Last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner features two different spoof videos featuring extensive celebrity/politico cameos. First up came House of Nerds, in which Kevin Spacey’s utterly corrupt House of Cards politician took the screen opposite probably-corrupt real-life politicians like John McCain, Valerie Jarrett, Michael Bloomberg, and a lot of other people who almost certainly have more important things to do. Bonus: There’s an NBC joke! Watch the video: READ FULL STORY »
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White House Correspondents' Dinner: President Obama on NBC, 'The Bible,' and Taylor Swift. Plus: Conan O'Brien's best jokes
C-Span insistently stamped the hashtag “NerdProm” on their coverage of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but the annual political roast looked more like Washington’s answer to the Golden Globes. By which I mean, there were several pointed jokes and untold gallons of booze. Conan O’Brien was the official comedy diplomat of the night — a return trip for the late-night host, who slung jokes in President Clinton’s direction back in 1995. But O’Brien was overshadowed by his opener: President Barack Obama, who took the opportunity to make several jabs at NBC, CNN, and even Taylor Swift. Read on for the best zingers by the former Tonight Show host and the Commander-in-Chief of these United States. READ FULL STORY »
The ongoing media saga surrounding Jay-Z and Beyonce’s trip to Cuba continued this morning on Today, with President Barack Obama finally weighing in on whether he or the White House gave the couple clearance to travel to the island nation.
Never one to take criticism lying down, Jay-Z released a track called “Open Letter,” rhyming that “Obama said, ‘Chill you’re going to get me impeached’ / You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.”
This seemed like news to the president.
“I wasn’t familiar that they were taking the trip,” the president said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie that aired Wednesday. “My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. You know, this is not something the White House was involved with. We’ve got better things to do.”
Indeed, it was revealed that the Treasury Department and not the White House authorized the excursion as an educational and cultural exchange. Prior to the reveal of that fact, a variety of Republican legislators, including Sen. Marco Rubio, threatened to open investigations into the couple’s trip. 21 Jump Street director Phil Lord was also, um, not especially pleased with the rapper’s jaunt.
Check out Obama’s remarks on Jay and Bey’s trip below.
President Obama has turned against Nate Silver!
…in his NCAA Tournament bracket.
The president shared his Barack-etology picks for this year’s Final Four with ESPN’s Andy Katz, and he went against top-seeded Louisville, who famed numbers-cruncher Silver considers the favorite to win the tournament. To be fair, Obama didn’t exactly go out on a limb, picking Silver’s second choice, Indiana, to beat Louisville in the finals in Atlanta. In fact, the president seems to have a keen appreciation for the numbers that Silver tabulates, since they each selected three of the same four teams to reach the Final Four.
Watch the President below, as he cops to his Big-10 bias, sends Notre Dame home early for their horrible neon green uniforms, and explains who Joe Biden wants to see go all the way. Orange you going to take a guess? READ FULL STORY »
Are the creators of History Channel’s The Bible trying to tell us something? Here’s a photo of actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan in “Hope,” one of two episodes that aired last night:
Tonight may be President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address of his second term (important!), but Thursday he’ll follow it up with a Google+ hangout featuring author, vlogger, and Hank-brother, John Green.
This we learned the usual way: because Green announced it on his YouTube channel.
“Wait, did you just say I was gonna be in a Google+ hangout with the President of the United States of America?” he asks himself while narrating “the sound of his anxiety.” (Watch the video below.)
The hangout’s other guests include “a group of people who regularly discuss important issues of the day online,” according to a post on Google’s blog. This means that Green is one of those important issue-discussing people. This makes Green nervous, according to the vlog, compounding the fact that his brother and fellow vlogger Hank had already stolen some mutual footage which derailed John’s vlogging plans for the day which might be causing him a cold sore. (Again, watch the video.)
All of that worry so that we can learn this: Green will be asking the President some questions, although he hasn’t nailed them all down yet…although one of them might be, “Would you rather fight 10 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?”
And also: You, too, can participate in the hangout and submit questions. Congratulations, America. (John Green, calm down.)
President Obama carried New York by 27 percentage points, but that doesn’t mean that every vote in the Empire State didn’t count — especially if you are the “voice of a generation” and made a campaign plea for first-time voters to go all the way with Obama at the ballot box. Last Wednesday, a blogger for the website Room Eight claimed that Lena Dunham had failed to vote, based on their review of New York City voter files.
Well, Dunham’s not having any of it. She popped up on Twitter this afternoon to correct the rumor, explaining that she actually flew back to New York to cast her vote at her old polling place rather than deal with the frustrating absentee ballot system:
Hey kids, some people on the internet are saying I didn't vote. Some of them are still mad I used a sexy metaphor re: voting. Read on:—
Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 07, 2013
Last night, 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft introduced his joint interview of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with something of a disclaimer: “The White House offered us 30 minutes [with Obama and Clinton] — barely enough time to scratch the surface of their complicated personal and professional relationship,” he said.
But 30 minutes ended up giving the president and his top diplomat plenty of time to sing each other’s praises — expressing their mutual professional admiration, enthusing about their close friendship, and stopping just short of braiding each other’s hair on camera. Here’s a sampling of quotes from their love-fest:
Obama: “I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say ‘thank you,’ because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve had. It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. I’m going to miss her.” READ FULL STORY »
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