Obama riffs on his presidency with Stephen Colbert

Plus: Addams Family's Pugsley dies; Pooja Bhatt separates from husband; and Jenni Rivera's estate sues over fatal plane crash.
Barack Obama appears on The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Barack Obama appears on The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

His daughters mock his big ears, he leaves his socks on the floor, and sitting behind Stephen Colbert’s desk, he said, gives him a greater sense of power. When the American president Barack Obama was not seriously defending his economic record, his executive actions on immigration and his delayed decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Monday on The Colbert Report, he was playfully confiding that the trappings of the presidency really don’t go to his head. “When I go home, Michelle, Malia and Sasha give me a hard time,” he told the host Stephen Colbert. As he wrapped up, Colbert had one last question: “Barack Obama – great president or the greatest president?” “I’m going to let someone else decide – not you, but someone who knows what they’re talking about,” the president replied. Colbert countered: “Stephen Colbert – great pundit or the greatest pundit?” Obama didn’t miss a beat: “The greatest pundit.” – AP

Pooja Bhatt separates from husband

The Bollywood actor and director Pooja Bhatt has announced on Twitter that she is ending her 11-year marriage to Manish Makhija. The actress, who married Makhija in 2003, said her split was “amicable”.“To all those who care and especially those that don’t, my husband Munna and me have decided to part ways after 11 glorious years of marriage. Our split, as some might call it, is amicable and we hold each other in the highest esteem for now and forever,” Bhatt tweeted. – The National staff

Addams Family’s pugsley dies

Ken Weatherwax, who played the child character Pugsley on The Addams Family television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 59. Weatherwax died of a heart attack at his Box Canyon, California, home over the weekend, said Joey D Vieira, his half-­brother. Weatherwax’s body was found on Sunday. Pugsley, the son of Gomez and ­Morticia, was a member of the family of macabre oddballs in the television series, which was broadcast on ABC from 1964 to 1966. – AP

Jenni Rivera’s estate sues over fatal plane crash

The estate of the Mexican-American superstar Jenni Rivera is suing the owners of a Learjet that crashed two years ago, killing the singer and several members of her entourage. Rivera’s estate filed the negligence lawsuit against Starwood Management Inc in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. Starwood owned the Learjet 25 that crashed in northern Mexico in December 2012. Rivera’s company has been sued along with Starwood by relatives of those killed in the crash, including her lawyer, hairstylist, publicist and make-up artist, and one of the plane’s pilots. Lawyers are scheduled to update a judge on Wednesday on the progress of settlement talks between Rivera’s company and the relatives. A representative for Starwood could not be found to comment. A lawyer representing the company left the case earlier this year and has not been replaced. – AP

Published: December 9, 2014 04:00 AM

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