When in Denver, do as the Denverites do ... but President Barack Obama drew the line at smoking pot.
Obama was in town Tuesday night and hit up a few "man of the people" type spots.
As Obama shook hands with a few of the bar patrons, one guy yelled out, "Do you want a hit, man?"
Obama -- once a self-admitted pot enthusiast -- laughed it off of course ... but you have to wonder if the answer will be the same in January 2017.
Strong-Arms Photo Agency
To Squash Malia Photos
7/8/2014 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Malia Obama went to a famous L.A. restaurant Monday night -- a restaurant regularly frequented by celebs and paparazzi -- and when the White House found out a photog took her pic, they went into DEFCON 1 to KILL the photos.
The 16-year-old went to Gjelina in Venice, CA with some friends. The photog got the pic as Malia walked out and then sent it to the AKM-GSI agency to sell. The agency posted the pic on its website for media outlets to purchase, but several hours later The First Lady's Office called AKM-GSI and asked them to please take the pics off the website and delete them from their files.
We're told Michelle Obama's people told the agency they had promises from various media outlets not to photograph the 2 girls when they were not in the presence of their father.
AKM-GSI then agreed, sending an email to the media with the subject, "URGENT SET KILL NOTICE."
The text reads, "Please delete the set of Malia Obama from your archive. The set was sent around earlier today. We cannot distribute this set."
Now here's what's interesting. Malia has been in L.A. over the last few weeks, doing an internship on Halle Berry's TV show for part of the time. Then she showed up at a famous restaurant -- Secret Service in tow -- with photogs all over the place.
So is this a case of the President and First Lady taking precautionary action, or is this a concerned famous mom and dad flexing their muscles?
What Would Jack Bauer Do
... Clooney or Winfrey for Prez?
7/2/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Loves Guns, Just NOT
Boozy Rednecks with Guns
7/2/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kenya Moore is a big fan of guns -- she's packing lots of 'em -- but says "rednecks" with weapons in bars is a bad idea.
Kenya was out in Bev Hills when we asked her about Georgia's new Safe Carry Protection Act -- which makes it legal to carry guns into all kinds of dangerous places ... libraries, schools, churches, and bars too.
As for where Kenya plans to tote her guns -- bars may be out, but she explains why she'll always have one close.
Hear that, Porsha?
New Host Wishlist ...
A Conservative and a Latina
6/28/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Producers on "The View" have targeted two types of hosts they are looking to fill their empty positions ... and let's just say if you speak a little Spanish ... you could be in luck.
Sources involved in the search tell TMZ ... View honchos are on the hunt for a Latina -- which would be a first for the show. Lauren Sanchez almost got the gig back in the day when Debbie Matenopoulos got fired, but Lisa Ling snagged the gig.
We're also told the show is going old school by looking for "a conservative female with a strong, smart point of view." Our sources say they have their eyes on Margaret Hoover and Abby Huntsman, who is guest hosting on Tuesday.
Our sources say Huntsman, who is the daughter of former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., has always considered "The View" a prime gig ... but right now it would take a lot to get her to leave her job at MSNBC.
Gives Up First Class Seat
to a Soldier
6/27/2014 11:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
As if Amy Adams wasn't lovable enough ... the Oscar-nominated actress sat in coach on a flight from Detroit Thursday ... because she gave up her first class seat to a soldier.
Adams' grand gesture was done on the DL, but it happened to be witnessed by ESPN's Jemele Hill, who was seated a few rows in front of Adams.
Hill spotted Adams eyeing the soldier as she got on the plane and later saying something to the flight attendant. Before long, Hill noticed Adams was gone ... and the soldier was in her place.
The "American Hustle" star ended up with us normal folk in coach, where a fan snapped the above photo with Adams and wrote, "Not the best picture of me but i just met Amy Adams on my flight to LAX, this is my claim to fame. #holys*** #selfies #amyadams #soexcited"
Hi Eddie. (inside joke)
Marion Barry vs. Rob Ford
Crack Mayor Face-Off!!!
6/26/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
They are the founding members of a very exclusive fraternity, but we had to settle it once and for all … who is the better crack mayor: Marion Barry or Rob Ford?
After those two, filling out our crack mayor Mount Rushmore proved difficult, so we had to expand the field. Did your mayor make the cut?
Mayor Rob Ford
He Eats My Dust
6/25/2014 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former D.C. mayor Marion Barry says Toronto mayor Rob Ford can't hold a candle to him -- problem is ... we can't tell if he's talking about political accomplishments or drug use.
Our photog got Barry out in downtown Washington D.C. Tuesday night, where we asked him who gets more love in their respective cities ... him or Ford?
For the record ... Barry was convicted of cocaine possession and served 6 months in prison. Ford was caught on video smoking crack but never prosecuted.
Barry also grouses about the shelved movie about his life, saying 2 white guys had no business getting in his business.
Rep. Jim Moran
Redskins Name Is Disrespectful
... Patent Office Did 'Right Thing'
6/23/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A Virginia politician is standing strong behind the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to cancel the trademark on the term "Redskins" ... telling TMZ Sports the move was simply the "right thing to do."
We spoke to Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) ... who was very strong about his belief the name of the of NFL team is disrespectful ... and needs to be changed, ASAP.
In fact, Moran's got advice for team officials -- saying, "They should give the football team a name that's respectful of all Americans ... particularly Native Americans."
Moran has previously explained ... that the name "Redskins" applied to scalps -- "There were posters that would provide a certain amount of money for each Redskin, for each native American scalp."
Moran told Talk Radio News Service ... "It’s wrong to glorify that term. Those native Americans who know the background are rightfully offended, so I think [team owner Dan Snyder] is going to have to change the name."
Woodward and Bernstein
And the Tragic Break-Up
6/23/2014 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
GOOD GENES OR
6/22/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hillary Clinton's looks are a facial filibuster!
Here's the then 44-year-old soon-to-be First Lady posing for a photo in Los Angeles back in 1991 (left) and 23 years later -- the now 66-year-old former Secretary of State speaking at an event in New York City earlier this year (right).
Her beauty secrets are classified information!
The question is...
Seth Rogen and James Franco
Blasted for New Kim Jong-un
6/21/2014 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The North Korean regime is blasting Seth Rogen and James Franco's new flick featuring an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.
Kim Myong-chol -- the unofficial spokesperson for the regime in Pyongyang -- told the Telegraph the government is not pleased with the content ... although Un will likely watch the flick.
Myong claims the movie mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, adding, "And let us not forget who killed Kennedy -- Americans."
And there's this ominous statement: "In fact, President Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well."
Myong-chold says the storyline shows desperation on the part of the U.S.
So, we gotta ask ...
Goes Hollywood Too!!!
Visits 'Pretty Little Liars' Set
6/20/2014 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's good to be daughter of the President of the United States -- TMZ has confirmed Sasha Obama got to visit the set of "Pretty Little Liars" ... and she didn't even have to fetch coffee!
According to our sources, 13-year-old Sasha (and one lucky friend) hit up the "PLL" set on Thursday ... and hobnobbed with the entire cast.
As we reported, Malia Obama got a week-long gig as a production assistant on Halle Berry's new CBS show "Extant."
So, Malia worked for one week -- while Sasha got to be a fan girl ... without manual labor.
Anything you can do, I can do better ...