Michelle Obama - Michelle Obama Shows Her Funny Side In Jimmy Kimmel Skit

Proving, as we didn’t already know it, that the Obamas are the ones with all the character, Michelle Obama filmed a funny skit for Jimmy Kimmel Live, reminding the US voting public that they need to get out of bed on voting day and get their vote registered.

In the sketch, she wakes a sleeping Jimmy, with the aid of a megaphone, making sure he gets up at down to the voting station. “Get up! Get your shoes on!” she shouts, whilst blasting a horn in his face. “Go and vote!” she screams as he goes out the door, and then says “I need some carrots!” as he leaves.

The presidential election takes place on November 6, 2012 and Michelle was in Los Angeles supporting her husband’s 48 hour campaign marathon extravaganza. She spoke to Jimmy about her and Barack Obama’s kids, 14 year-old Malia and 11 year-old Sasha. Halloween’s coming up and whilst Malia’s getting a bit old for a full-on costume, Sasha will apparently be going the whole hog and going trick or treating.

Michelle might be happy to support her husband in his campaign to be re-elected as President of the United States of America but being the nation’s First Lady comes at a price. Michelle explained that if she could have the anonymity of being a regular citizen, just for one day, she would “walk out of the door of the White House like a regular person...go to CVS, go in there, go shop. I'd buy my toiletries. I'd pay money, I'd get a receipt. And then I'd go sit on a park bench and just watch people.” Sounds more relaxing than shouting at chat show hosts through a megaphone, that’s for sure.


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Michelle Obama, Cara Delevingne, Celebrities Raising Awareness Of Nigerian Schoolgirl Kidnappings #BringBackOurGirls 4192974 News

There are certain times when celebrities should and shouldn’t get involved with important issues. Alicia Silverstone’s ‘parenting’ book, David Bowie’s strange outburst concerning Scottish independence at the Brit Awards and Jared Leto discussing Ukraine and Venezuela during his Oscar acceptance speech are all pretty good examples of when it’s probably wise to discuss something they actually know about.

Michelle Obama BringBackOurGirls First Lady Michelle Obama has used her Twitter account to raise awareness of the kidnapping

However, celebrities worldwide have teamed together to help raise awareness for one very important current issue. Nearly a month ago around 270 school girls were kidnapped from their boarding school in Nigeria by Islamist militants. A few were able to escape, but most of them were smuggled into the Sambisa forest, where it is feared they will be sold into sex slavery and trafficked to other countries.

MORE: Angelina Jolie condemns Nigerian schoolgirl kidnappings

The Islamist group, known as Boko Haram, have released a video of roughly 130 dressed in Muslim clothes and reading passages from the Qur’an. The girls who were kidnapped were mostly of the Christian faith. The video also included a threat from Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, vowing that the girls will not be seen again unless “you release our brothers that you have captured.”

The world has been shocked by the mass kidnapping, while celebrities all around the world have lent their voice to the cause. The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has been used by celebrities such as Amy Poehler, Alicia Keys, Cara Delevingne and Michelle Obama.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p>Everyone help and raise awareness <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23regram&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#regram</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23repost&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#repost</a> or make your own! Let&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/rescueourgirls" rel="nofollow" >@rescueourgirls</a>… <a href="http://t.co/9qK47EcnnQ" rel="nofollow" >http://t.co/9qK47EcnnQ</a></p>&mdash; Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) <a href="https://twitter.com/Caradelevingne/statuses/464416968481599488" rel="nofollow" >May 8, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Angelina Jolie, who is a UN ambassador, has been very vocal on the subject, stopping on the red carpet at the premiere for her new movie Maleficent to discuss the kidnapping. She explains, “We have to start arresting people for this, we have to start bringing them to justice,” adding, “These things escalate, and I can’t imagine anyone from that region isn’t terrified that the worst is yet to come.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p>Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It&#39;s time to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BringBackOurGirls&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#BringBackOurGirls</a>. -mo <a href="http://t.co/glDKDotJRt" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/glDKDotJRt</a></p>&mdash; The First Lady (@FLOTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/statuses/464148654354628608" rel="nofollow" >May 7, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The most we can really hope is that the awareness the stars are raising will keep this story alive, too many disasters like this are forgotten with time.  With continued awareness the world can carry on fighting for the safe return of the girls to their families. 

Do you think #BringBackOurGirls hashtag has been of some use to the cause?

MORE: Michelle Obama joins cast of ABC Drama 'Nashville'

There are certain times when celebrities should and shouldn’t get involved with important issues. Alicia Silverstone’s ‘parenting’ book, David Bowie’s strange outburst concerning Scottish independence at the Brit Awards and Jared Leto discussing Ukraine and Venezuela during his Oscar acceptance speech are all pretty good examples of when it’s probably wise to discuss something they actually know about.

Michelle Obama BringBackOurGirls First Lady Michelle Obama has used her Twitter account to raise awareness of the kidnapping

However, celebrities worldwide have teamed together to help raise awareness for one very important current issue. Nearly a month ago around 270 school girls were kidnapped from their boarding school in Nigeria by Islamist militants. A few were able to escape, but most of them were smuggled into the Sambisa forest, where it is feared they will be sold into sex slavery and trafficked to other countries.

MORE: Angelina Jolie condemns Nigerian schoolgirl kidnappings

The Islamist group, known as Boko Haram, have released a video of roughly 130 dressed in Muslim clothes and reading passages from the Qur’an. The girls who were kidnapped were mostly of the Christian faith. The video also included a threat from Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, vowing that the girls will not be seen again unless “you release our brothers that you have captured.”

The world has been shocked by the mass kidnapping, while celebrities all around the world have lent their voice to the cause. The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has been used by celebrities such as Amy Poehler, Alicia Keys, Cara Delevingne and Michelle Obama.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p>Everyone help and raise awareness <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23regram&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#regram</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23repost&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#repost</a> or make your own! Let&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/rescueourgirls" rel="nofollow" >@rescueourgirls</a>… <a href="http://t.co/9qK47EcnnQ" rel="nofollow" >http://t.co/9qK47EcnnQ</a></p>&mdash; Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) <a href="https://twitter.com/Caradelevingne/statuses/464416968481599488" rel="nofollow" >May 8, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Angelina Jolie, who is a UN ambassador, has been very vocal on the subject, stopping on the red carpet at the premiere for her new movie Maleficent to discuss the kidnapping. She explains, “We have to start arresting people for this, we have to start bringing them to justice,” adding, “These things escalate, and I can’t imagine anyone from that region isn’t terrified that the worst is yet to come.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p>Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It&#39;s time to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BringBackOurGirls&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#BringBackOurGirls</a>. -mo <a href="http://t.co/glDKDotJRt" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/glDKDotJRt</a></p>&mdash; The First Lady (@FLOTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/statuses/464148654354628608" rel="nofollow" >May 7, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The most we can really hope is that the awareness the stars are raising will keep this story alive, too many disasters like this are forgotten with time.  With continued awareness the world can carry on fighting for the safe return of the girls to their families. 

Do you think #BringBackOurGirls hashtag has been of some use to the cause?

MORE: Michelle Obama joins cast of ABC Drama 'Nashville'

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Frankie Knuckles Honoured By President Barack Obama And First Lady In Sweet Letter 4164906 News

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have paid tribute to the late DJ and record producer, Frankie Knuckles, who passed away at the end of March aged 59 due to complications related to diabetes. Barack and Michelle sent a signed letter addressed to "the friends and family of Frankie Knuckles," expressing their sadness and sympathies.

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DJ Frankie Knuckles Has Been Honoured By The US President & First Lady.

Dubbed "the Godfather of House," Knuckles was famed for his pioneering work in house music, which originated in the 1980s underground dance scene in Chicago, after he learned to DJ growing up in New York. It was Chicago where The Bronx-born music star, who was born Francis Nicholls, settled, worked and later died, and this is where the presidential letter was addressed.

Barack ObamaIn A Genuine & Heartfelt Letter, The President Paid Tribute To Knuckles.

In the letter dated the 17th April, the couple wrote. "We were deeply saddened to learn of Frankie's passing," adding "Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together...and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe."

Listen To Frankie Knuckles' Your Love':
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The Obamas' letter was published on the Facebook page of Knuckles' friend, the DJ David Morales, following the memorial service for Knuckles on Monday night. The city-wide memorial saw hundreds of Chicagoans file into the city's Progressive Baptist Church where they heard tributes by Morales, Illinois governor Pat Quinn, club owner Joe Shanahan, as well as the singers Inaya Day and Terisa Griffin.

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Michelle Obama Joined Her Husband In Expressing Sympathies To Knuckles' Family & Friends.

"House music was a particular type of spiritual music," stated Reverend Roderick Norton, according to the Chicago Reader.

Obama and Knuckles had spent time together in the past and Obama previously paid tribute to Knuckles to mark Chicago's official Frankie Knuckles Day, which took place on the 25th August 2004. The city's dedication to honouring its adopted son also include renaming part of the city's Jefferson Street, outside the former site of the famous Warehouse club, to Frankie Knuckles Way.

More: The best tributes to house music founder Frankie Knuckles.

More: Frankie Knuckles dies, aged 59.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have paid tribute to the late DJ and record producer, Frankie Knuckles, who passed away at the end of March aged 59 due to complications related to diabetes. Barack and Michelle sent a signed letter addressed to "the friends and family of Frankie Knuckles," expressing their sadness and sympathies.

Frankie Knuckles
DJ Frankie Knuckles Has Been Honoured By The US President & First Lady.

Dubbed "the Godfather of House," Knuckles was famed for his pioneering work in house music, which originated in the 1980s underground dance scene in Chicago, after he learned to DJ growing up in New York. It was Chicago where The Bronx-born music star, who was born Francis Nicholls, settled, worked and later died, and this is where the presidential letter was addressed.

Barack ObamaIn A Genuine & Heartfelt Letter, The President Paid Tribute To Knuckles.

In the letter dated the 17th April, the couple wrote. "We were deeply saddened to learn of Frankie's passing," adding "Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together...and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe."

Listen To Frankie Knuckles' Your Love':
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The Obamas' letter was published on the Facebook page of Knuckles' friend, the DJ David Morales, following the memorial service for Knuckles on Monday night. The city-wide memorial saw hundreds of Chicagoans file into the city's Progressive Baptist Church where they heard tributes by Morales, Illinois governor Pat Quinn, club owner Joe Shanahan, as well as the singers Inaya Day and Terisa Griffin.

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama Joined Her Husband In Expressing Sympathies To Knuckles' Family & Friends.

"House music was a particular type of spiritual music," stated Reverend Roderick Norton, according to the Chicago Reader.

Obama and Knuckles had spent time together in the past and Obama previously paid tribute to Knuckles to mark Chicago's official Frankie Knuckles Day, which took place on the 25th August 2004. The city's dedication to honouring its adopted son also include renaming part of the city's Jefferson Street, outside the former site of the famous Warehouse club, to Frankie Knuckles Way.

More: The best tributes to house music founder Frankie Knuckles.

More: Frankie Knuckles dies, aged 59.

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Michelle Obama Joins Cast of ABC Drama 'Nashville' 4161597 News

Michelle Obama is set to make a cameo appearance on American musical drama 'Nashville', next month. The First Lady will make a cameo appearance as herself in the upcoming episode of the ABC drama, which airs on May 7 and leads up to the season two finale.

Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama Will Star On 'Nashville'

Obama will appear alongside regular star Connie Britton, whose character Rayna James convinces her to host a charity concert at Fort Campbell, after its revealed that Luke has been injured in Afghanistan. 

The First Lady appears to have no qualms with the cameras and recently admitted she is not against getting Botox done because she believes women should have the power to feel happy in their own skin.

"Right now, I don't imagine that I would go that route, but I've also learned to never say 'never'. Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves," she said.

Michelle Obama is also no stranger to scripted television. She made an appearance in the season finale of the NBC series Parks and Recreation - following previous cameos from Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain. The First Lady's debut on the show came after she worked with comedienne Amy Poehler on her 'Let's Move' campaign. 

Nashville follows Britton's character Rayna James, a legendary country music superstar whose stardom begins to fade - with rising teen singer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) keen to the take the mantle. 

More: Hayden Panettiere loves Nashville life

Watch Michelle Obama and President Obama dancing to Jennifer Hudson:
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Michelle Obama is set to make a cameo appearance on American musical drama 'Nashville', next month. The First Lady will make a cameo appearance as herself in the upcoming episode of the ABC drama, which airs on May 7 and leads up to the season two finale.

Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama Will Star On 'Nashville'

Obama will appear alongside regular star Connie Britton, whose character Rayna James convinces her to host a charity concert at Fort Campbell, after its revealed that Luke has been injured in Afghanistan. 

The First Lady appears to have no qualms with the cameras and recently admitted she is not against getting Botox done because she believes women should have the power to feel happy in their own skin.

"Right now, I don't imagine that I would go that route, but I've also learned to never say 'never'. Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves," she said.

Michelle Obama is also no stranger to scripted television. She made an appearance in the season finale of the NBC series Parks and Recreation - following previous cameos from Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain. The First Lady's debut on the show came after she worked with comedienne Amy Poehler on her 'Let's Move' campaign. 

Nashville follows Britton's character Rayna James, a legendary country music superstar whose stardom begins to fade - with rising teen singer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) keen to the take the mantle. 

More: Hayden Panettiere loves Nashville life

Watch Michelle Obama and President Obama dancing to Jennifer Hudson:
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21st April 2014 3833183
First Lady Michelle Obama Is Coming To Nashville Ahead Of Season Finale 4161842 News

First Lady Michelle Obama will be giving the presidential seal of approval to ABC’s hit country music drama ‘Nashville’ by making a guest appearance on the show next month.

Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama will be appearing in an episode of Nashville

Mrs Obama will be cameoing as herself in an episode entitled ‘All Or Nothing With Me’, which will air on May 7th. In the episode, reigning country queen Rayna James, played by Connie Britton, finds out that up and coming star Luke Wheeler has been injured in Afghanistan. James then quickly goes about setting up a charity concert where she enlists the First Lady to help. Also guest starring in the episode is former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, who will also play herself.

This will be Michelle’s second TV guest appearance this year. In February she filmed a cameo for NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ season finale which will air in the US this Thursday. Her scenes for the episode entitled, ‘Moving Up’, were filmed in late February when the First Lady visited Miami. Mrs Obama had been in Miami celebrating her ‘Let’s Move’ initiative which is dedicated to tackling childhood obesity.

Nashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden PanettiereNashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere

The critically acclaimed Nashville is currently gearing up towards its season 2 finale. ‘All Or Nothing With Me’, featuring Michelle Obama, will air on May 7th, with the finale taking place a week later. Nashville also stars Hayden Panettiere. as rising country star Juliette Barnes alongside Claire Bowen and Eric Close. Main stars Briton and Panettiere have both received Golden Globe nominations for their work on the series which premiered in 2012.

More: Michelle Obama Lands Cameo On Parks And Recreation
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First Lady Michelle Obama will be giving the presidential seal of approval to ABC’s hit country music drama ‘Nashville’ by making a guest appearance on the show next month.

Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama will be appearing in an episode of Nashville

Mrs Obama will be cameoing as herself in an episode entitled ‘All Or Nothing With Me’, which will air on May 7th. In the episode, reigning country queen Rayna James, played by Connie Britton, finds out that up and coming star Luke Wheeler has been injured in Afghanistan. James then quickly goes about setting up a charity concert where she enlists the First Lady to help. Also guest starring in the episode is former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, who will also play herself.

This will be Michelle’s second TV guest appearance this year. In February she filmed a cameo for NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ season finale which will air in the US this Thursday. Her scenes for the episode entitled, ‘Moving Up’, were filmed in late February when the First Lady visited Miami. Mrs Obama had been in Miami celebrating her ‘Let’s Move’ initiative which is dedicated to tackling childhood obesity.

Nashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden PanettiereNashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere

The critically acclaimed Nashville is currently gearing up towards its season 2 finale. ‘All Or Nothing With Me’, featuring Michelle Obama, will air on May 7th, with the finale taking place a week later. Nashville also stars Hayden Panettiere. as rising country star Juliette Barnes alongside Claire Bowen and Eric Close. Main stars Briton and Panettiere have both received Golden Globe nominations for their work on the series which premiered in 2012.

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20th April 2014 3833183
So, What Did Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon Talk About? 4080322 News

If you’ve been watching House of Cards recently, you’ll have the impression that every media appearance by a personal of political influence is a meticulously planned affair. (Oh Claire Underwood, that was a risk). And they are. But watching Michelle Obama breeze onto The Tonight Show to have a chat with Jimmy Fallon, and you’d be forgiven for thinking they asked her at the last minute.

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Michelle Obama had an open chat with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show

With her usual charm and charisma, The First Lady spoke about her two kids - Malia and Sasha - and how all they want is to live normally, without their father – the most famous man in the world – coming to their school. "They want nothing to do with us," she said, laughing. "They really want normalcy and the White House isn't normal," she explained. "I'll say 'Don't you want to invite your friends over to watch a movie?' She's like, 'No one wants to come here.'"

Like most teenagers her age, Malia Obama is going about learning to drive, something her mother was quick to warn the residents of Washington D.C about. "Ladies and gentlemen in D.C. , watch out!” she said. “Malia Obama on the road - kinda frightening. I have security, so I'm good, but..."

Of course, the time for small talk would inevitably come to an end, and some serious political chat would hit the table. Political chat like Obamacare. The First Lady was quick to urge parents into convincing their young-adult offspring to sign up for the $50 per month tarrif, suggesting it’s the same price as a pair of gym shoes. Of course, people don’t buy gym shoes every month, but according to Obama, “A lot of young people think they’ve invincible, but the truth is that young people are knuckleheads.”

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If you’ve been watching House of Cards recently, you’ll have the impression that every media appearance by a personal of political influence is a meticulously planned affair. (Oh Claire Underwood, that was a risk). And they are. But watching Michelle Obama breeze onto The Tonight Show to have a chat with Jimmy Fallon, and you’d be forgiven for thinking they asked her at the last minute.

Michelle ObamaJimmy Fallon
Michelle Obama had an open chat with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show

With her usual charm and charisma, The First Lady spoke about her two kids - Malia and Sasha - and how all they want is to live normally, without their father – the most famous man in the world – coming to their school. "They want nothing to do with us," she said, laughing. "They really want normalcy and the White House isn't normal," she explained. "I'll say 'Don't you want to invite your friends over to watch a movie?' She's like, 'No one wants to come here.'"

Like most teenagers her age, Malia Obama is going about learning to drive, something her mother was quick to warn the residents of Washington D.C about. "Ladies and gentlemen in D.C. , watch out!” she said. “Malia Obama on the road - kinda frightening. I have security, so I'm good, but..."

Of course, the time for small talk would inevitably come to an end, and some serious political chat would hit the table. Political chat like Obamacare. The First Lady was quick to urge parents into convincing their young-adult offspring to sign up for the $50 per month tarrif, suggesting it’s the same price as a pair of gym shoes. Of course, people don’t buy gym shoes every month, but according to Obama, “A lot of young people think they’ve invincible, but the truth is that young people are knuckleheads.”

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21st February 2014 3833183
President Obama Requests "No Spoilers" For 'House Of Cards' Season 2 4069320 News

President Barack Obama has requested that America, and the rest of the world for that matter, keep any news of House of Cards season 2 to themselves, at least until he has time to watch it!

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President Barack Obama tweets "No spoilers, please."

President Obama took to Twitter on Thursday (13th February), evidently excited about the release of the second season of the hit drama on Netflix. The President tweeted "Tomorrow: House of Cards. No spoilers, please."

As all thirteen episodes of House of Cards were immediately made available for streaming on Netflix on Friday (14th February) it was quite possible to watch all 13 episodes within a day. For the binge watchers among us, this was heaven. Sadly for Obama, running one of the world's most influential countries and caring for his family, doesn't allow much time to spend thirteen hours watching Kevin Spacey, as Frank Underwood, manipulate his way into the White House. 

<center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Tomorrow: <a href="https://twitter.com/HouseofCards" rel="nofollow" >@HouseOfCards</a>. No spoilers, please.</p>&mdash; Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/statuses/434108103789793281" rel="nofollow" >February 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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House of Cards, based on the British television series of the same name, stars Kevin Spacey as Congressman Frank Underwood whose goal in life is to manipulative, bully and blackmail his way to the White House. His wife Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, has an agenda of her own which is only matched by the machinations of Frank's journalist lover, Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara). Without spoiling anything for the President, in the first episode there's a major death and a life changing decision from Claire. 

The President presumably also spent a busy Valentine's Day with his wife, Michelle Obama and he tweeted in honour of her. On the day in question, he wrote "Here's the truth: Michelle Obama is still the best Valentine," and attached a photograph of him kissing her cheek. Hopefully President Obama will let us know on his highly active Twitter account if House of Cards was part of his Valentine's Day celebrations and what he thought of it!

<center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Here&#39;s the truth: <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelleObama" rel="nofollow" >@MichelleObama</a> is still the best Valentine. <a href="http://t.co/Qx8T4Izxqs" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/Qx8T4Izxqs</a></p>&mdash; Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/statuses/434371604651327488" rel="nofollow" >February 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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House of Cards season 2 is available on Netflix now. 

President Barack Obama has requested that America, and the rest of the world for that matter, keep any news of House of Cards season 2 to themselves, at least until he has time to watch it!

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama tweets "No spoilers, please."

President Obama took to Twitter on Thursday (13th February), evidently excited about the release of the second season of the hit drama on Netflix. The President tweeted "Tomorrow: House of Cards. No spoilers, please."

As all thirteen episodes of House of Cards were immediately made available for streaming on Netflix on Friday (14th February) it was quite possible to watch all 13 episodes within a day. For the binge watchers among us, this was heaven. Sadly for Obama, running one of the world's most influential countries and caring for his family, doesn't allow much time to spend thirteen hours watching Kevin Spacey, as Frank Underwood, manipulate his way into the White House. 

<center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Tomorrow: <a href="https://twitter.com/HouseofCards" rel="nofollow" >@HouseOfCards</a>. No spoilers, please.</p>&mdash; Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/statuses/434108103789793281" rel="nofollow" >February 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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House of Cards, based on the British television series of the same name, stars Kevin Spacey as Congressman Frank Underwood whose goal in life is to manipulative, bully and blackmail his way to the White House. His wife Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, has an agenda of her own which is only matched by the machinations of Frank's journalist lover, Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara). Without spoiling anything for the President, in the first episode there's a major death and a life changing decision from Claire. 

The President presumably also spent a busy Valentine's Day with his wife, Michelle Obama and he tweeted in honour of her. On the day in question, he wrote "Here's the truth: Michelle Obama is still the best Valentine," and attached a photograph of him kissing her cheek. Hopefully President Obama will let us know on his highly active Twitter account if House of Cards was part of his Valentine's Day celebrations and what he thought of it!

<center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>Here&#39;s the truth: <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelleObama" rel="nofollow" >@MichelleObama</a> is still the best Valentine. <a href="http://t.co/Qx8T4Izxqs" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/Qx8T4Izxqs</a></p>&mdash; Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/statuses/434371604651327488" rel="nofollow" >February 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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House of Cards season 2 is available on Netflix now. 

16th February 2014 3582341
Michelle Obama Fronts Filmmakers Workshop At White House As She Promotes Careers In Hollywood 3944150 News

First Lady Michelle Obama presented a filmmakers workshop at the White House on Friday, 8 November, to promote careers in the entertainment industry to a group of high school students. Obama enlisted the help of Harvey Weinstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Coogler, Bruce Cohen, Blake Lively and a myriad of other Hollywood stars as part of an a-list forum aimed at encouraging kids to look towards the film and TV industry as a possible career path.

The all-star panel capped off a day of activities for high schools students gathered from Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York meeting in the capital. The First Lady aims to promote careers in the entertainment industry outside of acting and directing, as well as hopefully inspiring a generation of future Oscar winners.

"It just doesn’t take technical knowledge to succeed in the movie business. It is not just about being the best actor, or creating the best special effects,” the First Lady said (via The Warp). “It is about having grit.”

Obama went on to discuss how many of Hollywood's brightest talents have had to overcome personal struggles to reach the heights they are at now, encouraging the high schoolers to follow their own dreams despite any possible obstacles they may come across in their way. Referring to Fruitvale Station director Coogler, she said, “If it weren’t for the discipline and drive his parents instilled in him, he might have ended as a statistic,” before mentioning that Goldberg had to overcome “all kinds of adversity” to get to where she is today.

Michelle Obama promotes healthy eating through hip-hop

Moving on to Weinstein, who she called “a wonderful human being and a good friend,” Obama suggested that his success stems back to his childhood. She said, “For Harvey, it was a poke in the eye, and I mean literally a poke in the eye that may have led him becoming one of the biggest producers in Hollywood that we have ever seen. When Harvey was 10, he lost an eye when he was playing with other kids. So he couldn’t go to school for 6 months. But Harvey didn’t sit around feeling sorry for himself. He knocked on the door of a retired librarian who lived next door to him and asked for books. Now for those of you who know Harvey … can you imagine a 10-year-old Harvey in a conversation with a librarian… From that moment on, Harvey developed a knack for reading and a skill for finding good stories he has used for years for decades.”

Harvey Weinstein
Obama hopes Harvey Weinstein can inspire future producers

First Lady Michelle Obama presented a filmmakers workshop at the White House on Friday, 8 November, to promote careers in the entertainment industry to a group of high school students. Obama enlisted the help of Harvey Weinstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Coogler, Bruce Cohen, Blake Lively and a myriad of other Hollywood stars as part of an a-list forum aimed at encouraging kids to look towards the film and TV industry as a possible career path.

The all-star panel capped off a day of activities for high schools students gathered from Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York meeting in the capital. The First Lady aims to promote careers in the entertainment industry outside of acting and directing, as well as hopefully inspiring a generation of future Oscar winners.

"It just doesn’t take technical knowledge to succeed in the movie business. It is not just about being the best actor, or creating the best special effects,” the First Lady said (via The Warp). “It is about having grit.”

Obama went on to discuss how many of Hollywood's brightest talents have had to overcome personal struggles to reach the heights they are at now, encouraging the high schoolers to follow their own dreams despite any possible obstacles they may come across in their way. Referring to Fruitvale Station director Coogler, she said, “If it weren’t for the discipline and drive his parents instilled in him, he might have ended as a statistic,” before mentioning that Goldberg had to overcome “all kinds of adversity” to get to where she is today.

Michelle Obama promotes healthy eating through hip-hop

Moving on to Weinstein, who she called “a wonderful human being and a good friend,” Obama suggested that his success stems back to his childhood. She said, “For Harvey, it was a poke in the eye, and I mean literally a poke in the eye that may have led him becoming one of the biggest producers in Hollywood that we have ever seen. When Harvey was 10, he lost an eye when he was playing with other kids. So he couldn’t go to school for 6 months. But Harvey didn’t sit around feeling sorry for himself. He knocked on the door of a retired librarian who lived next door to him and asked for books. Now for those of you who know Harvey … can you imagine a 10-year-old Harvey in a conversation with a librarian… From that moment on, Harvey developed a knack for reading and a skill for finding good stories he has used for years for decades.”

Harvey Weinstein
Obama hopes Harvey Weinstein can inspire future producers

9th November 2013 3833183
Last Night's SNL Featured The Neglected Characters - All Of Them, Played By Kerry Washington 3934098 News

They had to do it. There couldn’t have been a better opportunity for SNL to address the diversity issue than a guest appearance by Kerry Washington. SNL fans were eager to see how the show would tackle its obvious lack of black comediennes with a prominent diversity advocate (not to mention an exceptional actress) like Washington on board. They were not disappointed.

Kerry Washington, Paley Center
Washington had to play both the First Lady, Oprah and a whole host of other celebrities.

So you know how people have been complaining that the lack of a black comedienne severely limits the cast’s topical sketches? The two main examples were Oprah and Michelle Obama – with noone to impersonate them, SNL has missed some golden opportunities over the past six years (the last time Michelle Obama was featured in a skit, she was played by Maya Rudolph in 2007). Not last night though, because Washington was on a mission to perform all the sketches! All the sketches that SNL hasn’t done due to casting limitations. The writers didn’t waste any time and the Scandal actress came out as the first lady at the very beginning of the episode causing President Obama (Jay Pharoah) to remark, "I feel like it's been years since I've seen you!" See what they did there?

Kerry Washington, Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon
At least the writers are self-aware.

At the end of the gag, an Obama aide (Taran Killam) announced that Oprah was just outside, motioning to Washington with the rather pleading: “Kenan won’t…?” After the actress, pardon, “the first lady” had exited, a voice over announced: "The producers at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play. We make these requests because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent – and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman on the cast. Mostly the latter. We agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future, unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first."

It doesn’t do anything to solve the problem, but we have to admit that the writing team does have a knack for self-deprecating humor.

Kerry Washington, Late Show with David Letterman
"Unless we fall in love with another white guy first." Well put, SNL. 

They had to do it. There couldn’t have been a better opportunity for SNL to address the diversity issue than a guest appearance by Kerry Washington. SNL fans were eager to see how the show would tackle its obvious lack of black comediennes with a prominent diversity advocate (not to mention an exceptional actress) like Washington on board. They were not disappointed.

Kerry Washington, Paley Center
Washington had to play both the First Lady, Oprah and a whole host of other celebrities.

So you know how people have been complaining that the lack of a black comedienne severely limits the cast’s topical sketches? The two main examples were Oprah and Michelle Obama – with noone to impersonate them, SNL has missed some golden opportunities over the past six years (the last time Michelle Obama was featured in a skit, she was played by Maya Rudolph in 2007). Not last night though, because Washington was on a mission to perform all the sketches! All the sketches that SNL hasn’t done due to casting limitations. The writers didn’t waste any time and the Scandal actress came out as the first lady at the very beginning of the episode causing President Obama (Jay Pharoah) to remark, "I feel like it's been years since I've seen you!" See what they did there?

Kerry Washington, Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon
At least the writers are self-aware.

At the end of the gag, an Obama aide (Taran Killam) announced that Oprah was just outside, motioning to Washington with the rather pleading: “Kenan won’t…?” After the actress, pardon, “the first lady” had exited, a voice over announced: "The producers at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play. We make these requests because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent – and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman on the cast. Mostly the latter. We agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future, unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first."

It doesn’t do anything to solve the problem, but we have to admit that the writing team does have a knack for self-deprecating humor.

Kerry Washington, Late Show with David Letterman
"Unless we fall in love with another white guy first." Well put, SNL. 

3rd November 2013 3928823
Glowing Kerry Washington Promotes Her Very First SNL Hosting Gig 3929100 News

Kerry Washington has been killing it lately – the newly pregnant star is doing great both in her personal and her professional life, with an upcoming SNL hosting gig to look forward to. In the promos, Washington and Taran Killam riff off each other on topics like Scandal, Eminem’s special performing style (the rapper will be the musical guest during the episode) and of course, that ever touchy subject – Washington’s body.

Kerry Washington, Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon
Washington looked glamorous as ever, promoting her SNL episode.

To be fair, the actress isn’t showing any sort of baby bump and looks killer in a purple ensemble (and matching lipstick.) Killam on the other hand, has opted for the traditional uniform – patterned shirt and neutral cardigan. But enough about the clothes, let’s talk about the controversy.

Check out the full set of promos below, courtesy of NBC's official YouTube channel:
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Namely that, once again, this season’s cast on SNL does not include a black woman. Diversity is important, and Lorne Michaels’ team doesn’t really have a great reputation with that (in SNL’s over three decade run, the show has featured three black comediennes in total,) but more than that, it prevents the show from doing a lot of topical humor.

Both of the show’s black comedians – Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharaoh both refuse to do drag, as is their right, which means for example, that in the entirety of President Obama’s run, there hasn’t been a single impersonation of the first lady. No Oprah, no Beyoncé – and let’s face it, as much as we’re all convinced that Beyoncé is perfection in human form, a few gags poking fun at her would hit the perfect cultural nerve at the moment.

Thompson tried to defend the show’s producers earlier this year, but he only made matters worse, by inadvertently stating that black comediennes just weren’t “ready” for the show. Thankfully, Washington seems to be. Hopefully the writers will put her acting talents to good use and write a few of those sketches SNL fans have been expecting for years.

Kerry Washington, Ed Sullivan Theater
Washington has a lot to celebrate these days.

Kerry Washington has been killing it lately – the newly pregnant star is doing great both in her personal and her professional life, with an upcoming SNL hosting gig to look forward to. In the promos, Washington and Taran Killam riff off each other on topics like Scandal, Eminem’s special performing style (the rapper will be the musical guest during the episode) and of course, that ever touchy subject – Washington’s body.

Kerry Washington, Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon
Washington looked glamorous as ever, promoting her SNL episode.

To be fair, the actress isn’t showing any sort of baby bump and looks killer in a purple ensemble (and matching lipstick.) Killam on the other hand, has opted for the traditional uniform – patterned shirt and neutral cardigan. But enough about the clothes, let’s talk about the controversy.

Check out the full set of promos below, courtesy of NBC's official YouTube channel:
<iframe width="636" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZaLwzE0yN_U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Namely that, once again, this season’s cast on SNL does not include a black woman. Diversity is important, and Lorne Michaels’ team doesn’t really have a great reputation with that (in SNL’s over three decade run, the show has featured three black comediennes in total,) but more than that, it prevents the show from doing a lot of topical humor.

Both of the show’s black comedians – Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharaoh both refuse to do drag, as is their right, which means for example, that in the entirety of President Obama’s run, there hasn’t been a single impersonation of the first lady. No Oprah, no Beyoncé – and let’s face it, as much as we’re all convinced that Beyoncé is perfection in human form, a few gags poking fun at her would hit the perfect cultural nerve at the moment.

Thompson tried to defend the show’s producers earlier this year, but he only made matters worse, by inadvertently stating that black comediennes just weren’t “ready” for the show. Thankfully, Washington seems to be. Hopefully the writers will put her acting talents to good use and write a few of those sketches SNL fans have been expecting for years.

Kerry Washington, Ed Sullivan Theater
Washington has a lot to celebrate these days.

30th October 2013 3928823
Kanye West Says Kim Kardashian Is "More Influential" Than Michelle Obama 3928533 News

Kanye West is an opinionated man, we've come to learn this about him pretty regularly from his constant rants. Just show him the front cover of a magazine, say Vogue for example, and he'll have an opinion on it, probably one that revolves around how it doesn't compare to either him or his fiancé Kim Kardashian.

Michelle ObamaKim Kardashian
Obama got nothing on Kanye's girl, says Kanye

Speaking to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM show on Tuesday, 29 October, morning, the controversial rapper did just that, declaring his love for Kim K and argued that she is more influential than Michelle Obama, insisting that it should be his fiancé on the cover of Vogue rather than the First Lady. He argued that, between them, he and Kim have a bigger influence on fashion over anyone else in the world today and that the curvaceous Instagram image Kim uploaded earlier this month was cause enough for her to be the latest Vogue cover star.

"There's no way Kim Kardashian shouldn't be on the cover of Vogue. She's like the most intriguing woman right now. She's got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday," he told argued with Seacrest. "And collectively, we're the most influential with clothing. No one is looking at what [President Barack Obama] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day."

He continued, stating that reality stars shouldn't be ignored by major fashion publications, adding that Carine Roitfeld, the former editor of French Vogue, got it right when she featured Kim on the front cover of her eponymous CR Fashion Book. He said, "Carine Roitfeld supports my girl. That's a breakthrough. There's a wall of classism that we are breaking through."

But Kanye wasn't all about bigging up his future wife, as he went on to further discuss his love of her and how nervous he felt before asking her to marry him last weekend.

"I was nervous. I was talking to her cousin. I was like, 'I don't know, what do you think she's going to say?' I'm not arrogant about love and feelings at all. I'm confident in the work I put so much work into, but this is someone else's feelings. You never know what someone else may feel at the time," he told Seacrest. "I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time. I remember I saw a picture of her and Paris Hilton, and I remember telling my boy, 'Have you seen that girl Kim Kar-dijon?'"

Kim and Kanye
Kanye and Kim Kar-dijon have yet to set a date for the wedding

Kanye West is an opinionated man, we've come to learn this about him pretty regularly from his constant rants. Just show him the front cover of a magazine, say Vogue for example, and he'll have an opinion on it, probably one that revolves around how it doesn't compare to either him or his fiancé Kim Kardashian.

Michelle ObamaKim Kardashian
Obama got nothing on Kanye's girl, says Kanye

Speaking to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM show on Tuesday, 29 October, morning, the controversial rapper did just that, declaring his love for Kim K and argued that she is more influential than Michelle Obama, insisting that it should be his fiancé on the cover of Vogue rather than the First Lady. He argued that, between them, he and Kim have a bigger influence on fashion over anyone else in the world today and that the curvaceous Instagram image Kim uploaded earlier this month was cause enough for her to be the latest Vogue cover star.

"There's no way Kim Kardashian shouldn't be on the cover of Vogue. She's like the most intriguing woman right now. She's got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday," he told argued with Seacrest. "And collectively, we're the most influential with clothing. No one is looking at what [President Barack Obama] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day."

He continued, stating that reality stars shouldn't be ignored by major fashion publications, adding that Carine Roitfeld, the former editor of French Vogue, got it right when she featured Kim on the front cover of her eponymous CR Fashion Book. He said, "Carine Roitfeld supports my girl. That's a breakthrough. There's a wall of classism that we are breaking through."

But Kanye wasn't all about bigging up his future wife, as he went on to further discuss his love of her and how nervous he felt before asking her to marry him last weekend.

"I was nervous. I was talking to her cousin. I was like, 'I don't know, what do you think she's going to say?' I'm not arrogant about love and feelings at all. I'm confident in the work I put so much work into, but this is someone else's feelings. You never know what someone else may feel at the time," he told Seacrest. "I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time. I remember I saw a picture of her and Paris Hilton, and I remember telling my boy, 'Have you seen that girl Kim Kar-dijon?'"

Kim and Kanye
Kanye and Kim Kar-dijon have yet to set a date for the wedding

30th October 2013 3923586
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