White House

Barack Obama, at a press conference today, speaking about the new look for Commerce Secretary nominee Gov. Bill Richardson:

“We’re deeply disappointed with the loss of the beard.”


Dear Michelle Obama,

Thanks for reading my blog.

I know there is much for you to consider in this transition period. I am going to stay out of the puppy and school debates — I think you should do whatever is best for your children, as long as it involves a public school or shelter/rescue dog.

But I would like to make one little recommendation for the Inaugural ball. Have you considered Kevan Hall, an L.A.-based designer, who also happens to be African American and a really cool guy?

Please wear this dress.


You will look lovely.


your friend and new neighbor in DC

ps I really like how your family wears coordinating colors for major events. It is very cute. I am looking forward to some adorable hats for the Inauguration.

pps That was really funny, the way you talked to President-elect Barack Obama about taking a walk or getting a dog (5 min. into vid).

ppps I’ll walk the dog whenever you like, if Malia is too busy.

Dear President Bush,

There is no economic crisis when it comes to White House dinners — it appears you will feast on some delicious food at the White House tonight! May I please join you and your G20 cronies? I promise I will be polite. Even to China.



ps How do you risotto quinoa? Is that even possible?







Fruitwood-smoked Quail with Quince Gastrique

Quinoa Risotto

Landmark Chardonnay “Damaris Reserve” 2006

Thyme-roasted Rack of Lamb

Tomato, Fennel and Eggplant Fondue

Chanterelle Jus

Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003

Lolla Rosa, Red Oak and Endive

Cider Vinaigrette

Baked Vermont Brie with Walnut Crostini

Pear Torte

Huckleberry Sauce

Chandon Étoile Rosé

My friend L-bug has a hot backless dress from the nuns that she is going to wear to the med school prom. But imagine if one of the HOT med school students showed up in a Tanzanian dress bedazzled with the face of President Bush?

Yes, when President Bush was in Africa last week, women wore fabric with his smiling mug printed across it. Feel at home, President Bush. We wave hand at you!

The President proudly displayed his travel pictures yesterday at a slideshow for his pals. He said this of the dresses: “I thought the dresses were pretty stylish. But my good wife reminded me that I shouldn’t expect to see them flying off the shelves in American stores anytime soon.”


Someone caught the typo! The “Counsil on Financial Lireracy” rule I wrote about yesterday was corrected in today’s Federal Register. It is now, more properly, a “Council on Financial Literacy.” I suppose this is a good sign for humanity, but I am a bit disappointed to lose the joke. It *was* misprinted in the Federal Register’s public inspection documents yesterday; I checked them at the source.

As far as the economy goes, I can say that the weak American dollar really hits home when you spend a weekend in London. All the prices appear to be about what one would expect to pay, as far as the numbers go … but wait, they are in pounds, not dollars! With the exchange rate at $2 to every pound right now, that means that everything pretty much costs twice as much as it seems like it should. It hurts a little.
Now I understand why so many Europeans are purchasing homes in U.S. resort towns — it’s like a half-price sale!

Apparently, President Bush has a President’s Advisory Counsil on Financial Lireracy.

Yes, spelled just like that — Counsil on Financial Lireracy. I am not making this up. When you see that, is it any wonder the U.S. is having economic woes? How can the Lireracy Counsil help us?

This beautiful typo is from the public inspection records of the Federal Register, our weary nation’s esteemed daily book of rules from the federal government. It should be published in the Federal Register tomorrow:



Committees; establishment, renewal, termination, etc.:

Financial Lireracy, President’s Advisory Counsil on; establishment, 08-325
[Filed 1/23/08 at 8:57 am]


The Barney cam is up! (It has been up all day, I assume, but I am just getting around to it, as I have been engaged with the farm bill, which has entered my life again in our ongoing tumultuous relationship.)

In this year’s annual holiday video, Barney and Miss Beazley go on a quest to become Junior Park Rangers. It is fairly cute, especially the scenes where the pups dash through the corridors of the White House on their adorable stubby legs. But, hellooooo, where is the White House Prop Team? What is the point of becoming a Junior Park Ranger if there is no hat? Nary even a badge!? This is a stunning oversight and, indeed, an incredible disappointment. Just imagine, if you will, the cuteness of the pups beneath a cap like the one pictured below –now, that would be good theater!


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