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Kathie Lee & Hoda: Michelle Obama is right to be scarf-free

RETRANSMISSION OF SAUK145 FOR ALTERNATIVE CROPCarolyn Kaster/AP First Lady Michelle Obama was right to let her hair loose during a visit to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the late King Abdullah.

People all over the world are in a tizzy because Michelle Obama did not cover her head while meeting with the new king of Saudi Arabia this week. She and her husband made a quick visit to the Arab nation’s new leader, King Salman, so they could pay their respects after the death of longtime ally King Abdullah. But the First Lady, who has covered her head, according to local custom, in Muslim nations like Indonesia, opted to go scarf-free for the Saudis. Her move sparked a minor storm on Twitter.

HK: If you’re not from Saudi Arabia, if you’re a tourist or visitor, there’s usually a different set of rules for people who are not from there. So it may not be as shocking as it seems at first.

KLG: Then again, when you’re as high-profile as the Obamas, you’re going be dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t. Anything they do, they’re bound to offend someone on a daily basis. Look at me and Hoda! I don’t think the First Lady meant any disrespect, but I wasn’t there, I didn’t notice and I personally am not offended. She’s under so much scrutiny for what she wears all the time anyway. I can understand why there’s buzz about it, but I don’t think this is a big deal.


HK: I think Michelle Obama is being exactly who she always is. I’m sure this wasn’t a whimsical decision. I’m sure they talked about it and asked, “What will be the pros and cons?” I’m sure it didn’t happen at the last second, and for whatever reason she decided to not to cover her head, and like a lot of people visiting that country, she did what she wanted.

MR & PRAntonioGuillem/Getty Images/iStockphoto If you want to know which people in your life stress you out, an app called Pplkpr can help.


A new app called Pplkpr links up with a wristband that measures your heartbeat, such as FitBit or Mio, and transmits your heart rate in real time. Using an algorithm to monitor the change in heart rate, the app will rank people in your life according to how happy, anxious or angry they make you.

HK: When I first heard this I thought it was ridiculous and silly, but sometimes you’re friends with people and they stress you out. It would be almost jarring for something to remind you, “Hey look, by the way, every single time you see this person, your blood pressure goes through the roof.”

KLG: How do you explain it to somebody when it goes off and you’re standing with the person? Do you say, “Apparently, my smartphone thinks you’re not good for me”?

HK: Ha! “The Fitbit told me to dump you.” It makes perfect sense.


The Super Bowl is set for Sunday, and after all the hoopla over Tom Brady’s balls and Deflategate, we’re pulling for the Seahawks.

KLG: I don’t like the way the Patriots won the championship game. We live in a culture where now it almost seems like as long as you win in the end it’s okay to try and cheat.

HK: The funny thing is, lots of people didn’t have a dog in this race, but now it has sort of given people a side to go to. If you’re not going to root for a team, now there’s someone to root against. I can’t get behind the Patriots’ claim that a ball boy probably deflated the footballs all on his own, without any kind of instruction.

KLG: You know what? My dog Bambino did it.

HK: The real news is that the “Today” show has its own Super Bowl ad. All of us are walking through the streets of New York City to Coldplay’s song “A Sky Full of Stars.” Chris Martin’s music-video director shot it. Luckily for everyone at home, none of us are actually singing!


The stars of the new “Ghostbusters” are all girls! Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and “SNL” players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are ready to be slimed.

HK: I think it’s going to be freaking hysterical. I cannot wait to see those women, because I think they’re all super funny.

KLG: It’s a big yawn to me.

Kristen Wiig is among stars of the new 'Ghostbusters.' Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Kristen Wiig is among stars of the new ‘Ghostbusters.’

Enlarge Hackers say they have nude photos of Taylor Swift, but she's not buying their threat. Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Hackers say they have nude photos of Taylor Swift, but she’s not buying their threat.



Taylor Swift is calling the buff, er, bluff on a group of hackers who claim to have nude pictures of her. She says no such pictures exist.

HK: Taylor Swift wins because she’s saying it with total confidence. I totally believe her. She did that tweet, “hackers gonna hack, hack, hack, hack, hack.” She making a joke out of it. A lot of times people can make you feel scared. You’d say, “OMG they’re going to release it!” And she’s like, “Have at it.” She played it right.

KLG: Personally, I’m waiting for Hoda’s nude pictures.

The use of Washington Post images for political advertising or endorsements is not permitted.The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images A judge has barred a couple from naming their baby Nutella.


A judge in France has forced a couple to legally change the name of their baby daughter after they named her Nutella — after their favorite creamy chocolate and hazelnut spread.

HK: It’s like naming your child Milky Way. It’s a delicious, chocolaty, yummy thing.

KLG: I don’t like the government telling us how to live our lives. We’re all capable of making our own decisions, or just put us all in the Nutella house.

Watch Kathie Lee and Hoda every day at 10 a.m. during the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” show. Click here for more at Today.com.

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