Polichicks: January 2009 Archives
hearts does not heart Bill O'Reilly of Fox News. The actress called O'Reilly to the carpet in her blog for some not-so-nice comments that he made about her. She wrote:
Last week, Mr. Bill O'Reilly and some really classy sites (i.e.TMZ) insinuated I was dumb by claiming Sweden was a neutral country. I appreciate the fact that he is a news anchor and that gossip sites are inundated with intelligent reporting, but seriously people...it's so sad to me that you think the only neutral country during WWII was Switzerland. Check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden_during_World_War_II if you want to see what I was referring to. I appreciate the name calling and the accurate reporting. Keep it up!!
In addition to reading O'Reilly the riot act, Alba blogged about her experiences attending the inaugural festivities in Washington D.C.
Read more of her blog here, and watch her inaugural video diary below.
Dads can be so embarassing! They like to publicly tell stories about us that they either know or should know we don't want them to tell.
Malia Obama's dad is no different. In the video above, President Obama squeels that Malia is totally sweating the Jonas Brothers, and that he bet her $5 that she'll get all tongue-tied when she meets them. (The video was shot behind the scenes at the DNC before the election. Malia has since met the Jonas Brothers.)
The Huffington Post 's account of the video:
Obama first enters the room dancing, then asks Michelle "Whose iPod are we using? Malia's? A little Jonas Brothers?" Which reminds Michelle: she has a surprise for the girls. She's going on the "Ellen" Show with special guests...you guessed it!...the Jonas Brothers. The girls are not in school, so they're coming along. Barack high-fives Michelle and declares "That's big! Don't tell them at all. Particularly because I've got a bet with Malia because she's been talking about when she sees her Jonas Brother favorite ... what's his name? Nick ... when she sees Nick, she's going to be all sophisiticated. And I said, 'Malia, I will bet you $5 that you will stammer and not have anything to say when you see Nick.' So she's all, 'No, no, I'm sure I'll say I'm a really big fan...' you know Malia, acting all sophisticated... 'and I really enjoy his music'. I said, you won't say that!...So we've got a $5 bet." He continues, "I won't really take her money," then goes back to checking his Blackberry.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who faces impeachment for allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama's open senate seat, tells Diane Sawyer that he considered appointing Oprah Winfrey as Obama's replacement. Blagojevich said that he decided against offering the seat to Oprah because he didn't think she would take it.
Well, of course she wouldn't take it. A power position for most, a job as U.S. Senator seems a little small timey for Oprah. Oprah's show, website and magazine give her a supportive audience of millions that senators can only dream of. The woman owns her own television network for goodness sake! Oprah is far more in a position of power right where she is than on the senate floor, dontcha think? She has the power (and the money) to make positive changes globally (not just in Illinois or the U.S.) without having to answer to anyone - not voters, not nobody. Wouldn't make a lick of sense for her to give that up.
Ty, the maker of Beanie Babies, has just introduced the Marvelous Malia and Sweet Sasha dolls to its TyGirlz line. First Lady Michelle Obama does not think they're cute.
"We feel it is inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes," Obama's press secretary, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said in a statement.
Ty denies that the dolls are based on Malia and Sasha Obama. The dolls just happen to be long-haired African American girls named Malia and Sasha like the Obama girls, and it's just a profitable coincidence that the dolls were released just days after President Obama's inauguration.
Do you think the dolls are based on or at least intended to remind consumers of Malia and Sasha Obama? If so, do you think it's appropriate for companies to create and profit from products based on the first children? Put your two cents in the comments.
President and Mrs. Obama dance their first dance as prez and first lady at the Neighborhood Ball, as Beyonce sings At Last by Etta James.
In case you missed it, here's video of the swearing in of Barack Obama as our nation's 1st African American and 44th president. This is actually video of Obama's first swearing in. Justice John G. Roberts stumbled a little during the oath, so he and Obama re-did the whole shebang in private quarters later.
President Bush gave his final news conference as president Tueasday, an event that he dubbed the "ultimate exit interview." He said that he has had a "good strong record" as president. (Um, if he does say so himself... because that's how presidents roll.)
Here's a run down of the good, the bad and the ugly of the Bush Administration (in President Bush's opinion).
* War in Iraq
* Response to Hurrican Katrina
* U.S. interrogation tactics at Guantanamo Bay
The bad and the ugly:
* Failure to find those pesky little weapons of mass destruction
* His focus on social security rather than immigration after the 2004 election
* When he put a "Mission Accomplished" sign on an aircraft carrier following the fall of Saddam Hussein
* Treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib
And then there's his advice to Obama:
* Expect criticsm (And Bush would know.)
* Your "biggest disappointments will come from your so-called friends." (Ooh, details, details, Mr. President! Sounds like delicious gossip!)
Yep, it really is! Your eyes fool you not. We are back on the web.
We guess you could say that we took a longer holiday break than most. But we just can't wait to start dishing on the news with you again. Can't wait - that is - until tomorrow. At first we were eager to write immediately. But then we thought, why do today what we could totally do tomorrow?
So we'll lay back down on the hot pink sand, have another cocktail and peeled grape (compliments of a delicious Brit named Nigel) and get just one more shade darker. See you tomorrow. Same place, new story.