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With her new gardening book, Michelle Obama stays away from politics

4 Jun

Originally posted on Grist:

On the cover of her new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, Michelle Obama is smiling into the camera and holding a huge basket of vegetables, the bounty of a garden planted, she writes, as “a starting point for something bigger.” That something bigger is the first lady’s campaign to get Americans — and especially children — thinking differently about what they eat. And behind the pride in her eyes is something a little trickier, a sly nod to the fact that for the past three years, she’s been getting a lot of kids to eat their vegetables.

It’s a challenge Jon Stewart summed up best recently when the first lady appeared on the Daily Show to promote her book. He asked, “Wouldn’t you have been more successful with, say, colonization of Mars?” She laughed at the question, but, in…

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That Awkward Moment

25 May

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Obama In Britain: During a banquet at Buckingham Palace Obama broke royal protocol by speaking over the national anthem.

Earnings Du Jour

26 Jan

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Earnings reports: Boeing, Conoco Phillips, United Technologies, Occidental Petroleum, United Continental, Valero Energy, U.S. Airways, General Dynamics, Rockwell Automation, Exelon, St. Jude Medical, WellPoint Health and Xerox.

Reports after the bell: Starbucks, Netflix, Symantec, Varian Medical, Logitech, Lam Research, Motorola Mobility, Citrix and ETrade.

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Thatcher Voted More Influential Than Winfrey And Obama

1 Nov

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher via Wikipedia

Not a single pop star or supermodel made the top 10, when YouGov and AOL UK asked people to rank the most influential woman. Topping the list was Margaret Thatcher; Thatcher attracted 31% of the votes, beating popular talk show host Oprah Winfrey (14 %), Michelle Obama (13 %), and fashion model Kate Moss – who got just 1%.

“While those surveyed voted Thatcher as the most influential woman, only 2% wanted to swap lives with her. When asked who they would most like to be, 26% of women chose Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Asked to choose words that described what made women influential, 62% cited commitment, which was the most popular answer, just ahead of hard-working (60%). Intelligence was next, chosen by 46% of respondents, with prettiness cited by just 2%.”

Full story from The Guardian here.

The top 10 women:

Margaret Thatcher (32%)

Florence Nightingale (26%)

Mother Teresa (25%)

The Queen (24%)

Oprah Winfrey (14%)

Michelle Obama/JK Rowling (13%)

Joanna Lumley (12%)

Anne Frank (11%)

Condoleezza Rice (9%)

Anita Roddick/Germaine Greer (8%)

Taiwanese TV Anime: Michelle Obama As Marie Antoinette

11 Aug

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After Michelle Obama’s expensive trip to Spain this appeared on Taiwanese (!) TV:

HT: Breitbart.

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