Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sasha, Malia, Mom in Chief Michelle, and First Dad Barack Obama

The nation has gone Obama crazy. Isn't it wonderful? CNN's Morning Express with Robin Meade posted an interview (see video below) with Time Magazine photographer Callie Shell, who has published a photo essay of President Elect Barack Obama. So, she's had the opportunity to get up close and personal, sort of, with the Obamas through her camera lens.

During the interview, Shell talks about how women cry and teens and college kids jump and scream when they hear Obama speak the same way they'd do at rock concerts, that he has something special that inspires people of all backgrounds.

In addition, she discusses the beauty of Michelle and Barack Obama's relationship, a benefit to this nation that has been analyzed elsewhere. The photographer said that the Obama children also seem well-adjusted. Michelle and Barack Obama must've done something right with Malia,l0, and Sasha, 7, because "those kids are so gracious," said Shell.

Here's the video, a closer look at the Obamas.

The story includes Obama's victory night promise to get the girls a puppy, a topic buzzing on the web right now.

I heard our president elect or future first lady say in another interview that the girls' puppy will come from a rescue shelter. However, the Obamas need a hypoallergenic dog because Malia has asthma. Tonight the show Inside Edition suggested the girls should adopt a Golden Doodle, a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. I think they'll have trouble getting that dog from the humane society.

And if folks are not buzzing about the girls and the puppy, then they're chatting about Michelle Obama wearing a Narciso Rodriguez dress election night in the park. At BlogHer, Mom101 calls Mrs. Obama unexpectedly hott! That's two "Ts." And other fashionistas have come out to agree or disagree. One reader gave the dress a big NO:
Even today, I cry when I see the whole Obama family on the stage. Beautiful on many levels - what they look like, what they represent, what it means.... I get it. And swore I would not belittle the moment by snarking about that ghastly dress. Just don't think it worked on her - wrong cut, wrong colors. Too, I dunno, aggressive - the blotch on the front looked like the markings of some deadly amazon reptile or something. (Alyssa Rose)
BlogHer co-founder Lisa Stone said the dress was a winner with her:
Politics aside, I must say, I love Michelle Obama in red. Her Ebony cover (September edition) was gorgeous. (Lisa Stone)
I have no comment on the dress. The family is so adorable, I missed the dress, but usually I note what Michelle Obama's wearing; however, I'm far from being a fashionista myself.

Enough about that dress. Onto children in the White House. Tonight on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, the network ran a story telling viewers that Sasha and Malia will be the youngest children at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since the Kennedy children, Caroline and John Jr. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was "fiercely protective" of her young ones, according to the story, but as you can see at People Magazine, someone took pictures.

The CBS report suggested Obama may have to take another page from the Kennedy book when it comes to the children (You may noticed that President Obama is frequently compared to John F. Kennedy). As I've already written, Obama is equally protective of his girls, and the nation got a taste of that Halloween night, when he told the media to back off Sasha.

The CBS piece also included Doug Wead, author of All the President's Children, who talked about what it's like growing up in the White House and said White House kids can have a good life, not normal, but good. Also, the story had a clip of Susan Ford, the late President Gerald Ford's daughter, saying how tough it was sometimes to be first daughter.
"It's the articles that are written, the critical letters that you get in the mail from people who don't even know you who just read something in a magazine or a tabloid or whatever. And you really don't ask to be there," she said. (Susan Ford)
Michelle Obama said she thinks Malia is grasping the shift, the big move to the White House.

Bravo to CBS for having the Obama Family video up already and embeddable. Here it is:
Other Links:
Morning Express at CNN and syndicated entertainment show Inside Edition. Also, The Huffington Post has another slide show, "How Sasha's Grown," and guesswork about the ritzy DC schools the girls may attend. Inside Edition's polling who thinks the Obama's daughters should go to public school. Really? They didn't attend public school in Chicago, why start now? A public school would have to be recreated just to meet security measures.


ByJane said...

I suggest a Bichon Poodle, which is what my Molly is. They're a nice size (she's about 16#), so portable more than a labradoodle. Molly was a shelter dog and came fully trained, thank heavens!

LuLu and LoLLy! said...

We're two Maltese dogs and we say Two Paws Up! for the Obama pack for adding a canine to the family! LoLLy is a rescue and we're keeping our paws crossed that they add a rescue doggy, because rescues are awesome! Love, Your PaLs, LuLu and LoLLy!