Women's Health has revealed Michelle Obama's secrets for sculpting her bionic, headline-grabbing arms.
For the first time the First Lady's personal trainer Cornell McClellan has detailed their regimen, which he says he's put Obama through since 1997, starting at 5:30 a.m.
"She's truly committed herself to the importance of health and fitness," McClellan says. "I believe the purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit. To do that, we take a holistic approach that includes strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training."
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After her Rainbow Brite skirt DON'T, we were seriously questioning our First Lady's style...but after Michelle Obama debuted this sleek new bob on Tuesday, we fell in love with her style all over again.
The gorgeous figure looked stunning as she and the president hosted a country music celebration in the White House's East Room with Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.
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Wearing a skirt that resembles something little Sasha could've made in her arts and crafts class, Michelle Obama sabotaged her fashion resume with a Rainbow Brite/Wedding cake skirt on a trip to Westminster Abbey.
The First Lady, who is on summer vacation in the UK with daughters Sasha and Malia, "brightened up London's grey skies," according to The Sun, with her yellow and lavender layered cardigan and crazy skirt, which The Times says, "As a stack, they look like one of those modern, fancy wedding cakes that brides’ co-ordinate with their flowers."
Also, what's going on with her hair? She's looking a little coneheadish. Obviously, you can all see that Blindie is not happy with this style mishap! Read More
The Obamas may be American royalty, but they're spending their time as Parisian tourists this week.
Wrapping up his six-day trip abroad to the Middle East, Germany and the beaches of Normandy, the President joined First Lady Michelle and Malia and Sasha at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Paris, where they're staying.
The First Family's tour of Paris began early Saturday evening at the Notre Dame cathedral, while on Sunday (which was Sasha's 8th birthday) they took in the city's best view atop the Pompidou Center.
"I would love nothing more than to have a leisurely week in Paris, stroll down the Seine, take my wife out to a nice meal, have a picnic in Luxembourg Gardens," he said after taking his wife to dinner near the Eiffel Tower. "Those days are over, for the moment." Read More
President Barack Obama made good on a campaign promise to wife Michelle and treated her to dinner and a Broadway show in New York City on Saturday.
The first couple arrived in Manhattan on a Marine One helicopter after flying into JFK airport aboard a Gulfstream 500 jet. They dined at the Greenwich Villge restaurant Blue Hill and took in the revival of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come Home" at the Belasco Theatre in midtown. Crowds lined the streets, cheering and waving, as the presidential motorcade made its way through the streets.
Always one to find fault with the Obama administration, the Republic National Committee crticized the President for jetting to New York for what they deemed as "a night on the town" during a recession and as General Motors prepares to file for bankruptcy -the fourth largest in U.S. history.
The Obamas paid for dinner and theatre tickets themselves while taxpayers will foot the bill for the plane ride, estimated by The New York Post at $24,000 per aircraft (3 were required for the trip), and for police security. Read More
Michelle Obama has landed another cover: TIME Magazine.
The issue, which tries to define the "Meaning of Michelle," features a striking photograph of the First Lady's face. While we hated how uncomfortable she looked on the cover of Vogue in March, we're really wondering how much airbrushing this photograph's been under?
"I'm pretty much who I've been for a long time. So that ... I just think that people have the opportunity to see all of who Michelle Obama is over a longer period of time," she says. "And hopefully they like what they see. And I think they actually ... to the extent that they saw all of me ... liked what they saw then."
With Mother’s Day right around the corner it seems fitting that our inaugural edition of the Progress Report is all female. Our aim with the Progress Report is to highlight personalities and figures who are pushing people of color forward--and a few who are pulling us a few hundred back!
Time Names Michelle Obama, Oprah and the Women Of The View Among Their 100 Most Influential People for 2009
Women of color are finally earning props (do we still say “props?”)! I doubt anyone can think of a recent First Lady who has as much style and control over the cultural zeitgeist as Michelle Obama. The women of The View, love ‘em or hate ‘em, have some of the most interesting daily conversations on current events.
Oprah is well…Oprah, and she’s been on the Time’s list since its inception! The media mogul heals us in a way that other media has never been able touch, and her generosity and progressiveness are well documented, which makes the next item in this week’s report that much more disturbing.
PROGRESS: 20 steps forwardOprah Gives Away Free KFC Meals
Earlier this week, Oprah partnered with KFC to promote the chicken giant’s new grilled chicken (KGC), where she handed out free coupons on her website. Ultimately, this venture caused something of a chicken riot as KFC was not able to keep up with the demand. In these hard economic times, a free meal is something anyone can get behind, but Oprah giving free KFC to her audience, feels a little like the queen giving the peasants her slop. Ok, maybe harsh, but Oprah doesn’t eat KFC.
If she wanted to help her audience to a free meal, why not get us a deal on something less likely to cause or aggravate health problems – stuff that rich people eat, Fresh Direct or WholeFoods? – or as it’s known around my house, WholePaycheck.
PROGRESS: 377 steps backwardSherri Shepherd Doesn't Believe in Evolution
We’ve known for some time that Sherri Shepard doesn’t believe the world is round, but on Tuesday’s show she cited her faith in God as her reason to teach her son, Jeffery, creationism over evolution. She claimed that while she would inform Jeffery of evolution, she would teach him that creationism was accurate.
By Tuesday I imagine it was too late for Time to exclude Sherri from their prestigious list, so Shepherd stuck by her guns, even though the lone concurring voice on the panel belonged to Elisabeth Hasselbeck – that alone should make anyone rethink anything.
Faith is great for people who gain comfort from it and Creationism vs. Darwinism isn’t a new argument on The View, or anywhere else for that matter, but it always makes for a compelling debate and in the end you gain a pretty good measure of a person’s ability to deal with logic. So to be clear Sherri believes we live on a 6000-year-old flat rock floating in heaven.
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We'd assume that not much can shake Queen of all Media Oprah Winfrey, but when the mogul was commissioned to write an essay on First Lady Michelle Obama for Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People issue, she had just that.
"I had written the whole piece on my BlackBerry, and I was feeling really so great about it," Winfrey told the New York Daily News. "I wrote it in the memo section, and I went to hit save and I hit another key — and it disappeared. I lost the whole thing!"
"I had to start all over. I was panicked. It was an absolute deadline, so it was crazy," she added. But in the end Oprah --who has appeared on the list every year since its inception--published her moving piece, which ended with Maya Angelou's iconic poem, "Phenomenal Woman." Read More
The First Puppy has made his White House debut on Tuesday among a gaggle of photogs snapping Portuguese water dog Bo Obama, the President, First Lady Michelle and First Daughters Malia and Sasha.
"I love him," Malia Obama, 10, said of her 6-month old pup. "He's perfect."
But scene-stealer Sasha, 7, called him out on his one flaw: "He doesn't know how to swim!"
President Obama was obviously impressed with Bo--a gift from Sen. Edward Kennedy--said, "He's a star. He's got star quality." But no matter how intrigued, the president, when asked where Bo will sleep, answered, "Not with me."
Essence magazine's May issue celebrates Mother's Day with First Lady Michelle Obama and her White House live-in mother, Marian Robinson.
ADVANCING THE ROLE OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE: "We have to talk about flex hours and exercise and nutrition and health and what that means. And we have to talk about values, and about our relationships with men. All of those are part of the conversation that I think we need to have, not just in this country but around the world."
COMBATING STEREOTYPICAL IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN: "The women in videos and the stereotypes are just not the truth of who we are as a community. We already know that because we are living these lives every single day. It's nice to have this reminder in the White House, but I would say we don't need it...all you need to do is look around your own community and you will see this same family in churches and in schools."
ADVICE ON RAISING CHILDREN: "The main thing that I think needs to be taught to children is the ability to think and make decisions. You don't have to have a lot of information, but you have to know how to get through the process. If you make mistakes you don't [just] decide I will never do that again."
ENJOYING LIFE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: "...I really am. You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It makes it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents." Read More