Trayvon Martin: Barack Obama says America should do some ‘soul searching’


President Barack Obama addressed the killing of Treyvon Martin for the first time this morning, and in personal terms, calling for “soul-searching” not only about the specifics of the case, but regarding the Stand Your Ground law and the “context for what happened.”

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Michelle Obama Portrait


The New Museum on the Lower East Side revealed a portrait of Michelle Obama, the wife of President-elect Barack Obama, painted by Elizabeth Peyton, on Wednesday. The work, above, titled “Michelle and Sasha Obama Listening to Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention August 2008,” is an oil painting that depicts Mrs. Obama in the audience at her husband’s convention speech as the couple’s younger daughter, Sasha, rests her head in her mother’s lap. The painting joins the New Museum’s exhibition “Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton,” a collection of portraits of noteworthy personalities like Kurt Cobain, Matthew Barney, and Marc Jacobs. The exhibition is to run through Jan. 11.

Source:  NYT

Obama Boxers or Briefs?


In the new issue of Us Weekly, presidential candidate Barack Obama invited news director Lara Cohen to join his campaign for a day. He described some of his best Just Like Us moments, and took our Presidential Pop Quiz (where he revealed that his daughters think Britney and Paris are “yuck”).

Some excepts from the Us interview:

How familiar are you with Us Weekly?
My wife reads it.

Do your daughters Sasha and Malia ever ask about Britney Spears?
Actually, yeah. But they’re very sensible. They’re pretty down on Britney and Paris and all of that. They think that’s very “yuck.” They’re way more into Hannah Montana and Beyonce. They got to go backstage and meet Beyonce and they just love her to death.

Your supporters include Oprah Winfrey. Ever been starstruck?
I don’t really get starstruck. Everyone I’ve met has been very nice and friendly, like Kal Penn. During the writers’ strike, he was like a staffer! And Scarlett Johansson has been traveling a lot. George Clooney is a good friend. He and I worked on Darfur issues together. I’m always impressed by people who do their homework… and use their celebrity to advocate for issues. George does that just about as well as anyone I know.

So, boxers or briefs? Bill Clinton said he wore boxers in a 1992 interview with MTV.
I don’t answer those humiliating questions. But whichever one it is, I look good in ’em!

source:  us weekly