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Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/freelance photog -- Crowds greeted President Obama as he arrived by motorcade in Studio City for a star-studded fundraiser at actor George Clooney

UPDATED: Street closures in Burbank due to visit of President Obama

UPDATED: 5:00 p.m. President Barack Obama is headed to the Southland today and his visit with undoubtedly cause some traffic issues. The president has a very busy schedule, which includes at least one major fundraiser and appearances on a talk show. Burbank Police sent out a news release warning of the closure today of Hollywood Way (in both directions) between Empire Avenue to Glenoaks Boulevard, starting at around 4 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. The closure will affect the following side streets as well: Thornton Avenue Burton Avenue Tulare Avenue San Fernando Boulevard Cohasset... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Tuesday February 18, 2014

A ton of chatter about the premiere of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Monday night rating reportedly show 11.3 million viewers stayed up for the midnight broadcast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I watched and was disappointed. I’ve seen Fallon on “Late Night” and thought he was a pretty good host. Hipper and more into the pop culture scene than Jay Leno, but just as likeable. Last night, Fallon seemed nervous, gushing about being the new “Tonight Show” host and dishing out way too much humble... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, watched on TV at the White House the speech of First Lady, Michelle Obama, at the Democratic National Convention

Michelle Obama “knocked it out of the park” at DNC

A lot of chatter on the Internet about the speech last night at the Democratic National Convention by First Lady, Michelle Obama. On the Huffington Post , Mrs. Obama got raves for that stunning dress and praise from many commenters on her speech. “Michelle Obama wowed Americans with an emotional speech… and… “set the Twitterverse alight with gushing praise and boosted husband Barack Obama’s social media standing… ” according to Reuters.  Today, the first lady got kudos on Twitter from President Obama: Barack Obama ‏Read More →

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Michelle Obama’s new book on gardening in America

First Lady Michelle Obama’s passion for healthy eating and gardening are well known. Mrs. Obama shares those passions in her first-ever book , “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.” Released by Crown Publishing yesterday, the book is already in the top ten of best selling books on Barnes and Noble and Amazon websites. The book is a behind the scenes look at the development of the White House kitchen garden beginning in April of... Read More →

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Photo: White House blog -- A young girl salutes President Obama during the Independence Day celebration at the White House July 4, 2011

Photo Gallery: A salute to the president

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama threw a big July 4th bash at the White House yesterday. The first couple celebrated the nation’s independence with more than 1,200 members of the military and their families. During a meet and greet, the commander- in-chief of the U.S. military got a serious salute from a young girl — who just might be a soldier one day. More on that big party, which included entertainment, a BBQ, and fireworks, on the White House blog today.

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Photo: Lawrence Jackson/White House -- Thousands gather at College Green to welcome President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Dublin, Ireland May 23, 2011

Photo Gallery: President Obama visits his roots in Ireland

Thousands gathered at College Green in Dublin yesterday to welcome President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to Ireland.  This was the first day of a six-day European tour for the first couple, which includes visits to England, France, and Poland. President Obama: Earlier today Michelle and I visited Moneygall where we saw my ancestral home and dropped by the local pub.  (Applause.)  And we received a very warm welcome from all the people there, including my long-lost eighth cousin, Henry.  (Laughter.)  Henry now is affectionately known as Henry VIII. ... Read More →

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The tax deadline and President Obama’s 2010 tax returns

The midnight deadline to file 2010 tax returns is fast approaching. Usually, the deadline for filing federal tax returns is April 15, however, this year we got a three -day-grace period. The reason: Emancipation Day fell on a Saturday, but was celebrated as a legal holiday on April 15 in Washington, D.C. Emancipation Day commemorates the day, April 16, 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed an order freeing the slaves in the District of Columbia — six months ahead of signing the Emancipation Proclamation — freeing slaves... Read More →

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Photo: Samantha Appleton/White House -- First Lady Michelle Obama talked with singers John Legend, Smokey Robin, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and Grammy Music Executive Director Bob Santelli at the White House February 24, 2011

Catching up: First Lady Michelle Obama greets entertainers and music executives

The sound of Motown was in the air at the White House last month. During a special tribute to the legendary Motown sound of pop/soul/rhythm and blues, First Lady Michelle Obama chatted with singers John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Motown Founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and Grammy Museum Executive Director, Bob Santelli, right before a Motown Music Series student workshop.

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Christina Taylor Green after the State of the Union address in Washington DC January 25, 2011

Photo Gallery: Christina Taylor Green’s family & the Obamas

President Barack Obama remembered the victims of the Arizona tragedy in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 25.  After his speech, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted John, Roxanna, and 11-year-old Dallas Green. The family of Christina Taylor, the youngest victim of that shooting massacre on January 8, 2011. Christina and five others were killed, when a gunman fired on a gathering in front of a Safeway store near Tucson, Arizona.  U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) and 12 others were wounded in the attack.

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Photo Gallery: Glitz and glamour at the White House

A glitzy state dinner for President Hu Jintao of China at the White House, last Wednesday. It was the first formal dinner for China in more than 13 years. The last one was during the Bill Clinton Administration. At the affair, First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled in a gorgeous red and black gown by the late British designer, Alexander McQueen. The more than 200 guests dined on an American feast of Maine lobster, rib eye, double stuffed potatoes, and apple pie with ice cream for dessert.  The entertainment  at the reception featured a jazz... Read More →

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Photo: from the White House Blog -- First Lady Michelle Obama sat between President Obama and Astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at the memorial for the mass shooting victims January 12, 2011

Photo Gallery:The Obamas speak about the Arizona tragedy

 First Lady Michelle Obama advises parents on what to say to their kids about the Tucson mass shooting Today, First Lady Michelle Obama released an open letter to parents on what to say to their kids about that mass shooting in Arizona last Saturday, that killed six, wounded more than a dozen others — including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Dear parents, Like so many Americans all across the country, Barack and I were shocked and heartbroken by the horrific act of violence committed in Arizona this past weekend.  Yesterday, we had... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- A moment of silence observed at the White House for Arizona shooting victims January 10, 2011

Photo Gallery: A moment of silence for Arizona shooting victims

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and the White House staff stood outside in freezing temperatures at 11 a.m. Eastern Time today — to honor the innocent victims of last Saturday’s shooting rampage in Arizona. They were joined in that moment of silence by Americans across the nation.

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama and First Lady Michelle pose for the cameras in front of the Official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room December 5, 2010

Holiday Highlights:Christmas greetings from President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

 Christmas greetings from the First Couple included a joint message to everyone on this special day. Remarks of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Weekly Address The White House December 25, 2010 THE PRESIDENT:  Merry Christmas, everybody.  Michelle and I just wanted to take a moment today to send greetings from our family to yours. THE FIRST LADY:  This is one of our favorite times of year.  And we’re so fortunate to be able to celebrate it together in this wonderful home. This is the “People’s House.”  So Barack... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- First Lady Michelle Obama reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" in Washington DC on December 9, 2010

Holiday Highlights: “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

 “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” has become a holiday tradition for young and old. There is some debate over — was it Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston, Jr. who originally wrote the poem back in the 1800s. No matter, the wonderful words are timeless and conjure up the magic and hope of Christmas Eve. There are many variations of the famous poem. Here’s one version: Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House --Blues master BB King performed , "Merry Christmas Baby," at the National Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, DC, December 9, 2010

Lighting the National Christmas Tree

  For the 88th time, the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony took place in Washington, DC last night.  The first family had t he honor of pushing the button that lit up a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce.  The President commented on the history and the resilience of the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony: President Obama: Often, the ceremony itself has reflected the pain and sacrifice of the times. There were years during the Second World War when no lights were hung, in order to save electricity. In the days following... Read More →

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