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Obama Chef Dies in Water Near Family's Summer Home
Medical Examiner Rules
on Obama Chef's Death

Medical Examiner Rules on Obama Chef's Death

Tafari Campbell was paddleboarding on Martha's Vineyard

(Newser) - The untimely death of the Obama family's personal chef was an accidental one, per a ruling announced Tuesday from the chief medical examiner of Massachusetts. Tafari Campbell, 45, drowned in late July in a Martha's Vineyard lake while paddleboarding near the Obama's summer home, and the AP reports...

Mike Huckabee Dings Obama on Parenting

Former governor's big concern: Beyonce

(Newser) - Amid murmurs of another presidential run, Mike Huckabee has left his Fox News show behind—but in an interview with People , he still had time to make his views on the Obamas clear. How can such concerned parents, he wondered, let their daughters listen to Beyonce? "I don't...

Obamas Celebrate MLK Day at Soup Kitchen

President proves he is not good at identifying taco meat

(Newser) - Barack Obama is honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service by helping a soup kitchen prepare its daily meals. Obama took Michelle, Sasha, and Malia to DC Central Kitchen, which is a few minutes away from the White House by presidential motorcade. They joined an assembly line...

Obamas Arrive in Hawaii
 Obamas Arrive in Hawaii 

Obamas Arrive in Hawaii

Family will spend Christmas there

(Newser) - President Obama and his family arrived in Honolulu this morning for the Christmas holiday. The Obamas have a low-key visit planned, with no public events on the schedule, reports AP . Given that talks on the fiscal cliff are on hold until after the break, it looks like the president won'...

Silent Obama Girls Play Big Campaign Role

Parents' speeches focus on normal family life

(Newser) - This year, the Obama girls aren't spending much time on the campaign trail—but their presence is felt by voters, writes Jodi Kantor in the New York Times . While they don't speak much publicly, they are much spoken about by their parents. In the stories the president and...

Obamas' Assets: Up to $8.3M
 Obamas' Assets: Up to $8.3M 

Obamas' Assets: Up to $8.3M

Presidential books still paying off

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama's personal finances are in sound shape: The first couple today reported total assets of between $2.6 million and $8.3 million last year, reports the Washington Post . (The imprecision is because of the broad ranges on reporting forms.) President Obama is still collecting...

Obama Earned $790K in 2011
 Obama Earned 
 $790K in 2011 

tax return

Obama Earned $790K in 2011

Family taxed more than $160K

(Newser) - President Obama and his family paid more than $160,000 in federal taxes last year, the White House says. The president's 2011 federal income tax return shows reported adjusted gross income of about $790,000 last year. About half of the first family's income is the president's...

Obama: 'I Don't Know What's in Limbaugh's Heart'

Won't comment on apology but reiterates that insult was out of bounds

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh's "slut" attack on law student Sandra Fluke has no "place in public discourse," says President Obama. At his news conference today, Obama explained that he called Fluke after the incident because he wants people to be able to speak their minds about policy,...

Palin Rips Obama Family Holiday Card

What, did you expect her to like it?

(Newser) - Is someone a little put out that she didn’t get a holiday card from the first family? Sarah Palin was recently on Fox News criticizing the Obama family’s pic , noting that the card—which features Bo Obama in front of a White House fireplace—focuses on the dog...

Obama: Family Would Be 'Fine' With One Term

But says he's still got work left to do

(Newser) - President Obama says the first family would be just fine if they were just a regular family. “If I said, ‘You guys, I want to do something different,’ they’d be fine,” Obama told the TODAY show this morning. “They’re not invested in daddy...

Stanley Ann Dunham: Barack Obama Reflects on Mom's
 Obama Reflects on 
 Dogged, Flawed Mom 

Obama Reflects on Dogged, Flawed Mom

Reminiscing comes in profile about his time in Indonesia

(Newser) - Barry Obama was just 6 years old when Ann Dunham decided to take him to war-torn Indonesia, and Sunday’s New York Times Magazine examines the reverberations of that decision. On the surface the answer is simple: She was following her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian native who’d...

How Restaurants Handle the Obamas

 How Restaurants 
 Handle the Obamas 

How Restaurants Handle the Obamas

Chefs try to stay cool amidst Secret Service crush

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama love to eat out, but how do restaurants handle a presidential visit? David Hagedorn of the Washington Post asked chefs around town, and found that the key is to remain calm. “We are in the business of creating perceptions,” says one general manager. “...

Tax Deal Cutting Into Obama's Hawaiian Getaway

As Congress heads toward overtime, the president may be stuck in DC

(Newser) - Someone break the news to Sasha and Malia: They may have to body surf the Hawaiian waves without dad this year. With Congress’ lame duck session likely headed into overtime, President Obama has resolved to stay in Washington to sign anything it passes, meaning he may not find himself en...

Birthday Boy Obama Heads to Chicago

President turns 49 today

(Newser) - President Obama turns 49 today, and he’ll celebrate the occasion with his friends (but not family) in Chicago. Sources tell Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times that Obama will be dining out at a restaurant he frequents. “I think his plans for tomorrow are dinner with some friends...

Obamas to Vacation on Gulf Coast

First family will practice what it preaches

(Newser) - The Obamas will do next month what they've been asking Americans to do all summer: vacation on the Gulf Coast. The first family will head to the region the weekend of Aug. 14, reports ABC . The Obamas took some flak when the first lady urged people to visit the region...

First Dog Bo Cost $1,600

 First Dog Bo 
 Cost $1,600 

First Dog Bo Cost $1,600

Obama family's Portuguese water dog was a gift from Ted Kennedy

(Newser) - The Obama family's Portuguese water dog, Bo, cost $1,600, according to financial disclosure documents made public today. The scoop on Bo's price tag is the most interesting tidbit from the forms; President Obama's financial situation was made clear when his tax returns were released last month, the Washington Post...

No Weekday TV, Phones, Computers for Sasha, Malia

Michelle Obama sets down strict tech rules for daughters

(Newser) - They may live next to the nation's nerve center but during the week, Malia and Sasha Obama might as well be on Gilligan's Island. "In my household, we try to establish a set of guidelines and rules that make sense—no computers, phones, television during the week," Michelle...

Obama Interrupts Golf Game After Injury to Friend's Child

Ambulance seen near first family's vacation compound

(Newser) - President Obama interrupted a round of golf this afternoon, raising concerns because an ambulance was seen at the home where he is vacationing, but all is well with the first family, the Honolulu Advertiser reports. A child vacationing with the Obamas suffered a "run-of-the-mill beach injury," according to...

If Barack Wrote a Holiday Card...
 If Barack Wrote a Holiday Card... 

If Barack Wrote a Holiday Card...

An inside look at the Obamas' totally real, nonpolitical holiday greeting

(Newser) - Not on Barack Obama’s Christmas card list? Don’t worry; Slate snuck into the Oval Office Salahi-style and made off with a copy...or something like that. But the card doesn’t mention politics at all—just family stuff like their new dog. “Bo turns out to be...

Obamas Light National Christmas Tree

'Technologically challenged' prez pushes right buttons

(Newser) - Surrounded by celebrity performers and characters from the North Pole, the Obama family led a countdown and lighted the National Christmas Tree tonight on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha helped President Obama press a button to light the tree, an...

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