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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 05/24/2012

President Barack Obama’s lasting image

"Star Wars" turns 35 tomorrow and there are a couple of very funny bits going around the web to celebrate. One is NPR's fun hashtag and the other is this highly vulgar, but supremely hilarious mashup of Samuel Jackson and Darth Vader.


President Obama lets Jacob Philadelphia touch his hair as Jacob's family looks on. (Pete Souza - The White House)
If you haven't seen the photo of the little boy touching Obama's hair yet, where have you been? I'm kidding. But in all seriousness, the photograph that emerged a week or so ago might be the most important one of the president's term. Black people's hair is the subject of much scrutiny and the backstory behind why a young boy wanted to feel Barack's hair is intellectually multilayered beyond being incredibly adorable. The Post's Jonathan Capehart absolutely nails it with his analysis of the moment.

The dominoes keep falling around Vincent Gray. Another one of his campaign aides was charged yesterday with obstructing justice as part of a federal investigation. This is a day after the same thing happened to another Gray crony. I said yesterday that whether he knew about this or not, it's reprehensible. The Post's Robert McCartney agrees, but takes things a step further, writing the Gray is "either a fool or a liar — and I’m inclined toward the latter."

We assume that most people using Capital Bikeshare are transit-oriented citizens, trying to be green. Others, it turns out are just people who need a way to get from point A to point B, no matter their intentions. One woman learned this lesson the hard way, when she was punched in the face by a guy on a rented bike, who then stole her iPhone and never stopped pedaling, according to witnesses. The Post's Allison Klein reports on what is understood to be the first case of a Bikeshare getaway vehicle.

Carla Rae Jepsen has hit the pop culture motherlode. Not only is her song "Call Me Maybe" a bona fide summer smash single, but this month the Internet handed her two different memes to solidify her 15 minutes. First, everyone and their mom made videos of themselves singing the jam. Then, (second Star Wars reference of the day) she got her own Darth Vader treatment. The Style Blog's Maura Judkis breaks down the song of the summer for 2012.

This isn't specifically sports news, but it is related. WTTG's Dave Feldman is leaving the area to go back to his home market. Sportscasters, ever since the days of Warner Wolf, Glenn Brenner and George Michael, have always played an important role in this town. And though the man affectionately known as "Feldy" was never at their status, he's still a big deal. In my eyes, he was easily the most charismatic guy at his job we've seen in years. D.C. Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg has the details.

Extra Bites

• A couple of interesting items from the animal world. First, the was a dramatic cheetah cub birth at the zoo recently, which netted cute photos. Second, some guy drove to a bar with a zebra and a parrot riding shotgun and left them in the car while he drank.

• A new study seems to confirm the theory that guys prefer women that look dumb when seeking a casual mate. There is legit science behind this, apparently.

• This is the most amazing story you'll read all day. Trust me.

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