- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Summer in the city

Their pop’s poll numbers are sliding, but the first kids aren’t sweating it. They have been seen out and about enjoying their summer vacation.

On Monday, Sasha and Malia Obama were caught ogling their parents’ wax figures at Madame Tussauds downtown, which tickled their funny bone, as the girls “started giggling and said it would be ‘hilarious’ if they took photos with the figures,” according to a museum press release, which cited museum guards as the source for the intel.

Sasha and Malia also took snapshots with Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and J.Lo. Their wax figures, that is.

Showing precocious grace, the girls, according to bystanders, declined to skip to the front of the line to see the museum’s Oval Office exhibit.

Hey, what’s wax next to the real thing, anyway?

Meanwhile, their mama, first lady Michelle Obama, is not sitting at home twiddling her thumbs, either.

A frequent diner at local hot spots, the missus was spotted downtown at Oyamel, an upscale Mexican restaurant, where she was breaking bread with White House sous chef Sam Kass.

Our loyal spy tells us “the Secret Service manning the front door (and frisking entering customers) were attracting a crowd, and passers-by were trying to get a glimpse through the window. She ate in the private dining room in the back.”

The stylish Mrs. O donned a white pantsuit and ordered items off the Squash Blossom Festival menu.

Sister act

On the subject of the Obama family, G2 has learned that President Obama’s little sister, Maya Soetoro Ng, will be the guest of honor at a gala hosted by the ambassador from the Republic of Indonesia, Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, on Aug. 8.

The evening will feature a special exhibit showcasing the Indonesian batik collection of the president’s late mother, Ann Dunham, an anthropologist.

President Obama spent his childhood years in Jakarta when Mrs. Dunham married an Indonesian man.

Star search

Forget about pundits. For a closer analysis of political trends and predictions, G2 looked to the stars, considering a powerful solar eclipse is due this week.

Many believe a solar eclipse signifies the beginning or, in many cases, the ending of major world events.

Princess Diana was married near a solar eclipse and died near a solar eclipse,” said political astrologer Shelley Ackerman, who has been blogging about current events and astrology on her Web site karmicrelief.com.

“Astrology is an observational science,” she maintained. “If you look back in time, you can clock the events that happened near a solar eclipse.”

She claimed that Wednesday night’s eclipse, expected to be visible all across the Far East, would influence that part of the world strongly.

“The people over there are already praying for peace because a lot of people think this will be very tumultuous,” Ms. Ackerman explained.

She said an eclipse of this degree has not occurred “since 1990, when we had Desert Storm and all the problems in Rwanda.”

As for local politics, Ms. Ackerman said that “things don’t look good for health care reform this year, but I am hopeful.”

A solar eclipse is always followed by a lunar eclipse, which will occur on Aug. 5, the day after President Obama’s date of birth.

Ms. Ackerman’s advice for our chief executive? Get out of town and go to Paris, of all places.

His “chart is better there than it is in the U.S., and … he can use all the help he can get.”

Brace yourself. Ms. Ackerman said the results of these eclipses will “be felt for the next six years, but hot times are in mid-October 2009 and February and March 2010.”

• To contact Stephanie Green or Elizabeth Glover, e-mail [email protected] washingtontimes.com.

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