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Welcome back to the first annual Tournament of THG: Couples Edition, where fans vote on the most popular celebrity couple in the entire universe!

The concept is simple: Pick your favorite of the two pairs in each poll. Done. YOUR VOTES will determine the winners of this tournament showdown.

After eight hotly-contested first-round battles, the quarterfinal bracket is set. Tuesday, Robsten took on JT and Jessica Biel in a #1 vs. #9 matchup.

Today's contest: The President and First Lady of the United States, Barack and Michelle Obama, against upstarts Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

The Gossip Girl and Safe House stars have their work cut out here, but they've already knocked off Brangelina, so all bets are off. Cast your votes below!

And the Winner is?

Which celebrity couple do you like more, Barack and Michelle Obama or Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds? Vote in this quarterfinal matchup now! View Poll »

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Barack & Michelle
48.0%

Blake & Ryan
52.0%

Total Votes: 1807

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Whenever he leaves office, President Barack Obama may have a found a new career. Who would have guessed his reelection strategy would involve more singing?

Last month, the Commander-in-Chief sang Al Green at Harlem's Apollo Theater. Then last night, he shared the stage with Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck.

The all-star musical lineup performed in the East Room of the White House, with the President joining in for an ensemble rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago" ...

The full version of In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues is set to air on local PBS stations on next Monday, February 27, at 9 p.m. ET.

For most of the evening, Barack and Michelle Obama took in the concert from the audience, swaying in their seats and occasionally getting up to dance.

But after some prodding from Buddy Guy, who referenced Obama's Apollo performance and told him, "You gotta keep it up," the President took the stage.

Taking the microphone offered by Rolling Stones frontman Jagger, Obama sang a few bars - again, surprisingly well - and handed the mic off to B.B. King.

"This music speaks to something universal," Obama said, as quoted by the AP.

"No one goes through life without both joy and pain, triumph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that, sometimes with just one lyric or one note."

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Samuel L. Jackson is making news for some candid remarks about President Barack Obama and why he supported him in 2008. What did the actor say exactly?

That he pulled the lever for Obama because of his race.

In an interview with Ebony, Jackson said, "I voted for Barack because he's black. 'Cuz that's why other folks vote for other people, because they look like them ... That's American politics, pure and simple. [Obama's] message didn't mean [bleep] to me."

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Jackson then went on to drop the n-word many times discussing Obama, telling the magazine, "When it comes down to it, they wouldn't have elected a [bleep]."

"Because ... what's a [bleep]? A [bleep] is scary. Obama ain't scary at all. [Bleeps] don't have beers at the White House. [Bleeps] don't let some white dude, while you in the middle of a speech, call [him] a liar," he said, referring to Joe Wilson's famous outburst.

"A [bleep] would've stopped right there and said, ‘Who the f--k said that?' I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, 'cuz he ain't gotta worry about getting re-elected."

There you go. The only thing missing is a Snakes on a Plane reference.

Provocative word choice aside, Jackson's point appears to be that some people vote based on race, and that Obama won because while he is black, he does not fit negative African-American stereotypes. For more on the subject, see Rock, Chris.

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Welcome back to the first annual Tournament of THG: Couples Edition, where fans vote on the most popular celebrity couple in the entire universe!

The concept is simple: Pick your favorite of the two pairs in each poll. Done. YOUR VOTES will determine the winners of this tournament showdown.

Tournament of THG Couples Bracket

So far in round one, Robsten is cruising, while Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds both hold narrow advantages.

Today's battle: The President and the First Lady of the United States against TomKat! An unconventional matchup, we know. But a good one!

Cast your VOTE BELOW for your favorite couple of the two:

And the Winner is?

    Who's your favorite celeb pair, TomKat or the Obamas? Cast your vote now in this first round matchup and help us crown THG's Top Celebrity Couple! View Poll »

    Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

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    Mitt Romney looking stiff, forced and a little awkward? There's a stunner!

    We kid. While we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, as the GOP presidential hopeful reminds us, most of us are not endowed with singing abilities.

    In that respect: Mitt Romney ... He's just like us!

    The Republican often delves into a monologue on the campaign trail about the greatness of America as seen through the lyrics of "America the Beautiful."

    In Iowa, for instance, he said that the "amber waves of grain" were corn; in Florida, he tied the "spacious skies" to the state's role in space exploration.

    Typically, Romney will talk-sing the lyrics, but he must have had a second cup of coffee this week, as he actually burst into song in The Villages, Fla.

    The crowd of mostly senior citizens sang along. The press covering Romney, who won Florida's primary easily, wondered, "Was this really happening?"

    It was, and on the Tonight Show last night, Michelle Obama described Romney’s singing as “beautiful” and said the song should be sung by everyone.

    Classy lady. But can Mitt hold a candle to Barack singing Al Green?!

    Who's the better singer of these 2012 candidates?

     

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    If you haven't seen the video of President Obama singing Al Green at a fundraiser at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater last week, you need to.

    No matter what you think of his views, the Prez proved with his riff on "Let's Stay Together" that he's got pipes! And we weren't the only ones impressed.

    Friday, American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe Tweeted an official offer to the Commander in Chief that he can't refuse. Or at least he shouldn't:

    "@BarackObama we loved your vocal performance so much we'd love to invite you on to #AmericanIdol this Season for a duet with Al Green."

    Now that would be the DVR moment of the decade.

    We're gonna guess that Obama will cite scheduling conflicts and pass, but if you think about it, what better way to win over voters in an election year?

    Okay, perhaps a robust economy would be a bigger ballot box boost, but you get the idea. The guy's vocal chops are legit and deserve a wider audience.

    President Obama in 2012?

     

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    Roseanne Barr is mourning the death of music legend Etta James in an odd way: by talking $hit about President Obama and Beyonce.

    Basing a round of criticism on Obama asking Beyonce to cover the James classic "At Last" during a 2009 inauguration ball, Roseanne Tweeted yesterday: "I lost ALL respect for Obama when he dissed Etta James in favor of Beyonce," later adding:

    "I have not listened to anything Beyonce or Jay z has said or recorded since they did that to Etta. Their arrogance was disgusting."

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    Roseanne, who actually just had a pilot picked up by NBC, then focused her rage on those who dare to support the new mother of Blue Ivy, writing: "Beyonce’s fans are really ignorant-she should not be proud of entertaining drooling mutants!"

    Soon after Beyonce serenaded the Obamas with "At Last," James herself also called her and the President out - but both she and Roseanne appear to be missing a crucial point: James did not originally record the song, either. Her version was a cover of a cover.

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    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer received an earful from President Obama when she met him on an airport tarmac outside Phoenix yesterday - and responded in kind.

    The Democratic chief executive and Republican governor could be seen engaged in an intense conversation right at the base of Air Force One's steps.

    Both could be seen smiling, but speaking forecefully at the same time. At one point, Jan Brewer pointed a finger directly in Barack Obama's face. Why?

    Asked later what the conversation was about, Brewer, who recently published Scorpions for Breakfast, said, "He was a little disturbed about my book."

    Something of a memoir of her years growing up, Scorpions defends her signing of Arizona's controversial law cracking down on undocumented immigrants.

    Obama, who opposes that law, was objecting to Brewer's description of a meeting they had at the White House in June 2010. Bad blood has boiled since.

    Brewer described Obama as lecturing her like "a little kid in a classroom, if you will, and he was this wise professor ... I felt minimized to say the least."

    The Governor also said that later that year, Obama blew her off when he was in town to deliver the commencement address at Arizona State University.

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    Aside from the optimistic platitudes, soaring rhetoric and feel-good proposals, President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address was overtly populist and unquestionably combative as he maps a path to a second term in 2013.

    Obama’s speech included no shortage of appeals to unity, bipartisanship and overriding American purpose, and he articulated plenty of vague, popular-sounding policy goals, similarly to how Bill Clinton kicked off his 1996 campaign.

    His central message, though, stressed a sharp and basic philosophical contrast with his ideological opponents, clearly forming the centerpiece of his reelection effort.

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    While Obama prevailed in 2008 as a change agent - a more progressive implementer of American ideals than his GOP opponents, certainly, but still a post-partisan uniter - he appears to be taking a dramatically different tack in 2012.

    Can this new, 2012 version of Obama recapture the same campaign magic, however? Will independent voters return to him over the Republican alternative?

    With approval ratings in the mid-40s, he's clearly banking on it, since this seemed in many respects a speech designed to align him with the "99 percent."

    You tell us: President Obama in 2012?

     

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    In his last State of the Union address before the 2012 election, President Obama called upon Congress to work together to rebuild the coveted American Dream.

    Our 44th President promised, in a memorable phrase, “no bail-outs, no hand-outs, no cop-outs” to financial institutions that helped derail the U.S. economy.

    Obama spoke about “fair” tax reform with a thinly-veiled reference to phrases Republican presidential candidates have used against him repeatedly in debates.

    “You can call this ‘class warfare’ all you want,” he said, calling it pure fairness. Without a doubt, the 2012 State of the Union address was a campaign speech:

    He said Americans must get past personal ambition and partisan obsession to "focus on the mission at hand" and keep the dream alive by restoring the economy.

    "No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important," he said.

    "We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules."

    "Do we want to keep tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Or do we want invest in everything else? If we're serious about paying down our debt, we can't do both."

    Rebuttals came quickly and predictably from political opponents.

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