Want Michelle Obama’s Arms? Get the Inside Scoop From Women’s Health

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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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Barack Obama Packs Summer Reading List for Martha’s Vineyard Vacation

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The Obamas descended upon Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday for the last hurrah of summer and the President has packed along an ecclectic summer reading list.

White House spokesman Bill Burton revealed to reporters on Monday the five books on President Barack Obama‘s reading agenda during his week-long vacation:

“The Way Home” by George Pelecanos
“Hot, Flat, and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman
“Lush Life” by Richard Price
“Plainsong” by Kent Haruf
“John Adams” by David McCullough

However, the President did everything besides read on his first day on the island. On Monday, he worked out at Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, played tennis with wife Michelle Obama, then played golf at Farm Neck Golf Club.

The Obamas Visit Yellowstone National Park

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President Barack Obama took a break from health care talks to do some sightseeing with his wife Michelle and two daughters Sasha and Malia.

The first family spent Friday night at a lodge in Montana where Obama went fly-fishing -no, he didn’t catch any fish – and Michelle, Malia and Sasha went white-water rafting.

The next day they took a helicopter ride to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and accompanied by his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng her husband Konrad and their daughter, the party drove through the park in a motorcade, took an official tour with Park Ranger Katy Duffy and even stopped at the Old Faithful General Store where the President and Malia deliberated over which flavor ice cream to purchase.

Next stop on Obama’s weekend tour -Grand Canyon National Park.

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Obama Presents Medal of Freedom to 16 Notables, Including Sidney Poitier and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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President Obama presented the nation’s highest civilian medal, the Medal of Freedom, to 16 notables in the fields of theater, sports, science, humanities and politics on Wednesday at the White House.

Among the recipients were Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier, Archibishop Desmond Tutu, Actress Chita Rivera, physicist Stephen Hawkings, and tennis legend Billie Jean King,

“This is a chance for me — and for the United States of America — to say thank you to some of the finest citizens of this country and of all countries,” Mr. Obama said at the ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

It was both moving and poignant to watch the nation’s first African American president bestow an award to Poitier,who himself has broken through racial barriers, and Billie Jean King, who has made strides for both women and the gay community. However, the most priceless moment was when Obama got a face full of feathers as he placed a medal on 95 year-old Native American historian and educator, Joseph Medicine Crow.

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The President met Medicine Crow during his campaign last year and was made an honorary member of the Crow tribe. Medicine Crow is the tribe’s sole surviving tribal war chief amd became the first of his tribe to receive a masters in anthropology in 1939.

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Obama Celebrates 48th Birthday With Cupcakes For White House Reporter Helen Thomas

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President Barack Obama celebrated his 48th birthday on Tuesday and shared the love with long-time White House reporter Helen Thomas, who was also celebrating her birthday.

Obama led a roomful of reporters in singing “Happy Birthday” and presented Thomas with cupcakes and a kiss on the cheek.

“Helen wished for world peace, (and) no prejudice, but she and I also had a common birthday wish,” Obama said. “She said she wishes for a healthcare reform bill.”

And what did the President do to honor his own special day? A lunch meeting with 57 of the 60 Democratic senators and independents. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama already celebrated his birthday over the weekend at Camp David with family and friends, playing basketball and bowling a 144.

Obama As Heath Ledger’s Joker in ‘Socialism’ Poster Appears In L.A.

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Posters depicting President Barack Obama as the Joker character from the Batman series Dark Knight with the word “socialism” across it have been appearing in Los Angeles causing some to cry racism and others to call it political commentary fail.

The posters are believed to be part of a campaign by conservatives who do not agree with Obama’s policies, but as yet is unconfirmed. The creator of the poster is also as yet unknown.

Critics have already accused the Joker depiction as being racist because of the similarity to the “blackface” caricature. Rightpundits.com scoffs at these racist claims and makes a rather good point saying, “There’s nothing racist about depicting Obama as a famous movie character. The poster equates him to a famous clown which had large red lips. If you think this is racist, I guess a black man can never dress up as a clown.”

“If I had to design the poster I would’ve turned Obama into Mao or Lenin,” Rightpundits goes on to say.

What does this poster represent to you? Propoganda, racism, or just great pop art.

Obama Invites Gates and Cambridge Police Sergeant Crowley To White House For ‘Friendly’ Talk Over Beers

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As promised, President Barack Obama invited Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley, who recently arrested Gates in what has been criticized as a racial incident, to the White House on Thursday for some beers and a “friendly, thoughtful” conversation. Oh yeah, Vice President Joe Biden was there -probably throwing in his two cents.

The four men convened in the Rose Garden in what is now being referred to as the “beer summit, “where they spent a lot of time discussing the future,” said Crowley.

“I think what you had today was two gentlemen who agreed to disagree on a particular issue,” Crowley told reporters.

Gates stressed that they must use the opportunity “to foster greater sympathy among the American public for the daily perils of policing on the one hand, and for the genuine fears of racial profiling on the other hand.”

Obama was apparently pleased with his spin control beer session, especially after inciting media outrage with the comment “Cambridge police acted stupidly” and said in a statement, “I have always believed that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart.”

“I am confident that has happened here tonight, and I am hopeful that all of us are able to draw this positive lesson from this episode,” Obama went on to say.

The beer of choice for the group: Bud Light for Obama, Blue Moon for Crowley, Sam Adams Light for Gates, and a nonalcoholic Buckler for Vice President Joe Biden.