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Jay-Z and Beyonce hosted a fundraiser for President Obama at Jay's swank 40/40 club in New York, and Beyonce was smitten by President Barack Obama!  Just look at her gushing at the President in this photo that Jay posted to facebook.  

Adorbs!  How can anyone not love Bey?

And what do we think of Bey's hair, dress, and makeup? Stunning, stunning, and stunning. She wore a curve hugging, red Oscar de la Renta dress and side swept, 1940s glam styled curls.

One hundred people paid forty grand apiece to chill with President Obama, Beyonce and Jay.  Hey, if I were part of the 1%, I'd drop forty gees for this event too, even if for no reason other than Vanity Fair described it as "better than George Clooney's."

Guests mingled and sipped champagne in Jay's newly renovated (to the tune of $10 million) club.  "To Jay and Bey, thank you for your friendship," the President said. "Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls."


Piers Morgan's interview with actress Charlize Theron aired Friday. In addition to chatting about her new movie Young Adult and her hunt for a new man, the actress gave viewers a glimpse into her political background and views:

  • Charlize has voted only twice in her life: once for Nelson Mandela and once for Barack Obama. (C'mon, Charlize, you gotta start voting more often!)

 

  • She wants Democrats to do more. "I wish Democrats would put more action into what they tell people," she told Piers. (Hmm.. in what way, we wonder.  Wish she had gone into more detail on this one.)

 

  • Charlize doesn't think people should be able to go all willy nilly with gun ownership.  "I don't think anyone should have a semiautomatic weapon for anything," she said.  Sadly, the actress is no stranger to gun violence.  In 1991, she saw her mother shoot and kill her father, who was drunk and shooting at Charlize and her mom.  The actress notes that this tragic experince may have influenced her views on gun control.

 

  • She is so in favor of gay marriage.  "I think love is love, and we should all have the same rights."

 

  • Charlize, an immigrant from South Africa, noted that her first language is Afrikaans and she still struggles with her English sometimes.

 

You can check out the trailer for Charlize's new film, Young Adult, below. 

President Obama announced Wednesday that he will appoint pop star Shakira to the President's Advisory Council on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Shakira has been an education advocate since 1995, when she founded the Barefoot Foundation to operate schools and education projects in Columbia, South Africa and Haiti.

In 2010, Shakira and her Barefoot Foundation formed an alliance with the World Bank to create educational programs for children across Latin America. She also served as the 2008 Honorary Chair of the Global Campaign for Education's Global Action Week and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in 2003.

Shakira is a founding member of  Latin America in Solidarity Action, a coalition of artists and business leaders seeking to promote integrated early childhood public policies.

 

 

President Obama issued a statement on the passing of Steve Jobs.  The text of the entire White House press release is below:

 

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

Statement by the President on the Passing of Steve Jobs

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.  By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun.  And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last.  Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo network) star Kyle Richards attended an event for President Barack Obama at The House of Blues tonight.  She live tweeted the event and shared a few photos with fans.  

(Above is a picture she tweeted of her and hubby Mauricio Umansky waiting for the president to arrive. Below isa photo she shared of President Obama at the event.)

Later, Bravo executive and host Andy Cohen announced on Watch What Happens Live that Kyle got to talk to the president:

President Obama: What show are you on?

Kyle: I'm embarrassed to tell you.

President Obama: You can tell me...

Kyle: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

President Obama: I don't watch that but my wife does.


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President Bush was out to dinner with his wife Laura, when President Obama called to tell him that the U.S. captured and killed Osama Bin Laden.

"I didn't... feel any great sense of happiness. Or jubilation," Bush told National Geographic.  "I felt a sense of closure.  I felt a sense of gratitude that justice had been done."

For more, watch National Geographic's exclusive interview with President Bush on the events surrounding 911 and Bin Laden on August 28th.


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The Obama family (l-r: Malia, Sasha, President Obama and Mrs. Obama) watch the World Cup.

President Obama watched the Women's World Cup with his family on Sunday.  

After Japan bested the U.S. team, the president tweeted mad props for Team USA: Couldn't be prouder of #USWNT after a hard-fought game. Congratulations to Japan, Women's World Cup Champions.  

See the rest of the President's tweets (most recent appear first) below:

  1. Incredible performance from #USWNT, no matter what happens. Now on to penalties. Let's win this.
  2. Tough. Gotta bear down now. Let's go #USWNT.
  3. Score is now 2-1 thanks to a beautiful goal by Abby Wambach. #USWNT
  4. Headed into overtime with a score of 1-1. Go Team USA!#USWNT
  5. Remember the quarter finals: this team is indomitable. 1-1 with 10 to go. Let's go, #uswnt
  6. Amazing goal from Alex Morgan. 1-0 USA! #USWNT
  7. So close! Brilliant strike by @AbbyWambach#USWNT
  8. Incredible perseverance by Lauren Cheney -- welcome to Alex Morgan. #USWNT
  9. RT @petesouza Photo of the Obama family watching the World Cup women's soccer game: bit.ly/oUkYmU
  10. Great first half from Team USA -- keep it up in the second!#USWNT
  11. "I'm thinking: Score a goal, be a leader, let's get this done." - @AbbyWambach#USWNT. Game starts in half an hour, and we'll be watching!
  12. To the women of our national soccer team: Sorry I can't be there to see you play, but I'll be cheering you on from here. Let's go. -BO


In an unexpected, televised statement late Sunday night, President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden was captured and killed at his direction in Pakistan. [Washington Post]

UPDATE: Crowds gathering outside the White House chanting USA.  Polichicks changing out of fleece feet pajamas to go check out the action. 

UPDATE: Polichicks debating going to the White House, as Polichicks live on Capitol Hill and would have to give up coveted parking spot.

UPDATE: Aw, what the hell... Let's go.

UPDATE: Okay, so here's the deal: it's basically Mardi Gras in downtown DC by the White House.   Thousands have come (and are still coming) to The White House.  Once we hit 15th and Constitution, we could see crowds of people headed toward the White House, many carrying American flags and shouting "USA! USA!" or the less family-friendly, "Yeeeeah Muddaf*ckaaaaaa!".  We could also hear those already at the White House chanting "USA, USA!" We woulda taken pix for y'all, but we couldn't park and a cop gave us the stink eye when we tried to take pix while driving.  (What?)  We did get a few pix, but they didn't come out so good since they were taken with a cell phone.  (WE know, we know.  What kind of bloggers use cell phone cameras instead of real cameras? Ones that don't get paid.)  Anyhow, we were totally shocked to see how much traffic there is in DC now; it being midnight and all.  We mean, we were like, "Um... Is this rush hour?"  Anyway, that's all for now.  We have to get to bed.  Need that beauty rest.
 

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What's it like when "he" calls, and "he" is President Barack Obama?

Actress Olivia Wilde dishes in the April 2011 issue of Cosmo:

"He was calling to thank me for traveling to Iowa in October 2007 to volunteer for the campaign. I was very professional the whole time we spoke, then I hung up the phone -- or so I thought -- and started squealing for about 15 seconds. I later found out from a friend who was with him that he listened to the shrieking and laughed the entire time.

OMG!  Would you not DIE?!






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President Obama spent 9/11 volunteering with Greater DC Cares. The president helped paint Ron Brown Middle School in Washington DC.

President Barack Obama made Time Magazine's Top 10 list of most popular celebrities on Facebook.  Bested only by Lady Gaga and Vin Diesel (what?), the prez is ranked number 3 with 9,861,349 fans.  Since the list was published Tuesday, the Obama's fan count increased and is now over 10 million and counting.

Other celebs on the list (in rank order, starting with #4) are Megan Fox, Dr. House (Hugh Laurie), Linkin Park, Lil Wayne, Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. 


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Good morning, ladies!


There's a lot to tell today.  

First and foremost, we must share the sad news that the legendary singer, actress, and style icon, Lena Horne, has passed away at 92.  

Always a supporter of civil rights, Ms. Horne became an outspoken activist after performing at an Army base in 1945.  She looked into the audience and saw that German prisoners of war were given front seats to her performance, and American black soldiers were seated in the back. So not cool. [AP/Philly.com]

Let's have a moment of silence in honor of our sister's memory... [silence].... 

We were lucky to have Ms. Horne as long as we did.

In other news, President Obama picked a new Supreme Court nominee, Betty White set the roof on fire at SNL, and life as a White House aide isn't all fun and parties (though it is partly that).  The deets are in your Daily Polichicks:

* President Obama nominated U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagen to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday. If confirmed, Kagan will join women Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor on the bench.  This will be the first time in U.S. history that we have 3 women justices serving one time.  [Washington Post]

* Here's a look at the life and times of Obama's young staffers.  [New York Times Magazine]

*This is National Women's Health Week, so do all that healthy stuff you know you're supposed to do: examine your ta-tas, eat healthy food and so forth.  This week.  Next week, it's back to cupcakes and a tequila shots for breakfast!  [U.S. Government Women's Health Site]

* Okay, we can't leave without saying it:

Go Betty.  Go Betty.  Go Betty.

88 year old actress and comedienne Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live this past Saturday.  She brought the house down, and SNL ratings were the highest in 18 months.  Insiders say that it was the first time in the show's history that the cast and crew gave the host a standing ovation.  White was asked to host the show after fans on Facebook waged a campaign on her behalf. [AOL News]

That's all for now.  

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President Obama dropped in on an independent bookstore in Iowa to to pick up some books for himself and his children.  

"Books are our friends," said the President.

Fine! He didn't say anything like that. That's just how we feel about books when we sit home alone on a dateless Saturday night.


Anyway, watch the hoopla above.


 


Colombian pop star Shakira stopped by the White House Monday to meet with President Obama and Veep Joe Biden.  The singer, who is a long-time children's advocate,  discussed early childhood development issues with the president and veep. 


Shakira was in Washington on behalf of the ALAS Foundation, a nonprofit coalition of Latin artists, a nonprofit coalition of Latin artists, business leaders and intellectuals that promotes public policies in support of early childhood education in Latin America.  Shakira is also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and the founder of the Barefoot Foundation, which focuses on creating access to education for children.


After her White House visit, Shakira headed to the World Bank to announce the World Bank's Early Child Development Program, which will spend $300 million on children's educational programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. 


Above, check out the video of Shakira's World Bank appearance and watch her discuss child development issues with Greta Van Susteren on FOX News over here.


 


 

 

 

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This young brother is really feeling the president's fade. 

President Obama bends over to let the young son of a White House staffer touch his hair, because the child wants to see if the president's hair feels just like his own.

 

For the first time in our history, an African American child visiting the White House can see that someone with hair (and skin) like his (or hers) can be anything he wants to be when he grows up - even president of the United States of America.  It's amazing to see that what an Obama presidency means for African Americans - inclusion, representation, unlimited dreams and long awaited, hard fought for change - is not lost on a child this small.

 


 


President Obama picked up a hearty lunch at Five Guys (the one by Nats stadium) Friday afternoon.  He ordered a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalepeno peppers and mustard. Dee- lish!


(For those of you who are unfamiliar with Five Guys, just know this one little fact:  Give an atheist a bite of a Five Guys burger, and you'll have her on her knees, shoutin' thanks to the Lord and speaking in tongues! They are that good.  Seriously.) 


Anyway - as you can see in the video,  the president is one of those guys who doesn't decide what he wants until he gets to the counter and takes forever to place an order. We like the prez, but that drives us CRAY-ZAY! He's also a chatty fella and seems to enjoy making small talk with the other folks waiting for food.

So what do you make of this excerpt from Yes, Looks Do Matter, a New York Times article on stereotypes and the Susan Boyle phenomenon?

Stereotypes are seen as a necessary mechanism for making sense of information.... When people don't fit our preconceived notions, we tend to ignore the contradictions, until they are too dramatic to overlook. In those cases, said John F. Dovidio, a psychology professor at Yale, we focus on the contradiction -- Ms. Boyle's voice, for example. While that makes us see her as more of an individual, we also "find a way to make the world make sense again, even if the way we do it is to say, 'This is an exceptional situation.' It's easier for me to keep the same categories in my mind and come up with an explanation for the things that are discrepant."

Even when presented with multiple exceptions to the stereotype, we often keep the broad category and simply create a subtype, Professor Dovidio said.

For example, President Obama challenged negative stereotypes about blacks, but some people may have come up with a subtype of blacks -- black professionals -- rather than challenge the overall stereotype, Professor Dovidio said.

Makes an interesting conversation, to say the least. 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama's well-toned arms have attracted many compliments and landed her on the cover of several magazines.  Not to be outdone, her husband Barack scored a few "hot bod" points himself this month, when Washingtonian put his presidential pecks on its May cover and declared that "Our New Neighbor is Hot."

This being Washington and all, the cover has inspired serious debate: Appropriate or not to put a half nekked U.S. president on a magazine cover and call him hot?  What about calling him beefcake, tenderoni or hunk o' hunk of burnin' love instead of hot?  Any better or no?  Do limitations on name calling apply to magazines only, or do they also apply to in person interactions? Say at a White House dinner, would it be okay to to introduce yourself to the president as Sasha Fierce and greet him with a respectful (albeit slightly husky and slurred), "Shawty, what your name is?" 

After these issues are resolved, Washington power players will return to solving the economic crisis.   

President Obama has to answer to the IRS, just like the rest of us.  He and Michelle released their income tax return April 15th.  We know you want to know what they earned, so feast your hungry eyes on these figures:

The Obamas earned $2.7 million in 2008, mostly from the president's book royalties.  They donated $172,050 to charities, making their largest donations to Catholic Relief Services and the United Negro College Fund.

Okay, show's over folks.  Nothing more to see here.  So mosey your nosey right along now....

(Psst...  wait...  maybe there is more to see.  You can eyeball the Obamas' 1040 yourself over here.)

Puppy crisis over

And puppy makes five.  Bo Obama became the newest member of the Obama family on Tuesday. Of Bo, the president joked, "I've finally got a friend," and had this exchange with a reporter:

Prez Obama: [Bo will] be sleeping inside the White House

Reporter: Is he gonna be in a bed?

Prez Obama: Not in my bed!

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