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The inauguration is a week away and Barack's been so busy getting his ducks in a row you almost forget that he's not actually president yet. Even ole' W is chomping at the bit to get this whole thing over with. He gives his farewell address on Thursday and promises his Primetime swansong will be all about making nice.
No more talk from The Decider about wiretapping and waterboarding. Just a 15-minute trip down memory lane and that'll be the end of the "misunderestimated" 43rd president.
The President-Elect heads up to Capitol Hill today for his last pre-presidential visit with lawmakers. He'll likely discuss -- what else? -- the economy. His old rival, Hillary Clinton, will start confirmation hearings for her Secretary of State gig. Don't expect a bloodbath when the former First Lady campaigns for her new job. It'll be more like a daylong Hillary love fest.
It's not all work and no play in Obamaland. The Obamas took a family outing to the Lincoln Memorial this weekend to check out Honest Abe. The ever-adorable Sasha and Malia sported purple boots and looked downright giddy to be out with Mom, Dad, the Secret Service and a slew of news cameras so close to bedtime.
While we're on the subject of Lincoln, Obama plans to take the oath of office on the same Bible that the 16th president used when he was inaugurated. Michelle and Barack are so confident they can handle the big day that they skipped the dress rehearsal on Sunday. The guy who filled in for Barack gave a speech that drew cheers. "It felt great to be famous for one day," said Army Staff Sgt. Derrick Brooks, who pretended to be the 44th president.
J. Lo and hubby Marc Anthony evoked the scorn of Latino Obama supporters for basking in the glory of Obama's success. Jennifer Lopez plans to speak at the Latino Inaugural Ball and Marc Anthony will perform at it. This would be just dandy if it weren't for the fact that the couple supported Hillary until the bitter end and refused to support Obama even a few days before the election. One "power player" described the couple as "vile opportunists for worming themselves into anything Obama related even though they had nothing to do with his win." Ouch!
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