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Manuel Balce Ceneta, Jose Luis Magana / AP

The presidency is a lot of work, but it also has its perks. Here's how Obama had fun during his first couple of months in office compared to Trump's first two months...

Alfalfa Club: On January 31, 2009, Obama joked at the elitist Alfalfa Club party:

"You've heard it from the pundits: 'Obama is cloistered in the White House.' 'He's aloof.' 'He's in the bubble.' 'He's not connecting.' . . . One of my big goals this year was to get out and be among everyday, ordinary Americans — like the men and women of the Alfalfa Club."

Trump declined the invitation to the ritzy event and sent Mike Pence to make the jokes instead.

He said Trump was "going to build a big, beautiful, impenetrable wall. It's gonna be nine feet tall, and it's gonna run right between the West Wing and the press corps. And The New York Times is going to pay for it."

Camp David: The Obamas took their first overnight at the presidential getaway on February 7, 2009, but Trump — with his homes in NY, Florida and NJ — has yet to visit the traditional, woodsy retreat house.

First vacation: The Obamas took their first long weekend to their home in Chicago on February 13, 2009, where Barack took Michelle out for a Valentine's date. Although Trump famously claims to never take vacations, his first trip to Mar-a-Lago for a work vacation was on February 4.

Golf: While Obama ended his presidency with a record number of rounds of golf and played 66 rounds within the first 27 months, his first round of golf wasn't until April 26, 2009. Meanwhile, Trump has had 12 trips for rounds of golf since inauguration. His first presidential tee-off was with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on February 10.

White House Correspondents Dinner: Trump has declined to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner, making him the first President to skip the event since Ronald Reagan did in 1981 after an assassination attempt. Obama was a featured speaker his first year in office:

First party: Michelle hosted the nation's governors for the first time in the White House's State Dining Room on February 22, 2009.

Haraz N. Ghanbari / AP

Melania hosted her first governors dinner in the East Room of the White House on February 26, the night of the Academy Awards.

Chip Somodevilla / AP

Celebs: Harry Potter (aka Daniel Radcliffe) invited the Obama girls backstage on the Half Blood Prince set, and Brad Pitt had a White House visit. Meanwhile, not many celebrities have shown any support for the Trump administration. But then again, Trump is a celebrity himself.

Super Bowl champs: During all 8 years of his presidency, Obama refused to make a Super Bowl prediction. But he did host the Super Bowl champions at the White House. Here he is with the Steelers in 2009:

Charles Dharapak / AP

This year, Trump correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would win the Super Bowl, but at least 6 different Patriots have said they will not participate in this year's White House visit.

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Hollywood union reaches deal with studios to avert strike

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A Hollywood workers' union reached a tentative deal with studios, networks and streamers that will guarantee better working conditions, meal breaks and increased wages for low-paid workers, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced Saturday night.

Why it matters: The deal, which still needs to be ratified by IATSE members, will avert a nationwide strike by film and television workers that was set to start Monday. It would have been the first strike in the union's 128-year history.

Bill Clinton released from hospital following treatment for non-COVID infection

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Former President Bill Clinton was discharged from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Sunday, nearly a week after he was admitted for a non-COVID-related infection, according to his spokesperson Angel Ureña.

What they're saying: "His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," wrote Dr. Alpesh Amin, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating Clinton. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress."

Worth noting: Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, per CNN.

  • The California-based medical team had been administering IV antibiotics and fluids, and was in constant communication with Clinton's New York team, including his cardiologist, according to the former president's physicians.
  • President Biden spoke by phone with Clinton on Friday to see how he was doing, and the catch-up included a discussion of recent politics.
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TikTok drives new nostalgia economy

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Older brands, trends and technologies are making a comeback as younger consumers desperately chase slower, less chaotic times.

The big picture: TikTok's algorithm makes it easy for flashback items to resurface and quickly go viral both on its platform and eventually on other social networks.