Entries in White House (8)


Obama Hosts David Beckham, LA Galaxy at the White House

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Congratulating the L.A. Galaxy on their Major League Soccer championship, President Obama had a little fun Tuesday at the expense of the team’s biggest star, David Beckham.

“He is tough. In fact, it is a rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear,” the president said to laughter at a White House ceremony honoring the team. “David Beckham is that man.”

Obama jokingly referred to the world famous English soccer star as a “young up-and-comer” and ribbed him about his age. Beckham is 37 -- old for a soccer star.

“Half his teammates could be his kids,” the president quipped. “We’re getting old, David. Although you’re holding up better than me.”

The jokes didn’t stop with Beckham, however. The president also called out several of his teammates by name, including the captain, Landon Donovan, and Ireland’s Robbie Keane, whom the president called “a cousin of mine.” The president has roots in Ireland.

“Together they represent one of the most talented lineups that MLS has ever seen,” Obama concluded.

The Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 last November to take the Major League Soccer title.

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Gabrielle Union Felt Right at Home at White House

Prince Williams/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- During actress Gabrielle Union’s sit-down on the Chelsea Lately show Thursday night to promote her new film, Think Like a Man, the talk briefly shifted from relationships to politics when Union recalled her dinner with the Obamas.

“I guess I was thinking that they would have pate and this super fancy stuff, so we’re trying to eat before we go, just in case they didn’t have good food,” the actress told Chelsea Handler.

But Union was in for a surprise when she arrived at the White House with boyfriend and Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade.

“We get there and [Obama's] got Jay-Z playing and Janet Jackson, potato salad and baked beans and we’re like, ‘Yeah!’ So we ate again.”

The star kept the laughs coming as she talked about the bong-loving “losers” she’s dated and getting her hair weave pat-down by the TSA, joking that airport security thinks she has “weapons of mass destruction” in her hair.

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Celebs to Pack White House Lawn for Easter Egg Roll

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The Easter Bunny won’t be the only celebrity coming to the White House on Monday for the 134th annual Easter Egg Roll. Stars from Sesame Street, Hollywood and some of the nation’s finest restaurants are slated to join the more than 30,000 visitors for games, stories and, of course, the traditional egg roll at the White House.

While the event is rich in tradition, it’s also intended to promote health and wellness, with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” All of this year’s activities, from dancing to cooking, are aimed at encouraging children to lead healthy and active lives.

Kids will recognize some of their favorite characters, including Elmo, Charlie Brown, Curious George, Clifford the Bid Red Dog, Sponge Bob and the gang from Dora the Explorer, among others.

There will also be plenty for the parents, who will spy some big name celebrities, including actress Julianne Moore, who recently starred as Sarah Palin in the movie Game Change, and actor Forest Whitaker. Both will be reading stories to the children. Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern and Top Chef stars Paul Qui, Richard Blais, Carla Hall and Bryan Voltaggio will lend their culinary expertise to the event.

The NBA’s Etan Thomas and the Harlem Globetrotters will be on the court to encourage guests to get moving, a central part of the First Lady’s "Let’s Move!" initiative. Tennis stars Chanda Rubin and Michael Chang will also be on hand.

In addition to the first family, first dog Bo will also likely make an appearance. The Obamas’ famous Portuguese water dog is the face of this year’s event. Bo’s likeness appears on the souvenir egg, and he starred in the online trailer for the event.

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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Meet Obama in Oval Office

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- America’s first couple of Hollywood, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, was spotted by ABC News at the White House Wednesday.

Jolie and Pitt met with President Obama in the Oval Office where they could be seen posing for a photo together in front of his desk.

The two have been in Washington to screen Jolie’s new movie about Bosnia war crimes that premiered at the Holocaust museum Tuesday night.

“President Obama spoke with Ms. Jolie about her work to raise the profile of preventing mass atrocities and combating sexual violence against women,” said White House spokeswoman Jamie Smith.

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'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy Meets The Press

Peter Kramer/NBC(WASHINGTON) -- Actor and comedian Will Ferrell, better known to journalists as the infamous, and inappropriate, anchorman Ron Burgundy, stopped by the White House briefing room Friday afternoon. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gave Ferrell a brief tour of the press room and let him test drive the podium.

Ferrell is in D.C. to attend a Kennedy Center celebration in his honor. This Sunday, he will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American humor.

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Several Artists, 'Glee' Stars to Perform at the White House Next Week

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sheryl Crow, Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks, Seal, Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and Glee stars Mark Salling and Amber Riley are among the artists who are getting an invitation to the White House next week.

They'll all perform for President Obama and the first lady as part of a concert called The Motown Sound -- In Performance at the White House.

Taking place next Thursday, Feb. 24, the concert, held in celebration of Black History Month, will be held in the East Room and will air on PBS March 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Also on the bill are Motown legend Smokey Robinson, John Legend and Jamie Foxx.

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President Obama Appoints Jon Bon Jovi to White House Council

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has appointed Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council on Community Solutions, which will advise him on how to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and the government and have them work more effectively together to solve specific community needs.

The singer was chosen for the council because through his charity organization, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, he's worked to create affordable housing for low-income families and support projects that help those families get back on the right track.  Plus, he's an Obama supporter, performed at some of the president's inaugural events, and has been to the White House several times.

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Kal Penn Returns to White House Job After Leaving to Film 'Harold & Kumar' Sequel

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After a brief hiatus to film the third movie in the popular Harold & Kumar series, actor Kal Penn (whose given name is Kalpen Modi) is returning to a job in the White House.

"The White House is pleased to have Kalpen Modi join the Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director," White House spokesman Shin Inouye said in a statement on Monday. "While OPE works collectively on conducting outreach to the American public and various organizations, he will be the point person for those in the Arts, Youth, and Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities." Monday was his first day of work.

Penn, who may be best known for his role as Kumar on the big screen, left a similar job in the Office of Public Engagement over the summer. He originally joined the Obama White House in July 2009 as a liaison to the Asian-American and arts communities.

The actor, who had a starring role in the film The Namesake and was also a regular on the television medical drama House, spent months campaigning for Obama in 2008, focusing his efforts on turning out the youth vote. His character was written off House in order for him to take the job in Washington in 2009.

Penn quit his White House job to fulfill a prior commitment to film a third Harold & Kumar movie -- A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas -- scheduled for release in 2011.

During his previous stint in the Obama administration, Penn took part in a variety of educational and cultural programs and wrote several posts on the White House's official blog. While he was filming this summer, Penn worked in his personal capacity to promote the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and the passage of the DREAM Act. He also met with artists, arts businesses and youth entrepreneurs in the Detroit area where the Harold & Kumar movie was shot.

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