How good-looking is my wife? Suave Obama and stunning Michelle dance the night away with galaxy of stars

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First dance: Barack and Michelle Obama take to the floor at the Neighbourhood Ball, their first stop of the evening

It was the day he was sworn in as the first black president of the United States.

But despite being the man at the centre of an extraordinary day which made history, there was only one thing on Barack Obama
’s mind.

As the new President and his wife sashayed onstage for the first of no less than ten inaugural balls, he turned to the crowd to ask: ‘First of all, how good-looking is my wife?’

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Signed, sealed, delivered: The couple at the Commander-in-Chief Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington

Guests at the Neighbourhood Ball responded with a huge cheer while Michelle, who stood shimmering in an off-white, one-shouldered floor-length couture gown, only smiled.

Her dress was embellished from top to bottom with white floral details and was made by designer Jason Wu, 26, who has only been working in fashion for three years.

She appeared as effortlessly elegant as always and stood patiently to one side while her husband, dressed in a black tuxedo with white tie, spoke to the people who had made him President.

Today the new Commander-in-Chief will get down to the business of remaking America.  source

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What Kind of Dog Should Malia & Sasha Get?

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Not since Knut, the polar bear, has an animal so captured the public’s imagination – and this one hasn’t even been found yet.

Speaking before the world at his victory rally in Chicago on Tuesday night, President-elect Barack Obama told daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7: “I love you more than you can imagine, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.”

It’s among many promises the candidate made during the campaign – and one he’ll be keeping, for sure. But what breed – or breeds – should the new First Puppy be?

For starters, says ASPCA president and CEO Ed Sayres, “We are thrilled at the prospect that the Obama Family will ‘make pet adoption their first option’ and head to their local animal shelter or rescue group [where] they could both find the perfect pet and help an animal in need, which would be an incredible opportunity.” Read the rest of this entry »

Overjoyed Oprah leads the celebrations after Obama sweeps to victory

Oprah Winfrey joined hands with political veteran Jesse Jackson to celebrate the news that Senator Barack Obama’s landslide victory to become the 44th President of the United States of America.

Oprah joined thousands of people at Grant Park in Chicago, where the President Elect took to the stage to address his supporters and the world.

She joined audience members who leapt into the air, waving American flags.

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Oprah Winfrey and Rev. Jesse Jackson celebrate the news that Senator Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States in Grant Park, Chicago

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Flying the flag: Oprah celebrates Obama’s defeat of Republican presidential candidate John McCain to become the USA’s first black President

During an emotional interview Oprah said: ‘It feels like hope won. It feels like it’s not just a victory for,obviously, Barack Obama, it feels like America did the right thing. It feels like there’s a shift in consciousness. Read the rest of this entry »

Barack Obama Offers Support to Jennifer Hudson

While family and friends mourn the tragic death of Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother, who were shot and killed Friday, support for the singer continues to pour in. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, who shares the same Chicago hometown as the singer, issued a statement Saturday.

“Michelle and I were absolutely heartbroken to learn about this unimaginable tragedy and we want Jennifer to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time,” the Illinois senator said. “We also pray for the swift and safe return of her young nephew.”

Hudson sang the national anthem during the Democratic National Convention in August after a personal request from Obama’s camp.

“That was the biggest honor, I feel like, in my career – one of the greatest moments,” Hudson told people earlier this month. “I had to separate myself emotionally so I didn’t get too emotional while I was singing because I can’t sing and cry at the same time…. I was lucky to be a part of it.”

“She has done so much for the campaign. Everyone here was just so shocked and saddened,” Obama’s campaign said about Hudson in a statement issued to people.

Meanwhile, American Idol judge Randy Jackson also shared his condolences for Hudson and expressed his disbelief of what authorities are calling a double homicide.

“My heart and soul goes out to her and the rest of her family,” Jackson tells people. “Such a huge tragedy – I can’t even believe that it’s possible. Paula Abdul and I were just talking about it yesterday and it’s just so sad.”

Jackson also says he has reached out to the singer since news of the tragedy broke. “I left a couple of messages for her and I’m just trying to give to her whatever I can. My God. The world is an ugly place right now.”

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Obama to Visit Seriously Sick Grandmother

Barack Obama will leave the campaign trail for two days this week to visit his seriously ill grandmother in Hawaii, the Democratic candidate’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said Monday.

“Senator Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has always been one of the most important people in his life. Along with his mother and his grandfather, she raised him in Hawaii from the time he was born until the moment he left for college. As he said at the Democratic Convention, she poured everything she had into him,” said Gibbs in a statement.

“Recently, his Grandmother has become ill, and in the last few weeks, her health has deteriorated to the point where her situation is very serious. It is for that reason that Senator Obama has decided to change his schedule on Thursday and Friday so that he can see her and spend some time with her.”

The campaign is set to resume on Saturday.

Madelyn Dunham, 85, helped raise Obama, 47. In a campaign ad earlier this year, the White House aspirant described Dunham as the daughter of a Midwest oil company clerk who “taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland.”

She is also the “white grandmother” to whom he referred in a speech on race at the time he was pressed on his relationship with his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama said he could no more disown Wright than he could his grandmother – who once expressed her fear of black men who passed her on the street.

Michelle Obama to Campaign

Obama’s Thursday and Friday schedule had him headed to the battleground states of Wisconsin and Ohio. Polls show him as being ahead in both states.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that on Friday Michelle Obama, the candidate’s wife, would represent her husband in Ohio. The national election is in two weeks.

Barack Obama: A Tough Time to Quit Smoking

Barack Obama is trying to kick his smoking habit while running for president, and he confesses it hasn’t been easy.

“There have been a couple of times during the campaign when I fell off the wagon and bummed one, and I had to kick it again,” Obama tells the November issue of Men’s Health. “But I figure, seeing as I’m running for president, I need to cut myself a little slack.”

The Democratic candidate, 47, has this recommendation for would-be quitters: Eliminate “certain key connections – that first cigarette in the morning, or after a meal, or with a drink,” he says.

Obama says he manages to squeeze in 45-minute workouts, six days a week. “I lift one day, do cardio the next,” he says. He says he wishes his exercise sessions were longer, but admits that sometimes the need for sleep trumps time at the gym.

“I wish I was getting a 90-mintue workout. Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts,” he says. “There’s always a tradeoff between sleep and working out.”

George Clooney to Host Barack Obama Fundraiser in Geneva

Fresh from the Venice Film Festival, George Clooney will appear Tuesday evening at a Barack Obama fundraiser in Geneva.

According to reports from Swiss news agency ATS, the Burn After Reading star and longtime Obama supporter hopes to increase Democratic coffers by nearly $1 million at the event, held for U.S. citizens living overseas. Read the rest of this entry »