Presidents’ habits

Barack Obama, 49-years-old

USA President

After having one of the most pubicized presidential campaigns of all time, Barack Obama went from senator to the 44th President of the United States while remaining a devoted father and husband.

However, Barack Obama shocked the White House staff with his working habits. Obama begins his working day two hours later than his predecessors, takes off jacket during the meetings and frequently enters into the rooms of his staff members.

Barack Obama wakes up later at 06.45, visits the gym to do exercises, has a breakfast with his family and helps his daughters to prepare for the school. Only after that he comes to the Oval Office at about 09.30.

When the White House released its first picture of the president at work in the Oval Office, there he was in his shirt sleeves. The White House was shocked when they saw the President coatless in the Oval Office. All were surprised that the President allows the staff to wear free and easy. He has different relations with his staff than his predecessor.

His press secretary Robert Gibbs confessed that Obama wandered into the press secretary’s office and caught him with his feet propped up on the desk.

Obama tried to quit smoking several times over the years and has used nicotine replacement therapy. However in June 2010, during a congratulatory phone call to president-elect Benigno Aquino of the Philippines, Obama told Aquino that he had quit and would offer advice on how to stop smoking when Aquino was himself ready for that step.

Besides all these, President Obama’s wife Michelle has revealed what her husband’s most annoying habit is – tennis.

The US first lady admitted that when they play, it is her husband who usually wins.

She said: “He beats me quite often. That gets to be pretty annoying.”

Mrs Obama was asked about the president’s flaws by TV host Jay Leno on his show.

At first, she sarcastically said he has none.

“He’s perfect,” she quipped.

But then she admitted it was their battles on the tennis court that got her peeved.

 

Vladimir Putin, 57-years-old

Russian Prime Minister

Two times President and currently Prime Minister. There are rumors saying that he will candidate again for the next presidential campaign (yes, Russian Constitution allows that). Now, that’s a long career as a lead of state!

Vladimir Putin trials a GPS device on his dog Koni.

Putin owns a black Labrador Retriever named Koni, who has been known to accompany him into staff meetings and greeting world leaders.

One of Putin’s favorite sports is the martial art of judo. Putin began training in sambo (a martial art that originated in the Soviet Union) at the age of 14, before switching to judo, which he continues to practice today. He is the President of the Yawara Dojo, the same Saint Petersburg dojo he practiced at when young.

In July 2010 Putin appeared at a Russian-Ukrainian Orthodox Bikers festival in Sevastopol, Ukraine riding a Harley-Davidson tricycle. The high council of Russian bikers movements unanimously voted to elevate him into a Hells Angel range with the nickname of Abaddon.

The nickname is probably influenced by angel of death and destruction Abadonna in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita novel.

Vladimir Putin is also known to be flying airplanes. He co-piloted a plane over burning forests, releasing 24 tons of water on a blaze — all without any formal pilot training.

Putin, wearing a blue shirt and jeans, boarded a Russian-built Be-200 amphibious aircraft as a passenger for a flight over the Ryazan region.

But he later went into the cockpit and sat in the co-pilot’s seat, holding the throttle and pushing a button to dump 24 tons of water on forest fires about 200 kilometers southeast of Moscow.

Footage on Channel One television showed Putin hitting the button and asking the pilot, “Was that OK?”

The pilot replied, “A direct hit!”

Vladimir also likes outside sports, like skiing, running and swimming but also like fishing.

 

Nicolas Sarkozy, 55-years-old

French President

Named the 68th best-dressed person in the world by Vanity Fair, alongside David Beckham and Brad Pitt, Nicolas Sarkozy has also been named as the third worst-dressed person in the world by GQ.

Sarkozy is reported by Reuters to be sensitive about his height (believed to be 5 ft 5in or 5 ft 6in, 165 cm). He has been noted as wearing substantially heeled shoes and standing on hidden platforms, while the French media have pointed out that Carla Bruni frequently wears flats when in public with him.

In 2009, this was the subject of a political row, when a worker at a factory where Sarkozy gave a speech said she was asked to stand next to him because she was of a similar height (this story was corroborated by some union officials). The president’s office called the accusation “completely absurd and grotesque”, while the Socialist Party mocked his fastidious preparation.

 

Silvio Berlusconi, 73-year-old

Italian Prime Minister

Most of tabloid’s attention refers to his bedroom habits. The Italian prime minister, who is estimated to be worth $8 billion, had been married for 19 years with his second wife Veronica Lario, who in May, this year, reached an out-of-court divorce settlement by which she will get to keep the luxurious Milanese Villa Belvedere in Macherio, valued at $105 million, where she lives with the couple’s three children.

The 73-year-old Silvio Berlusconi attended the 18th birthday party of a Neapolitan underwear model who called him “Papi.” Veronica Lario, his 53-year-old ex-wife, said that she could no longer stay married to a man who “consorted with minors.”

Noemi Letizia, the 18-year-old who became famous for saying that she called Berlusconi “Papi” (“daddy”), told Corriere del Mezzogiorno in April that she wanted to be a showgirl, but added: “Politics interests me, too.” Was she perhaps after a seat in the regional assembly? “I prefer to stand for the Chamber,” she replied blithely. “Papi Silvio will take care of it.”

Berlusconi’s Rome residence, his own “White House”, is most famous for the bedroom with “Putin’s bed” where Berlusconi was caught on tape directing a paid escort to wait for him while he showered.

Last summer, Italians were bombarded with nude photos from the prime minister’s Sardinian parties and taped conversations between the prime minister and a notable escort who recorded their post-coital conversations on her cell phone.

One reason for all these could be a compulsive need to be loved. “I do everything in my power to make myself loved,” he explained to reporters.

 

Other heads of states have some intriguing way of being or manifesting the power.

Thus, the Romanian President, Traian Basescu, 58-years-old, is well known for his drinking problems and for taking some phisical measures against his people or even children (!!!).

In 2006, after the Steaua Bucharest football team qualified in the UEFA Cup semifinals, Traian Basescu, invited the team to a Bucharest restaurant to celebrate the victory. During the festivities he was filmed drinking a glass of champagne alongside Gigi Becali, the controversial owner of the team, yet after the celebration he drove his own car home.

The media accused him of defying the Romanian legislation, which considers driving under the influence either a summary or a criminal offense, depending on blood alcohol levels. Asked about the events, Basescu declined a direct answer, accused the media of exaggerating and refused further comment on the incident.

 

Hugo Chávez, 56-years-old, the President of Venezuela, has become increasingly open to discussing his religious views, stating that both his faith and his interpretation of Jesus’ personal life and ideology have had a profound impact on his left-wing and progressivist views. He often invokes God and asks for prayer in speeches, as he did when he asked Venezuelans to pray for Fidel Castro’s health.

He describes himself as Christian who grew up expecting to become a priest. According to him, as a result of this background his socialist policies have been borne with roots in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Carla Bruni to play in CSI – Crime Scene Investigation

The first lady of France, aged 42, received a role in the TV series produced by Channel Five – who enjoys an audience of two billion viewers worldwide – after she sent to producers a letter that praised the production quality.

Carol Mendelsohn, executive producer of the series “CSI – Crime Scene Investigation”, told French website Purepeople: “Carla Bruni wrote to us to say she absolutely adored our show. So we would be delighted to offer her a part in our CSI film set in France.”

Carla Bruni, former top model, has recently completed filming a role of small scale in the latest film directed by Woody Allen, titled “Midnight in Paris”. Despite her role as a curator in a Parisian museum contained no reply, the wife of French President took 35 doubles to pour this scene, because every time she was looking to the camera.

In November 2009, when she announced that she plans to accept a proposal to play in Woody Allen’s movie, Carla Bruni said in an interview with Canal Plus TV station: “I’m not at all an actress. Maybe I’ll be absolutely terrible”

“Midnight in Paris” is a romantic comedy that presents the story of a family traveling in Paris for business and that of a newly engaged young couple whose life is transformed by this journey. The distribution of the film: Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and Michael Sheen.

Benedictine nuns signed with Lady Gaga label

The nuns belonging to the Benedictine religious order who live isolated from the rest of the world, in a region of southern France, won a competition involving 20 monasteries in Europe, USA and Africa, which aimed to find the world’s finest female singers of Gregorian Chant.

The winners signed the contract with Decca Records head, Dickon Stainer, from behind a wooden grille, to avoid any intrusion into their daily lives.

The Reverend Mother Abbess, of the Abbaye de Notre Dame of l’Annonciation near Avignon, said: “We never sought this, it came looking for us. At first we were worried it would affect our cloistered life, so we asked St Joseph in prayer.

“Our prayers were answered, and we thought that this album would be a good thing if it touches people’s lives and helps them find peace.” Decca Records hopes to replicate the success of the Cistercian monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz, whose 2008 album “Chant: Music For Paradise ‘sold over a million copies.

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France: Carla Bruni naked on T-shirts!

For Carla Bruni, the road of nude photos towards memories was only a vain illusion.

Even if the photos bidding isn’t successful, on the other hand the photos become an inspiring source for designers.

In 2008, a company called Pardon sold bags with the image of President Sarkozy’s wife, of course, empty.

Then, the converted music model sued that firm and won compensation of €40,000. Today history repeats itself.

Steve Maltempi, 36 year-old, specialized in T-shirts custom production, has rediscovered the photo taken by Michel Comte and decided that would look good on T-shirts.

From word to deed was a small step, so that the artist has found an appropriate slogan, “The Power of Fashion” and launched creations.

“I found Carla Bruni an interesting topic . For a long period of time, she was considered a fashion icon, a superstar … Today, it’s obvious that the fashion image is associated with power”, said nonconformist Steve who explained that the rights issue deals with his lawyer. How long will it take Carla Bruni to stop the selling of the trouble T-shirts ?

Haiti earthquake: 70.000 of corpses buried in common pits

Nowadays, three million people affected by the earthquake have no access to international aid because of the bad infrastructure of the country. The rescue teams can’t handle anymore the desperate situation.

In Haiti are almost 30 rescue international teams, consisting of 1.500 people, but the rescue operations of survivors are chaotic conducted. At least one little girl died due to lack of inadequate rescue equipment, although she was pulled out alive under debris, where she survived four days.
The doctors complain they don’t have drugs, and those which are already on Port-au-Prince airport, will not be distributed until the American contingent of 3.500 soldiers will arrive.

Medical teams have to abandon the wound people in the middle of the night because they are afraid of being attacked and robbed by thieves. Even if they caught several fugitives among escaped prisoners from Port-au-Prince jail, destroyed by the quake, the Haitian police officers can’t manage to control the situation.

Majority of those 1000 American soldiers which already arrived in Haiti are guarding the airport where the donated supplies are, for fear that hungered people will attack.
Meanwhile, a political polemic took shape. It seems that France and Nicaragua accuse U.S. of trying to control Haiti by sending to many intervention troops, in expense of humanitarian aid.

According to rumors the first electric Grand Prix street course will be in France

It seems that in Levallois, France will be held for the first time an all-electric Grad Prix as a result of many hybrid systems that were in Formula 1 and also the electric motorcycles in TTXGP race.
Rumors say that in June 2010, the organizers of GP Elec Levallois will let a number of electric cars to race on a route which has approximately 1.8 miles long, has eight corners, a tunnel, and a 800-meter straightaway.

At the ending of each race, the spectators will have the chance to see the cars live and also a Sustainable Mobility Salon which will promote electric cars. The organizers planned a lot of surprises to spectators in which we number: the possibility to learn more about cars electrification, electric propulsion, electric go-karting for children and adults.

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