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BABYWATCH: Barack Obama And Niece Savita Ng In The World’s Most Adorable Hangout Sesh

September 29th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Not gonna lie–my womb does a little dance every time I lay eyes on a cuter-than-a-panda toddler, especially one with almond eyes, jet-black hair, chubby little hands and feet. This occurs especially when I gaze at a munchkin with a sweet name like “Savita Lola Yan-Song Ng,” whose giggly, tiny face is the product of genetics from two crushworthy, Babe-a-licious parents (we’ve had our eye on hot Mom and Dad for a long while, to be sure). And even more especially when that little ‘un is being tossed in their air by our cool-ass President:

The Prez and niece Savita. Warning: This photo may cause a diabetic coma.

Look at that little cardigan! The squealy laughter! Those pink cheeks!

Unfazed? Try to resist this (you can’t):

Tee hee!

Oh, if only this precious scene could last forever. My uterus is literally doing the freaking Roger Rabbit.

[TPM: Fore! Obama's White House, End Of Summer Edition - Photo Gallery]

Thanks, Abe!

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Finally! More-o of Maya Soetoro-Ng!

April 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Do you think Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng reads DISGRASIAN? Did she happen upon your quiet pleas that she channel her beautiful prose into a tome?

Because Politico just leaked the news that the babe just signed a book deal with Candlewick Press. And even the concept is gorgeous:

‘Ladder to the Moon’, Maya Soetoro-Ng’s first book, is inspired by Maya and Barack’s mother as well as by Maya’s four-year-old daughter. What lessons, the author wonders, might her daughter have learned from her grandmother had the two ever met? In ‘Ladder to the Moon,’ Maya Soetoro-Ng pays homage to her mother’s tradition of storytelling — and celebrates her mother’s enduring legacy of service — with an unforgettable story of love and compassion being passed along generations. Brimming with the beauty and magic of the night, Ladder to the Moon is a modern-day fable that will charm readers of any generation with its lush prose and timeless message about discovering one’s own strength. Illustrator and publication date are to be determined.

While–as the product of a fairly stoic, left-brained, Hardass Asian Family– I don’t quite understand how one can be inspired by their relations towards such gentle images of ancestry and beauty, I certainly do appreciate it.

Freakin’ fly me to the Moon, Jen! Can we get on some pre-order action?? Where is this book!!?!?


Thanks, Catherine!

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BABEWATCH: Dr. Konrad Ng, First Brother-in-Law

January 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Konrad Ng at the swearing-in (second row, center)

Name: Konrad Ng

Hails from: Canada

Occupation: University of Hawaii professor

Why He’s a Babe: For one thing, Konrad Ng is married to a babe, Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Obama’s younger sister, and it takes one to know one. For another, he, like his lovely wife, has a Ph.D (in Poli Sci), and y’all know how we swoon for higher educasian. And judging by the rapport he had with his nieces at the swearing-in ceremony, we’re guessing he’s also a pretty rad uncle.

Did you ever think we’d see a day when someone in the First Family looks like one of us? When the First Family would reflect the reality that we live in–multiracial, multicultural, educated, acculturated, and youthful? We didn’t really believe it until today. Now, anything seems possible. And that, friends, is beautiful.


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Oh, the Holidaysians Were Just Great

January 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Today is the President-elect’s first day back on the job at Capitol Hill, and he’s hitting the ground running by meeting with Speaker Pelosi and running headfirst into the daunting task of economic policy.

As we ourselves slide reluctantly into our first day back at work, we can’t help but wonder if Obama–between bangs of his head on the desk accompanied by the chant, “I can’t believe I’m going to have to run this broken, mangled, carcass of a country next month”–might quietly be sighing the same airy breaths of relief we all do as we return from two weeks of Holiday “celebrations.” Is he secretly thankful that now he can deal with the insurmountable mountain of work “changing America,” instead of fussing with overcommitments to parties, poor displays of unsentimental gift-giving, and mind-numbing marathons of Taboo and Guesstures with relatives?

After all, Asian lifeblood sorta runs through (or near) our future leader’s veins. Could he possibly know all-too-well the experience of a Hardass Asian Holiday dinner? If his was anything like ours, we can only imagine…

BARACK OBAMA: Merry Christmas, everybody!

MICHELLE OBAMA: Isn’t Hawaii beautiful? Look, Malia and Sasha made cotton-ball Santas for everyone!

MAYA SOETORO-NG: Aw. How lovely.

MICHELLE OBAMA: I mean, Sasha’s is a little lopsided, you know. I told her not to use the glue stick, just to use just the regular school glue, but she doesn’t listen. So it could look better, I suppose.

MAYA SOETORO-NG: I guess you’re still proud of her, though.

MICHELLE OBAMA: Sure, I guess. If only she was as good as her sister.

MAYA SOETORO-NG: Y’know, it’s funny you mention it anyway, because I wasn’t going to say anything, but I did notice that the right side could use quite a few more cotton balls. Don’t you guys use the Johnson & Johnson ones, like I suggested? How many times do I have to buy those for you guys? Barry always buys the generic ones.

MICHELLE OBAMA: He says he can’t tell the difference.

KONRAD NG: I’m with you brother, I can’t really tell the difference.

MAYA SOETORO-NG: [To Konrad] Don’t take his side! You’re my husband, be on my side.

BARACK OBAMA: Guys, I don’t know if it really matters all that m–

MAYA SOETORO-NG: So are you calling us stupid?


MAYA SOETORO-NG: Why are you trying to start fights? It’s Christmas! You just got here and already you’re starting fights.


MICHELLE OBAMA: Listen to your sister, honey. You’re not the “President” here.

[Michelle and Maya high-five]

BARACK OBAMA: Does the driveway need shoveling or something? I think I’m gonna go outside.

MAYA SOETORO-NG: It’s Hawaii. Are you going to shovel sand? [To Michelle] This is just like when he was little. Always saying stuff to get out of the room.

BARACK OBAMA: So… how are things with you? It’s so good to be here and just get away. I don’t even want to think about the Inauguration.

MICHELLE OBAMA: Oh boy, here we go again. Okay, Mister President. Let’s talk about you more.

BARACK OBAMA: I just mean that we’re so busy.

KONRAD NG: Yeah, we are all busy.

MAYA SOETORO-NG: Yes, Barack. We are all busy. You’re not the only one with a job, you know! I have a job, Konrad has a job, Michelle has a job, Malia has a job.

BARACK OBAMA: Malia doesn’t have a job!

MAYA SOETORO-NG: But she will! Don’t you think we should talk about her for a change?

BARACK OBAMA: Change whatever you want! FINE!


KONRAD NG: Does anybody want to play Rummikub?

MICHELLE OBAMA: Okay. But only if we have rum first.

BARACK OBAMA: I can’t wait to get back to work.

MAYA SOETORO-NG: Merry Christmas, everybody!

…Needless to say, we doubt the Obamas roll like we do. But boy, as you can probably tell, we are damn glad to be back at our desks.


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Leaked Emails Are the Windows to the Soul

November 13th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Typically, leaked emails expose people as the dumbasses that they really are. Like the one written by a Hollywood assistant who mistakenly thought Rosh Hoshanah was a person. Or the one written by a celebutard publicist who called director Wim Wenders “Vin Bender” and chewed out a writer for bothering the publicist with questions when “it’s Oscar week, for god’s sake.” (Oops! My bad. That’s from my own inbox. Ah well–consider it now leaked!)

Emails are often windows to the soul–the lesser, bitchier, un-spellchecked soul. This is why most people need Mail Goggles, an ego to the id. Barack’s little sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, needs no such thing, however. In a post-election email sent to close friends that was leaked to Time, she wrote of her brother’s victory:

“I wept tears of joy for all of us on Tuesday. He may not be a perfect man. Certainly, he has often said that he’ll likely be an imperfect President, but he is a good man, a smart man, a disciplined soul who balances temperance with determination and courage. We’ve made a great choice, I assure you.”

And on the fact that her beloved grandmother’s death and the election of her brother happened within days of each other:

“There’s a wide swatch of emotion cutting through me, sometimes swirling, never simple … a briny mixture of elation, sadness, determination, regret, pride, hope, fatigue.”

Um, wow. After reading that, I’m feeling a briny mixture of HolyCrapILoveYourProseStylings and CanIBeYourNumberOneFanOrYourBestFriendWhateverWorksForYou and HopefullyMyLoveForYouMayaSoetoroNgIsn’tTooCreepy.

Also, PleasePleaseWriteABookIWantMoreThankYouThatIsAllForNow.

Thanks, Jasmine!

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RIP Toot

November 3rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has passed away from cancer, Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said in a statement today. We wish she could have hung on one more day. But maybe she knew on some level that it was okay to go now, because there were so many good things in store.


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Another Reason to Be a Democrat? We Dress Better.

August 26th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

As if you needed another reason to vote Democratic in November, here’s one more: we dress better. The first night of the DNC may have been a snooze, but its speakers’ sartorial choices made up for that somewhat, with the exception of Nancy Pelosi’s mandarin-collared, Diane Keaton-esque, creepy power suit.

Barack Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, rocked a wide, lipstick-red belt that was more Sex and the City than Capital City, Caroline Kennedy introduced her uncle Ted in a black cocktail number with a fashion-forward, asymmetrically jeweled neckline, and Michelle Obama, who closed out the night, eschewed the colors political wives tend to favor–red, blue, icky pastels–for a bold turquoise. Plus, the dress made her butt look hot.

Yeah, yeah, we know. We’re superficial. But the thing is, why shouldn’t women in politics be chic? Do people really take them more seriously when they borrow only from the extremely limited tricolor palette of the American flag? Or when they wear “feminine” colors that are better suited for baby nurseries? Or when they get psychotically matchy-matchy, with the headband that matches the suit that matches the nails that matches the lipstick? Do really accomplished women with Ph.D.’s (like Soetoro-Ng) or J.D.’s (like Kennedy and Obama) need to dress down like sexless matriarchs in the pantsuit version of Garanimals in order to gain public acceptance? To prove that they can lead? (Hear that, HRC?)

If Monday night was any indicator, the answer is “no.” Thank heavens! Now that’s what we call change we can believe in.


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BABEWATCH: Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

August 5th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

Occupation: Teacher

Why She’s a Babe: Because Barack Obama’s half-Indonesian half-sister–whom Barack described as “looking like a Latin countess with her olive skin and long black hair and black bridesmaid’s gown” at his wedding, in Dreams from My Father–is the definition of regal. And she knows how to rock a power suit. She’s married to Canadiasian Konrad Ng and has a Ph.D in Education, and, no, we’re not talking a Player Hater Degree, obviously. Speaking of Players, did we mention that she’s Barack Obama’s sister and she’s out there reprzentin’ for her big bro? And helping out family–that’s hot.


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