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March 23, 2012

Syria: Assad’s wife faces travel sanctions, could lose British citizenship

  • banned After a series of e-mails leaked from the Syrian government, one of the figures who looked really bad in the wake of all that — first lady Asma al-Assad — was put under a travel ban and asset freeze in the European Union. Ouch.
  • allowed However, as Asma is a British citizen (unlike her husband Bashar al-Assad), she is not under a travel ban in the UK, one of the countries where she reportedly discussed going on a super-expensive shopping spree.
  • revoked But Asma’s citizenship could change soon, as the British government is looking into possibly revoking it entirely. The British government can revoke someone’s UK citizenship if it’s ”conducive to the public good.” source

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18:30 // 2 years ago
January 11, 2012
I guess it’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and a strong woman and — you know? But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman.
Michelle Obama • Defending herself from claims that she fostered tension with the president’s top deputies — Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs — leading to the claims getting into New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor’s book “The Obamas.” We can certainly agree with the basic thrust of what she’s saying — even if Kantor’s book is accurate, just look at how much crap she gets over the stupidest things from the right. That is clearly the result of others trying to typecast her in a certain image. Let’s cut the image politics here. source (viafollow)
10:09 // 2 years ago
December 12, 2011

Back in October, Michelle Obama and 300,265 other people worldwide (including 400 in her direct vicinity) attempted to break a record by doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The record attempt was successful, Obama said on the “Let’s Move” Web site this morning. We’re totally gonna celebrate by doing some jumping jacks ourselves. Because we’re creative like that. source

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10:22 // 2 years ago
September 30, 2011
It is not uncommon for the First Lady to slip out to run an errand, eat at a local restaurant or otherwise enjoy the city outside the White House gates.
Michelle Obama’s communications director, Kristina Schake • Stating the obvious in the wake of the AP getting a photo of her shopping at Target. To which we say: Duh. Do you think she spends all of her time just hanging out at the White House all day? She’d go crazy. Heh. Most people don’t, however, need plainclothes Secret Service agents to enter the Target half an hour ahead of them just so they can go shopping. source (viafollow)
11:05 // 3 years ago
November 25, 2010

Sarah Palin invokes class warfare in ripping Bushes

Let’s say you’re Sarah Palin and you just got criticized by a former first lady. How would you handle the criticism? Well, in Sarah Palin’s case, this is how: “I don’t want to concede that we have to get used to this kind of thing, because i don’t think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods — and i want to say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes — the blue bloods who want to pick and chose their winners instead of allowing competition.” She said that on Laura Ingraham’s show yesterday. So, to be clear, she just ripped on a former president and first lady for being privileged because they suggested she was unqualified to be president. Check. source

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9:07 // 3 years ago