Missed the State Of The Union address last night? Well, here’s a guide of some major points for those of you who still want to know where we’re at. The economy continues to dominate President Obama’s agenda, given how the first 20 minutes were a mixture of economic policies from spending cuts to boosting the middle class. Though we’re no longer arguing about the Bush tax cuts, bailouts, or the debt ceiling, we have new talking points: sequester cuts, deficit reduction, tax codes. Oh my.
Sam Seaborn, fictional speechwriting dreamboat from “The West Wing,” would argue the SOTU speech is not solely about policy, it’s about noble over-reaching that government should aspire to. So what’s on President Obama’s agenda? Where are we heading in the next four years? Keep reading »
Attention party people, tonight is a pretty big night! No, I’m not talking about Mardi Gras. I’m referring to another excuse to drink on a Tuesday: President Obama’s first State Of The Union Address of his second term.
The annual address made by the President at the invitation of Congress not only produces some candid facial expressions (The Boehner Smirk, The Biden Grin, The Alito Head Shake), and spontaneous outbursts (“You lie!”), but it is also the President’s chance to explain how far we’ve come as a nation and where future policy is heading.
At the top of the list will probably be continued efforts to strengthen the economy, which according to NPR “remains the most important issue to voters, judging by what they tell pollsters.” Potential battles include “sequestration” and the deficit.
Here are six other slightly sexier issues the pundits are predicting: Keep reading »
Trapped at the office on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and can’t watch the inauguration? Us, too. But here’s video of President Obama’s entire inaugural and the full-text of his speech so you can follow along. Keep reading »
2013 Inauguration, we’ve got your meme: Beyoncé performed “The National Anthem” wearing huuuuuge sparkly green earrings and swipes of cat eyes eyeliner. It’s no Aretha Franklin and her giant hat, but then again, what is?
After a brief respite, James Franco is back to being The Worst, today unleashing his new poem, “Obama in Asheville,” which was supposedly written for the president’s inauguration or something. The poem reads like a boring Wiki of all the things James learned in English 101, and then veers off to talk about getting a burrito at the burrito shop. It includes references to more than two dozen other authors (that James Franco clearly believes he’s in the company of) an also mentions the graduate class James Franco’s teaching; James Franco in Spiderman; James Franco’s Academy Awards; James Franco attending a Vanity Fair dinner — wait a sec, what does this have to do with Obama again?
The full text of this lousy “poem” is after the jump (and NB to JF: putting a poorly written screed into stanzas does not a poem make). Keep reading »
Michelle Obama is a national treasure. A woman who’s intelligent, kind, poised and stylish, our FLOTUS is a woman worth looking up to. And whenever we actually grow up, we hope to be just like her. So today, in honor of her 49th birthday, we’ve put together a little post of some of our very favorite MObama gifs. Click through to enjoy. Keep reading »
President Obama and Joe Biden laid out their gun control plan at the White House today, calling for a $500 million program in front of a number of children who had written the president asking that he tackle gun violence. Biden got the first word, boasting that his team had consulted 229 groups, from law enforcement to gun advocacy organizations, along with mayors, governors, and congressmembers, before making its recommendations. “The world has changed, and it’s demanding action,” he said. Read more…
Attention, American public: The White House has seen your petitions about building a Death Star, investigating the feasibility of building the Enterprise, and giving each state an official Pokémon. In one case they even responded in a particularly awesome way. But now they have another message for you: Cut it out, guys. It’s getting tired.
To that end, We the People—whitehouse.gov’s official petition site–is upping the number of signatures required for an official White House response from 25,000 to 100,000. Read more…
Aww! The Obamas are SO CUTE together! During last night’s ABC News interview, Barbara Walters got all nosy and asked them, “How do you keep the fire going?” The look on President Obama’s face and his awkward laugh told Babs all she needed to know about that.
I don’t want to know [I do. -- Editor] what America’s Mom and Dad do when the lights go down in White House bedroom! (Okay, I kinda do – he probably sings.) [Mashable]