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04/19/2007


Michelle Obama Introduces Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell to Kale Chips: VIDEO

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Teen girls Sara and Stacy got their first taste of Kale Chips from Michelle Obama, and discovered that they weren't "Ew!", but are actually pretty good.

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Michelle Obama Tweets Support to Michael Sam for Coming Out

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Michelle Obama is among gay Missouri star Michael Sam's supporters.

Tweeted FLOTUS: M_sam

"You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo"

Sam replied: "@FLOTUS Thank you for your kind words, humbled by your support."

And predictions from bigoted, anonymous NFL execs we posted about this morning appear to be having some resonance in reality, SB Nation reports:

Nowhere did Sam slip further and faster down the rankings than he did at CBS Sports' NFLDraftScout.com, overseen by Rob Rang. He was the 10th-ranked defensive end on Sunday night. On Monday morning, the site had him as the 14th-ranked defensive end. The most noticeable fall came on the overall player rankings at CBS, where Sam went from 90th in the hours after he came out on Sunday night to 160th on Monday morning.

SB Nation adds:

One round or another, Michael Sam's going to the NFL, and like any player, his life off the field will be an afterthought for message boards and comment threads once he establishes himself on the field.

The Jackie Robinson comparisons are apt. Michael Sam is breaking down barriers for acceptance and equality. It's new territory for pro football and sports in general. But, sadly, there's nothing new about how he'll be treated by the NFL Draft analysis machine.


Jason Collins On Sharing the SOTU Balcony with Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson: VIDEO

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NBA player Jason Collins, who was a special guest in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, was asked by TMZ to share his thoughts on sitting a mere 20 feet away from Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson. 

CNN reports that the son of controversial patriarch Phil Robertson was "the man of the hour" for numerous Republican congressional leaders, who lined up in droves for a photo op with the reality star. Robertson was the guest of Louisian Rep. Vance McAllister.

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NOM Says Tim Tebow Deserves 'State of the Union' Invite More Than Jason Collins

Illustrating once again that NOM’s anti-gay animus extends beyond the marriage debate, the organization is now calling out President Obama for inviting openly gay NBA player Jason Collins to sit in the First Lady’s box at the State of the Union address tonight, saying in a blog post: 

Jason collinsProfessional athletes are looked up to by many young people in America as heroes and role models. Sadly, sometimes they do not live up to the responsibility that comes with their fame to be good examples and upright, admirable citizens –

For what it's worth, in today's gay-affirming culture - where being gay or lesbian is celebrated constantly in the entertainment world and highlighted seemingly daily in the news - we don't think that "coming out" is particularly heroic.

We assume that Jason Collins has done some fine things as a person to better society and help those in need. We'd be more interested in learning of those efforts than in having his sexuality shoved at us by the man that Newsweek dubbed, "the first gay President."

NOM also listed off its own list of sports stars more deserving of the President’s invitation including Tim Tebow, Eli Manning, and Albert Pujols. 

[via EqualityMatters]


Jason Collins to Sit in Michelle Obama's Box for 'State of the Union' Address

NBA player Jason Collins will sit in First Lady Michelle Obama's box at the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, according to the White House.

Sportsillustrated_collinsWrites the White House in its announcement:

While at Stanford, Jason Collins was selected as an All American, named the NCAA’s “Big Man of the Year,” and earned an appearance in the Final Four. After graduating in 2001, Collins was drafted into the NBA and has since played for six teams including the Celtics, whose then coach Doc Rivers said of Collins: “He’s the best. He literally is one of the best guys I’ve ever had in the locker room, player or coach.” In his 12 years in the league, Collins’ teams earned 9 trips to the playoffs including 2 NBA Finals appearances. In April 2013, Collins became the first male player in major American team sports to come out openly as gay. The President expressed his gratitude to Collins for his courageous announcement through an article Collins penned himself. The President said he “couldn’t be prouder” of Collins, recognizing this as a point of progress for the LGBT community, and one more step in America’s goal to treat everyone fairly and with respect. Collins is 35 and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Jill Biden, and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President will join them.

Also guests of the First Lady are Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman (Boston, MA) ,Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing; Gary Bird, (Moore, OK) Fire Chief; Joey Hudy (Anthem, AZ), “Maker” and Intel Intern; and Kathy Hollowell-Makle, (Washington, DC), 2013 DCPS Teacher of the Year.


Michelle Obama Dunks with the Miami Heat: VIDEO

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Mom always said, don't play ball in the White House.

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