Yes, Brad and Angelina are Hollywood royalty, but it looks to me like they might just have some political connections as well. The gorgeous couple stopped by the White House this week, while in town for the D.C. fête of Angelina’s new film, In the Land of Blood and Honey. Apparently, Obama extended the invitation in part to discuss Jolie’s commitment to preventing future genocides and fighting back against sexual violence towards women. Angelina’s admirable causes have been bringing such issues to light for more than a decade now, and it’s her philanthropic leanings (and her children) that helped her to overcome her previous battles with substance abuse and other self-destructive behavior. This meeting of the minds was not their first encounter with the president — in 2009, Brad met with Obama to discuss his devotion to rebuilding the Ninth Ward in New Orleans following disastrous Hurricane Katrina. [Associated Press]
Sarah Palin, the mother of the world’s most famous plastic surgery laden, reality show-starring teen mom, pitched a fit this week because First Lady Michelle Obama invited the hip hop artist/actor/poet, Common, to perform poetry at the White House.
See, some of Common’s lyrics are not as G-rated as everything the Palin family does, like killing animals, surgically altering their facial features “for medical reasons” and getting knocked up whilst still in high school. Keep reading »
The Food Network announced this week that it will air a two-hour “Super Chef Special” of “Iron Chef America,” which will feature First Lady Michelle Obama, White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, and the White House Kitchen Garden. On Jan. 3, celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Emeril Lagasse will be greeted by Obama and given their challenge: “create a meal for America using the White House Kitchen Garden’s produce as their secret ingredients,” the Food Network revealed in a statement. The teams will be Flay and Comerford against Lagasse and Batali. The four chefs will head to New York “Kitchen Stadium” with their produce for the battle, creating five dishes that show off their garden ingredients and “represent the ultimate American meal.” Chef Nigella Lawson, Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin, and actress Jane Seymour will judge the battle. [FoxNews.com] Keep reading »
Actor Kal Penn of “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” has left the show House for the White House and starts his new job this week. Now before you go on laughing at the funnyman, this UCLA grad and UPenn professor is more than qualified. He will be stepping in as the Associate Director in the White House’s Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs. As an Indian-American he is the perfect liason between Obama and the Asian community. Happy first week Kal! Keep reading »
Even the White House is getting into the Irish spirit. The fountain in front of the President’s house is green today!
UPDATE: This is the first year the White House fountain has been dyed green, and it was Michelle Obama’s idea. She wanted to bring a little bit of Chicago tradition (they dye the river green there on St. Paddy’s Day) to D.C. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »