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Well, it took almost the entire year, but we were finally able to see President and Mrs. Obama in their first joint interview of 2013.
First of all, can we just discuss how without even speaking, you can see the love they have for one another? It’s clearly one that you don’t ever have to question, it’s right in your face. That’s one of the things people love about President and Mrs. Obama. Barbara Walters, who conducted the interview during a segment on ABC’s 20/20 on Friday, acknowledged it and also asked if it ever gets a little more intense than these happy moments:
Both: Yeah. Absolutely. We’re married.
Mrs. Obama: We’ve been married for — I mean, we’re married. Do you go through the list of things that irritate us about each other?
President Obama: That’s the nature of marriage. You have to respect each other. You have to like each other. You have to be honest with each other. But it’s not always going to be smooth sailing. And there’s some work involved. And there should be work. And — there are gonna be tensions.
They also talked about their daughters, Malia and Sasha, and how they continue to try and make sure they have normal lives even though they’re in such a public view. If you can believe it, Malia, 15, is old enough to date! Walters asked if Malia actually dates but the Obamas quickly shut that question down:
Mrs. Obama: Oh we’re not gonna — we’re not gonna talk about that.
Pres. Obama: We’re not gonna put her business out there.
Mrs. Obama: She does what every — every normal teenager does. You know, we think about not just her life here, but her life after. Because she’s gotta be an independent, strong, smart, capable woman in the world. So, she has to get her training now.
Mrs. Obama added that in terms of social media, the girls are very limited in their usage. Because she’s older, Malia is allowed to use it some but Sasha, only 13, is not allowed to be on social media.
In terms of business, both President and Mrs. Obama say that his low approval ratings are part of the job and people won’t like everything he does. Now, Barbara took it further asking if he thought Mrs. Obama would have made a better President and based on Mrs. Obama’s semi-laugh and facial expressions, Barbara really tried it with that question. President Obama took the political route by saying she would have, but Mrs. Obama quickly refused that one:
Mrs. Obama: I absolutely don’t agree. You know, he has a level of patience and — and focus — and tenacity and calm, you know, that just doesn’t come by anyone. I definitely don’t have that patience.
Finally, one of the big questions is what will they do once his second term is over. Will Pres. Obama continue in politics?
Mrs. Obama: That’s a no.
Pres. Obama: I think it’s fair to say that I’ve run my last campaign. I won’t be in another elected office. Will I continue to care deeply about issues we are working on? Absolutely.
They both agree that where they will live will be decided, in large part, by what Sasha wants to do. Malia will be in college, but Sasha will only be a sophomore in high school so they want to make sure she’s good.
You can check out more of the interview here.
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of family, food, and fun, but somewhere between the time guests hit the door and they sit down to feast on dinner, the holiday turns into a time of interrogation. Suddenly, friends and family you don’t see all that often throughout the year are trying to play catch up — unfortunately they tend to do so in the most intrusive way: inappropriate and awkward questions.
We know they don’t mean any harm — most times — but we still hate this part of Turkey day. Here are 11 questions we hope nobody asks us this Thanksgiving.
She woke before the birds and the sun, your mother. She wandered to the kitchen, slipped on an apron, and she began to work. Her hands were busy: basting the ever-baking turkey, peeling and mashing the potatoes, boiling and cheesing the macaroni, and skinning and candying the yams. The stuffing, cornbread, cranberry sauce, salmon, ham, collard greens, and sweet potato pie yet to be completed and on the family table, but she would somehow have it all prepared by 4 p.m. She turned the kitchen into a workshop. And, when you and your siblings were a bit older, you joined her, helping to bring ease to the brave task of having to prepare a vast meal for a large family. She would share her recipes with humor as she overwhelmed the house with rich flavor. And, about six or seven hours after, the separate ingredients will have transformed into a generous meal. Long hours of preparation gives way to decadent consumption, and you and your family sit down for a grand meal, sampling everything that was made, filling yourselves with food and conversation until you feel too swollen to move.
However, this year, you can’t make it home –perhaps for the first time ever–for a number of reasons, including being broke or too busy. You’ve found yourself in a different city or different country, and you’re DEVASTATED about the fact that you won’t get the chance to eat your mother’s five-star pie or your sister’s incomparable eggplant Parmesan. That’s my story. But don’t fret. While it’s evident that you can’t enjoy the fine eats or familial company, there are ways to cope with spending the holiday away from home. Here’s what I’ve figure out.
You Can’t Go to Your Family, So Bring Your Family to You (Kinda Of)
Since you’ll be apart from your family for Thanksgiving, consider setting up your computer and turn on the video chat if you’re feeling lonely. You can prepare a meal virtually, alongside your family, while you converse with one another. Or, simply set up chat when it’s time for dinner. Your family members can place the computer at the end of the dinner table, and you can experience all the drama, love and confusion that’s associated with any family gathering.
Have a Good Network of Friends
There’s no feeling quite like being completely alone on a national holiday, particularly one that’s family-oriented. So, if you’re forced to be away from your family on such a day, look to friends. Look to the people around you and reach out…even if you might feel embarrassed. There’s no shame in not wanting to be alone–and friends will comfort you with food, fun and drinks to make up for the fact that your family isn’t around. Chances are, they’re celebrating without their clan too. Together, you and your friends can collaborate to make a lavish meal, potentially saving yourselves money and time.
Learn To Create New Traditions
Thanksgiving can be fulfilling, just as it can be exhausting. The good thing about being an adult and away from traditional obligations is to that you can make traditions of your own. Forgo the usual Thanksgiving turkey and take advantage of the day off of work in a different way. Grab a friend and explore your city, grab lunch at a great sushi place, grab early bird drink specials, and go shopping. Contrary to popular belief, not every store is closed, and a lot of them are kicking off their Black Friday sales early. Also, if you have a serious need for Thanksgiving cuisine and you don’t want to cook, there are a few restaurants that have carry out Thanksgiving food: Bob Evans, Boston Market, Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants, Cowboy Chicken Wood Fire Rotisserie, Cracker Barrel, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, HoneyBaked Ham, Luby’s, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Popeyes and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Also, consider ending your evening with a trip to a bar, a club or karaoke bar. Who says that holidays can’t be ALL fun. And if you want them to be more than fun, you can always volunteer to provide food to people in need.
No matter what you decide to do in your family’s absence, attempt to make the best of your day. Eat plenty, have fun and share it with someone else. Don’t pout or whine, but instead be thankful that you have a family who misses you, and plenty of loved ones who care for you, even if they’re not sitting right next to you on Thursday.
Well, we don’t know much about Nas’ personal life beyond what we saw when he was with Kelis, but don’t fret because Nas says he’s a great person to date.
This interview was actually done a couple of months ago, around Nas’ 40th birthday but only recently hit the internet. In it, Nas is chatting with a woman named Cat Greenleaf on the show Talk Stoop about music, life, and love. At one point, Greenleaf, mentioned to Nas that she’s rarely seen a photograph of him smiling. When he told her that his “smiling” face was the same as his “angry” face, Greenleaf told him that he must be the hardest person in the world to date.
Nas responded by laughing (and finally getting out a smile) saying, “No no, I’m the best person to date!” Greenleaf asked what his online dating profile would say if he were on one of the dating sites. Here’s how Nas responded and ladies, these are the things some of us would be looking for in a potential suitor:
“Charismatic. I’m calm, poised…insightful.”
We can believe that about him. Now, with the drama that he and Kelis have publicly gone through (including her saying he cheated on her), I don’t know if she’d disagree with those things he mentioned, but she’d probably have a few more to add to that profile.
Anyway, check out this pretty cool interview. If you’ll notice, Nas is 40 and looks like he’s found that fountain of youth and isn’t sharing the location. He is truly like a fine win, getting better with time.
If you’re into man bashing, here’s your moment. A new survey of 14,000 singles by WhatsYourPrice.com claims that men and women have very, very different intentions when bringing home a mate to meet the family for Thanksgiving.
The world’s first “dating auction” site found that men are more likely to bring a woman home to meet the family for Thanksgiving, than women. An overwhelming 61 percent of men said they’ve brought a woman home, while 23 percent of women have done the same in the past.
But the kicker is in the intentions. Over half of men (53 percent) said that Thanksgiving invitations were purely for hooking-up, while the majority of women (82 percent) wanted to measure potential for a long-term relationship. “Women are more reluctant to introduce their family because it is such an important milestone,” said Brandon Wade, Founder & CEO of WhatsYourPrice.com said. “Men are more impulsive when debating such decisions.”
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While Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro may have set a pretty terrifying example, they definitely hit the Meeting The Parents nail on the head when it comes to unnecessary anxiety. In some cases, the mere suggestion can conjure up more apprehension than a freaking job interview. Because essentially, I suppose it is one. From the second you enter the room, you are being assessed. What can you bring to the table? Will you qualify as a proper counterpart for the child that these people have spent decades teaching, loving, and fussing over? Also, why are you wearing those weird shoes?
Before you sweat through your silk shirt this holiday season, check out these five stories told to YourTango about the universally dreaded meeting-the-parents-encounter, and consider yourself lucky to have avoided these awkward (and sometimes hilarious) situations!
1 . Sometimes It’s Your Parents — Not Your Significant Other — Who You Have To Worry About
The first time her ex-boyfriend Chris came over to meet her family was the first time Lauren’s dad has ever acted like a jerk to embarrass her. “I told my parents that he was coming over and they played it cool all day, until right before he got there,” she said. Lauren, a proud owner of two rabbits, who are free to hop and roam around the house as they please, was confused to find her dad rounding them up as she gave Chris the final directions to her house over the phone. “We have a small rabbit-sized harness that we use for trips to the vet so that they can’t run away,” she said. “Right as Chris pulls up, my dad puts on flip flops, grabs one of the rabbits, puts the harness on him and proceeds to walk the rabbit around on the front lawn,” she said. “He was just parading around out there like it was totally normal, with his hand on his hip following the rabbit around. When I asked him to knock it off, he claimed that it was his house, and he could do what he wanted, and had to pause his rabbit-walk to meet my boyfriend for the first time. Cool.”
2. Being The Side-Dish-Turned-Main-Course Makes For A Tough Intro To The Family
“Jack was in a different relationship when we first started seeing each other, so you can imagine the awkwardness I felt the first few times I went to his house,” said Meghan. While she knew she wasn’t exactly involving herself in the best situation, the feelings that she had developed for Jack overwhelmed her sense of logic, and she continued to see him until he broke up with his then-girlfriend. The first time she met his brother, she was introduced as a ‘friend.’ “After a few weeks, he finally confirmed to his parents that I was now the ‘new girlfriend.’ Needless to say, this may or may have not been the reason I never received any warm or fuzzy feelings from his Mother,” said Meghan, “Or maybe it was my tattoos. Either way, they questioned my character from day one, completely disregarding the fact that her son was the one who cheated on his girlfriend and so quickly moved on, not me!” Um, double standard much? Not cool.
3. While It’s Not Ideal, You Can Still Make A Good Impression If You’re Hung Over
“The first time I met my ex-boyfriend’s parents, I woke up in their guest room when they didn’t even know I was sleeping over,” said Shelly. “I was incredibly hung-over and had to throw up every ten minutes while we were having a conversation,” she said. “They kept asking if I was okay, but I kept making up a different excuse as to why I had to return to the bathroom.” Between “fixing her hair,” “brushing her teeth,” and “blowing her nose,” Shelly was running out of excuses. “They definitely caught on to the fact that I was a still-drunk, disgusting mess,” she said, “but they still really liked me for some reason.” Win!
Read more at YourTango.com
Writer Seth Adam Smith has published one of the most controversial blog posts to hit the internet in months and he’s likely about to become really famous because of it.
Smith published “Marriage Isn’t For You” on his blog six days ago and in that time, the post has received over 24 million views. In his piece, Seth, who has been married for a year and a half, revealed that he’d come to the conclusion that marriage simply wasn’t for him.
Like many other engaged people, Smith started having some doubts about whether or not he was actually ready to take that next step in his relationship with his now wife, Kim. He sat with his father and his dad gave him some shocking advice:
With a knowing smile he said, “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn’t for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.”
Smith says his wife showed true selflessness a few months ago when they were going through a rough patch. Those hard times made him react in a very selfish way where he ended up withdrawing from his wife and their relationship. But he said instead of Kim reacting to him in the same vain, she reacted in love and “soothed his soul.” He says Kim continues to show that he chose the right woman to be with and he will remember his dad’s advice that marriage is about the other person because he always wants to see her happy.
Since posting this, Seth Adam Smith’s story has appeared on almost every major news source around the country and on various websites. There’s a good chance that the advice is so compelling and controversial that it could easily be turned into a movie (you know the romantic comedy lovers would eat this right up).
So…what do you think about Seth Adam Smith’s advice?
Sooner or later your child will be asking you for everything from toys to the latest and greatest they saw on television. Especially with the holiday season approaching, the “mother can I have” requests will quickly pile up. For this reason many parents consider giving their child an allowance.
Now this will be a personal choice as there is no true cookie cutter solution that works for every family. Some will decide that a weekly allowance will be sufficient while others may lean towards a monthly amount. Regardless of what you choose, if you are going to shell out some cash to your children there are some things you might want to consider. Here are the do’s and don’ts to giving your child an allowance.
Back in April, WE Tv announced their new shows, which included Pregnant & Dating, Newlyweds, and The Ruckers: Southern Royals. As the first two shows have already aired, it is time for The Ruckers to take over.
The Rucker sisters, Ione, Ellene and Ruby are from Lancaster, South Carolina and they are pretty much what you expect from true Southern belles. They are just three of eight children, all of whom are educated, and come from a prominent family. The Rucker name is all over the town – street names, schools, business, etc – and they expect the best treatment.
The youngest sister, Ione, is 33 and is the former wife of basketball player Antawn Jamison. Their divorce was finalized in 2012 and her other two sisters are determined to get her a date. Unfortunately, Ione still seems to have unresolved issues regarding her relationship and because of it, she’s become to much older men because she thinks they’ll focus more on her and not other women. She also wears her wedding ring when they go out because “it’s a diamond and it’s nice.” Yes okay, girl.
Ellen is 36 and is currently dating Bakari Sellers, a politician in the House of Representatives. She is also the former wife of basketball player Vince Carter (he played college basketball with Antawn Jamison and they’re best friends). While she may have married into a wealthy life, she is able to take care of herself with her career as a chiropractor.
Finally, Ruby is one of the older children (her age was not revealed) and is married to a prominent dentist. Her family has gone through some hardships and you get a glimpse of that when she admits they moved into a smaller home and also, two of her aunts have moved in to the home to help them out.
Initially, the women may come across as a bit annoying (I think it’s in their voices), but there’s a chance this might be good.
According to EURweb, The Ruckers: Southern Royals is scheduled to premiere in January on Thursday nights.
Check out the [long] sneak peek and tell us what you think!
I can hear it now: “Who cares? Ashanti isn’t even relevant!” That may or may not be true, but she looks good!
Today is the singer’s 33rd birthday and she’s been celebrating all weekend! She rang in her birthday by hosting a huge birthday bash at Lavo in Las Vegas. Joined by her momager Tina Douglas, her dad and other guests, Shani, as she’s affectionately known, rocked an extremely sparkly Jovani Fashions dress and Ruthie Davis Shoes.
Her new bob was done by celebrity stylist Oscar James, who also tames the locs of Nikki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson and countless others. We’ll have to get a closer look to see if it was her hair that was cut or if he just did his thing on the weave (we know how much you all care).
On Friday night, Ashanti’s friends and family surprised her with a pre-birthday party at SL night club in NYC. This is the second year in a row they’ve managed to “surprise” her for her birthday.Her birthday cake chronicled her music career by having pictures (likely edible) of each album on it.
The singer is still working on her new album that is supposed to be released on her own label, Written Entertainment. Unfortunately, it’s been pushed back a few times and as of now, there’s no telling when it will actually come out.
But in this moment, she seems to just be having fun living life! Check out the next page for a couple of pictures from Ashanti’s pre-birthday bash!