Alex McNear for a brief period in 1982, and Genevieve Cook from December 1983 to May 1985, and Maraniss had access to Obama's letters to McNear and, perhaps most revealingly, to Cook's diary. The previously unseen documents show Obama wrestling with the issues of identity that would later be addressed in his memoir, <em>Dreams From My Father</em>. They also offer...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 02 May 2012 16:10:00 -04008 insights into Barack Obama's pop-culture tastes<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Barack Obama "shored up the hardcore geek vote" Wednesday when a photo surfaced of the "first Geek-in-Chief" flashing the Vulcan hand salute alongside original <em>Star Trek</em> star Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on the series, says TJ Dietsch at <em>Spinoff</em>. President Obama's unabashed love for <em>Star Trek</em>, the most popular sci-fi TV show of all time, is just the latest evidence of his wide-ranging, and some would say impeccable, taste in pop culture. Here, his big <em>Star Trek</em> moment and seven other reasons the nation's often left-leaning critics approve of how he spends his leisure time:&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. The...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 05 Apr 2012 12:41:00 -0400Michelle Obama's 'charming' media assault: A video roundup<img src="" /></P><p>If you've tuned into a talk show recently, odds are you've caught a glimpse of First Lady Michelle Obama, who's been granting a slew of light-hearted interviews to promote her Let's Move fitness initiative, her campaign on behalf of military families, and, above all, herself. Perhaps it's an effort to combat her portrayal as an "angry black woman" in Jodi Kantor's controversial book <em>The Obamas</em>, or a move to make herself more relatable to voters as her husband's re-election campaign kicks into high gear. Regardless, Michelle Obama has danced, hula hooped, and joked through a series of "charming...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 08 Feb 2012 16:28:00 -0500Michelle Obama's rebuttal: I'm not 'some angry black woman'<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> On Wednesday morning, <em>CBS News</em>&nbsp;aired a taped interview with Michelle Obama in which the first lady took issue with the unflattering portrayal of her in&nbsp;<em>New York Times </em>reporter&nbsp;Jodi Kantor's "explosive" new book, <em>The Obamas</em>. (Watch the clip below.) The first lady, who told CBS' Gayle King that she hasn't read the book, denied allegations that she clashed with former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former press secretary Robert Gibbs, and tried to bully her way into West Wing business. "'I guess it's just more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 11 Jan 2012 15:43:00 -0500The new Obama family portrait: 5 talking points<img src="" /></P><p>When the First Family had their first official portrait taken in October 2009, President Obama's daughters were 8 and 11. A lot has changed since then for the White House's occupants, who had their second official portrait taken Dec. 11 with a holiday-bedecked White House as a backdrop (see both portraits below). When the new Obama family portrait was unveiled on Thursday, the commentariat was quick to seize on these five talking points:</p><p><strong>1. This is one convincingly happy-looking family<br /></strong>The first thing to know about the First Family photo is that "it's basically perfect," say Roxanne Roberts and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 16 Dec 2011 10:21:00 -0500Should the Obama kids be allowed to watch the Kardashians?<img src="" /></P><p>Are Malia and Sasha Obama keeping up with the Kardashians? It depends, apparently, on which parent they ask for permission to watch. In an interview with <em>iVillage</em>, Michelle Obama reveals that the President would prefer that the kids steer clear of <em>Keeping Up With the Kardashians</em>, which follows the famous-for-being-famous family as they traipse, bicker, and party through L.A. The First Lady's own position is more lenient: "I sort of feel like if we're talking about [the show]," then it's suitable viewing. "If they're learning the right lessons" &mdash; concluding, for instance, that the Kardashian...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 20 Oct 2011 11:39:00 -0400Petty controversy: Misreading Michelle Obama's lips<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The controversy:</strong> Several far-right bloggers, claiming to be lip-readers, are accusing First Lady Michelle Obama of disparaging the American flag, based on video from a ceremony honoring victims of the 9/11 terrorism attacks (see the video below). In the clip, Mrs. Obama leans toward President Obama and says something &mdash; we can't hear what &mdash; as a bagpipe band plays and uniformed men fold a flag. The president nods in agreement. Though the first lady's mouth is partially obscured, many bloggers insist they know what she said &mdash; either "all this just for a flag," "all that for a flag...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 16 Sep 2011 15:33:00 -0400Obama's summer reading picks: A slideshow<img src="" /></P><p>With President Obama's annual vacation to Martha's Vineyard comes the predictable greeting of fans at a local eatery, the still-on-the-job speech, and, of course, the much-parsed summer reading list announcement. This year's POTUS holiday library &mdash; a selection of six books, some purchased at the local book store Bunch of Grapes &mdash; favors fiction, and eschews the great American biographies that presidents often conspicuously fancy. And while some on the Right contend that these novels reflect badly on the beleaguered Obama,&nbsp;others wonder if taking a break from reality isn't exactly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 24 Aug 2011 10:09:00 -0400Presidents on vacation: A visual retrospective<img src="" /></P><p>Despite criticism from the Right and ongoing economic strife, President Obama and his family settled into their 10-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard this weekend. But, of course, the POTUS can never truly clock out. While Obama enjoyed a round of golf Sunday, rebel fighters were wresting control of Libya's capital city and, by day's end, Obama was back at work issuing a statement. Here, a look back at how other presidents have tried to carve out a little time for themselves.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 22 Aug 2011 17:56:00 -0400Obama's 50th and other presidential birthdays: A visual history<img src="" /></P><p>Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Thursday marks President Obama's 50th birthday. On Wednesday, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson sang for the president before he delivered remarks at a DNC fundraiser in Chicago celebrating the big day. Of course, President Obama is just the latest in a long line of commanders-in-chief to mark their years with notable celebrations. Here are nine others.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 04 Aug 2011 18:27:00 -0400