Meryl Streep Has a Michelle and Barack Obama Purse and Oh My God

Just when we thought Meryl Streep couldn’t possibly get anymore badass, she goes and does something like showing off her hilarious accessories. The legendary actress further earned her title of overall queen of everything when she was photographed leaving her trailer on the set of her upcoming film, The Papers, in New York City on Monday. While her general persona is enough to whip people’s heads around, it was actually her purse that really caught our eye. Meryl was carrying an amazing custom bag that featured a photo of the former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, on the front.

Meryl’s simple fashion statement is her latest move to show her support for our former president, who, unlike our current one, cared about humanity. The actress previously made headlines in January when she gave an amazing speech at the Golden Globe Awards that slammed Donald Trump and his views on immigration and people with disabilities. Her recent outing also isn’t the first time she’s shown her love for someone through her clothes. In June, Meryl dressed up like Diane Keaton to honor Diane Keaton . . . and it was perfect.

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Barack Obama and His Girls Kick Off Their Summer Vacation With Some Whitewater Rafting

Is anyone having more fun than Barack Obama post-presidency? The former president and his family officially kicked off their 10-day vacation in Bali, Indonesia on Friday. The country holds a special place in Barack’s heart given that he lived there for several years as a child. The family is expected to do some exploring during their trip, and on Friday, Barack spent the day at the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Tabanan. The following day, he and Michelle appeared to have a blast while whitewater rafting in the Bongkasa Village with their daughters, Sasha, 16, and Malia, 18.

Barack lived in Indonesia for four years when he was 6 years old. His mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man and worked as an anthropologist in the city of Yogyakarta before Barack returned to his home state of Hawaii to live with his grandparents. The brood is expected to make stops in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, and Barack is also scheduled to speak at an Indonesian Diaspora Congress event on July 1.

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Michelle Obama’s Father’s Day Message to Barack Will Make You Weep Happy Tears

Michelle Obama took time out of her blissful vacation with Barack to send him a Happy Father’s Day message that had everyone on the internet weeping — happy tears, of course. «Happy #FathersDay @BarackObama. Our daughters may be older and taller now, but they’ll always be your little girls. We love you,» the former First Lady wrote on Instagram along with a throwback photo of Barack and their daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Of course, Barack being the great man he is, had the perfect response to Michelle’s sweet shout out. Read what Barack had to say about being a proud dad ahead, then check out all of his cutest moments with Sasha and Malia over the years.

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Barack Obama May Have Spilled Some News On The Twin Messiahs (But Probably Not) 


All week, the Beyhive has been on HIGH ALERT as they wait to hear the news that their King, Beyonce, has gifted the world with the real-life Gemini Twins. There’s been rumors that Beyonce was getting ready to give birth, was in the middle of giving birth and has already given birth. I’m not sure if I believe the rumors that Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins are already here, because I don’t remember seeing Jesus float down from heaven while holding two diaper bouquets to give to his twin successors.

Earlier this week, The Shade Room got a tip from a reader who claimed that Beyonce and her people took over the entire floor of a building at UCLA Medical Center and patients were moved to make way for the supreme. That rumor didn’t make much sense to me. If the rumor was that a building at UCLA Medical Center was bulldozed down and a brand new 7-floor labor and delivery palace was built in its place, then I’d believe that Beyonce was giving birth there. I mean, Beyonce giving birth in a used room? Never! But others reported that there seemed to be more security than usual at an L.A.-based hospital.

Tina Knowles and Basement Baby have been out and about this week, leading some hos to think that either the Bey-Z twins are already here or Beyonce isn’t getting ready to give birth. And last night, Jay Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held in NYC and Jay Z wasn’t there. Barack Obama did a congratulations video for the inductees and gave an extra special congratulations to Jay Z where he said,“Jay and I are also fools for our daughters. Although, he’s going to have me beat once those twins show up.” Meaning that the Bey-Z twins could both be girls. Every couple who thought they had the most over-the-top gender reveal ceremony can sit down because Beyonce and Jay Z beat them by (maybe) having Obama reveal the gender of their twins.

Obama probably didn’t reveal anything and meant that Jay Z is going to have him beat by having three kids. But if the chosen twins are really both girls, then NBC and Saturday Night Live should expect to get a cease and desist from Beyonce’s legal team. Because if Beyonce has three girls, then you better believe they’re going to form a girl group in the future, and you also better believe that they’re going to call their girl group Gemini’s Twin. My thoughts are with whoever is the “Poor Michelle.”

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Barack Obama Reunites With Prince Harry, Offers His Condolences to the Manchester Victims

Barack Obama is on a roll! After playing a round of golf and doing some sightseeing in Italy with Michelle, Barack jetted off to London to meet with Prince Harry. On Saturday, the young royal hosted the former president at Kensington Palace, where they discussed a range of shared interests, including mental health, conservation, and support for veterans. Barack also offered his condolences and support to the victims of the horrific Manchester attack that left at least 22 people dead and at least 50 injured.

Barack addressed their reunion on Twitter shortly after, writing, «Good to see my friend Prince Harry in London to discuss the work of our foundations & offer condolences to victims of the Manchester attack.» The last time these two got together was back in April when Barack and Michelle attended a private lunch hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. Fortunately, they didn’t get caught in the rain this time around.

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Barack and Michelle Obama Continue Their Permanent Vacation With a Romantic Stop in Italy

Is anyone having more fun than Barack and Michelle Obama post-presidency? On Saturday, Michelle was spotted doing some sightseeing in Montalcino, Italy, with a few friends (and Secret Service personnel). The former first lady looked casual and chic in white jeans and a striped one-shoulder Teija top and was all smiles while walking the streets and waving to onlookers. As Michelle got in some girl time, Barack hit the links and was seen playing a round of golf at the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. The following day, Barack and Michelle met up for another round of sightseeing fun, this time at the five-star Borgo Finocchieto estate in Tuscany; the adorable couple cuddled up while their friend snapped pictures of them — between the scenery and those smiles, we’re sure the photos came out beautifully.

Both Michelle and Barack have settled nicely into their permanent vacation since leaving the White House in January. Between the two of them, they’ve taken trips to Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands, NYC, and Tahiti. During their time in Italy, Barack is reportedly set to meet with Matteo Renzi, the former Italian prime minister, and Barack and Michelle will also do some relaxing in Florence and Siena.

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Barack Obama: Former President or Professional Golfer? We Can’t Decide

Barack Obama is currently vacationing in Italy, and on Saturday, the former president stopped by the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco to play a round of golf. Barack certainly looked the part in his white collared shirt, matching pants, and cap, and appeared to be in a good mood as he hit a few balls and drove a golf cart with a friend (no word on whether or not Joe Biden joined them). While his wife Michelle did not tag along, the couple is expected to make stops in both Siena and Florence, where Barack will reportedly meet with former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The last time we saw him hit the golf course was in Hawaii back in March.

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Barack Obama Would Be Very Happy If His Healthcare Plan Was Not Repealed

Once upon a time, the United States of America had a dignified President who successfully connected subjects to verbs multiple times a day. Tonight that former—I’m sorry, I need a moment after typing that word—president, Barack Obama, received the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Award in Boston. And during his…

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15 Times Barack Obama Reminded Us That He and Michelle Are a Walking Fairy Tale

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The grass is green, the sky is blue, and Barack Obama is one of the best damn public speakers who’s ever walked the earth. Even if you don’t agree with his policies, you can’t deny his mastery of the English language. During his presidency this skill served him well for obvious reasons, but never have the words come as easily to him than when he’s talking about his wife, fearless former First Lady and all-around badass Michelle Obama. The power couple began dating back in 1989, and it’s obvious that Barack has been smitten ever since. If you need a quick reminder that yes, love still does exist, take a look through his best, most romantic quotes about Michelle.

  1. On her legacy as first lady: «Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side. For the past 25 years you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for, and you made it your own, with grace and with grit and with style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. So, you have made me proud and you have made the country proud.»
  2. On their first kiss: «We were at a law firm together, I was a Summer associate, she was already practicing law. I had been sort of eyeing her for a while, but she was acting real professional. Finally I wear her down a little bit and I say, we’re coming back from a firm picnic and I said, ‘Well let’s go get some ice cream.’ We went to Baskin-Robbins on 53rd Street in Chicago, she bought chocolate, I don’t remember what I bought. They didn’t have any seats in the store so we sat out on a curb on a Summer day and had ice cream, and that’s when I asked her if I could kiss her.»
  3. On how she’s true to herself: «As usual, people always realize how much better Michelle is than me . . . she’s a wonderful person and she’s a genuine person. I never see her in different settings and somehow she’s different with different people.»
  4. On her magnetic personality: «If you were going to list the 100 most popular things that I have done as president, being married to Michelle Obama is number one.»
  5. On how she’s helped him every step of the way: «Obviously I couldn’t have done anything that I’ve done without Michelle. You were asking earlier what keeps me sane, what keeps me balanced, what allows me to deal with the pressure. It is this young lady right here . . . Not only has she been a great first lady, she is just my rock. I count on her in so many ways every single day.»
  6. On how she’s changed the way he looks at the world: «Michelle was trying to figure out, OK, if the kids get sick why is it that she’s the one who has to take time off of her job to go pick them up from school, as opposed to me? What I tried to do was to learn to be thoughtful enough and introspective enough that I wasn’t always having to be told that things were unfair.»
  7. On her making him a better man: «There’s no doubt I’m a better man having spent time with Michelle. I would never say that Michelle’s a better woman, but I will say she’s a little more patient.»
  8. One one of her best traits: «She’s also funny. She’s the funniest person in our family.»

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  1. On how she’s like Queen Bey: «Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song, ‘Let me upgrade ya!’ She upgraded me.»
  2. On her patriotism: «Anybody who knows her well knows she’s got the best sense of humor of anyone you’d ever want to meet. She’s the most quintessentially American person I know . . . She’s just a wonderfully normal, levelheaded person. Any American woman who meets her would immediately identify her as a fellow traveler.»
  3. On her 2016 Democratic National Convention speech: «Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn’t be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.»
  4. On how she keeps him grounded: «What I value most about my marriage is that it is separate and apart from a lot of the silliness of Washington. And Michelle is not part of that silliness.»
  5. On why they’re such a good team: «She is a great mom. What is also true is Michelle’s had to accommodate a life that it’s fair to say was not necessarily what she envisioned for herself. She has to put up with me. And my schedule and my stresses. And she’s done a great job on that. But I think it would be a mistake to think that my wife, when I walk in the door, is, ‘Hey, honey, how was your day? Let me give you a neck rub.’ It’s not as if Michelle is thinking in terms of, ‘How do I cater to my husband?’ I think it’s much more, ‘We’re a team, and how do I make sure that this guy is together enough that he’s paying attention to his girls and not forgetting the basketball game that he’s supposed to be going to on Sunday?’ So she’s basically managing me quite effectively.»
  6. On their unbreakable connection: «Sometimes, when we’re lying together, I look at her and I feel dizzy with the realization that here is another distinct person from me, who has memories, origins, thoughts, feelings that are different from my own. That tension between familiarity and mystery meshes something strong between us. Even if one builds a life together based on trust, attentiveness, and mutual support, I think that’s it’s important that a partner continues to surprise.»
  7. On why she’s so relatable: «Having said all those things, the quality I love most about her is, she’s honest and genuine. I think that comes across to people. They get a sense that they can trust her. You know, the word ‘authenticity’ is overused these days. But I do think it captures what folks are looking for — not just in leaders, but also in friends and in co-workers — and that is, folks who are on the level. People like that tell you what they think and don’t have a bunch of hidden motives. That’s who Michelle is.»

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Twitter Is Dragging Katy Perry Over A Barack Obama Joke


Celebrities are like children. Sometimes they just don’t know what the fuck to say. Case in point, tittylicious wailer of shitty pop hits, Katy Perry. She has recently come under fire for something she said on social media in regards to her new hair style.

Referring to no one in particular, Katy took to Instagram to discuss her new ‘do by looking into the camera and saying “Aww, someone says, ‘I miss your old, black hair. Oh, do you miss Barack Obama as well? Okay, times change. Bye.”

Yes, Katy just likened the disappearance of her former black hair to the disappearance of our former black president. The sound you’ve been hearing since this happened is the cracking of a million knuckles, as Twitter fingers ensue all over the country.

People has comprised a plethora of tweets from the masses reacting to Katy’s bombed joke. And the way they go on, you’d think that she had just read a copy of Mein Kampf at a pre-school graduation. Here’s what she said, plus one of the responses, below.

However, this isn’t the first time she’s had to deal with backlash from something controversial. Also in 2013, Katy came under fire for her American Music Awards performance, which was 50% feudal drag performance and 50% Memoirs of a Geisha tribute. Unfortunately, like Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai, it was a 100% shit show. Then, in 2015, The Wknd’s producer, Mano, called Katy out by accusing her of referring to him as “my n!##a.”

Honestly, I can see why people are upset. But at the same time, I don’t think she meant any malice behind it. Katy has always been vocal about her political stance and is a constant supporter of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. However Katy, I’ma need you to remember a few things moving forward:

1. You’re white.

The end.

You may want to choose your words wisely in this era of wokeness, because everyone’s pissed off about something and Donald Trump is still the president. You may have been making an off color (ha!) remark, but the timing and execution were all wrong.




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