Sunday, April 03, 2011

Alex Ovechkin Scores Photo Op With First Lady

The puckish hockey star does more tweeting than eating at DC's BLT Steak....
This photo of First Lady Michelle Obama and a tough guy getting cozy in what looks like a bar was tweeted on April Fool's Day. As such, it seemed like a good joke with excellent photoshopping--but a White House aide confirmed to Obama Foodorama that it's a real photo.

Because that's no ordinary hunky thug working his game on Mrs. Obama: It's Alex Ovechkin, the 24-year-old superstar Russian captain of the Washington Capitals ice hockey team. Ovechkin (@Ovi8) tweeted the photo at 7:30 PM on April 1, and wrote "With the First Lady!"

The venue is not actually a bar--it's BLT Steak, a pricey restaurant in Washington, DC, that's about two blocks from the White House. Mrs. Obama was not dining with Ovechkin--they just saw each other at BLT, and had a very friendly moment. "The menu showcases raw bar selections, our signature warm popovers, and top-notch steak and fish," BLT notes on its website.

The First Lady is a major hockey fan: The NHL has partnered with the Let's Move! campaign. In March, members of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks visited the First Lady and the President at the White House, and held a Let's Move! street hockey clinic for kids on the South Lawn.

The White House didn't confirm when the photo was actually taken, but Mrs. Obama wore the same outfit in the morning of April 1, during a parent teacher conference she attended with President Obama at Sidwell Friends School in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference was for daughter Sasha, 9. (Above: The President and First Lady at Sidwell)

But Mrs. Obama has a penchant for repeating her outfits, and she was clad in the same outfit when the First Family departed from the White House for their trip to Latin America at 10:15 PM on March 18. An early BLT dinner before the overnight Air Force One flight to Brazil? Or a dinner this Friday night? (Above: Mrs. Obama with daughter Malia, heading for Marine One to go to Andrews Air Force Base to get aboard Air Force One)

*Top photo from Ovechkin; others by AP