Bob Dylan says he thinks President Barack Obama is going to win a landslide.
Dylan made the prediction Monday night midway through the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” during a concert in the battleground state of Wisconsin. READ FULL STORY
If you’re a citizen of the Internet, you’re familiar with Cory Booker — Newark’s take-charge mayor, famous for personally shoveling one constituent’s driveway in 2010 and pulling another out of a burning building this spring. Since Hurricane Sandy hit, the social media-savvy politician has been busier than ever, inviting victims to watch DVDs at his house, delivering blankets to Newark residents who lost power after the storm, and otherwise working tirelessly to aid relief efforts.
It seems like Booker is everywhere, fixing problem after problem with the sheer force of his awesomeness… which may be why Irish account executive Lee Daly thought it’d be a good idea to ask the mayor if he could fix a pothole in Daly’s hometown. His facetious request inspired what might be the best tweet ever tweeted:
Soon, you can look forward to a life free of pesky presidential political ads interrupting your favorite shows – well, for the next fours years anyway. This week of course, brings the much-anticipated election, along with live Daily Show and Colbert to get you through it, the premiere of Top Chef’s new season in Seattle, and an event certainly sexier than the election — Bond, James Bond.
Have a great week!
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I’m not a right-winger, but I blame it all on Bill Clinton!
Back in June 1992, when the Arkansas governor’s first serious presidential bid was still in doubt, he popped up on Arsenio Hall to toot “Heartbreak Hotel” on his saxophone. It was his campaign’s effort to “go right to the people,” and by all measures, it worked. To be fair, Clinton wasn’t the first candidate to make a guest appearance on the tube to connect with voters — John F. Kennedy visited Jack Paar in 1960 and Richard Nixon mangled a punchline on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in 1968 — but once Clinton showed up on in his shades and belted out an Elvis tune, the power of television took over. Not only did he seem so much younger than his competition — George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot — but he seemed like a guy you’d want to be pals with. READ FULL STORY
With the election a mere 12 days away, President Barack Obama’s media blitz continued today when he answered young voter questions on MTV.
In the half-hour special, MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway sat down with with the President in the Oval Office (one of three interviews Obama is conducting at the White House today) to ask questions submitted via Facebook. READ FULL STORY
Lena Dunham may or may not be the voice of her generation (or a voice of a generation), but she definitely knows how to spin some high-wire deadpan humor. In an ad paid for by President Obama’s re-election campaign, the star and creator of HBO’s Girls begins her pitch with this eyebrow-raising line: “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy.”
The video quickly shifts into Dunham explaining her reasons for supporting Obama — health care, birth control, gay rights, women’s rights — and ends with a clear pitch to get the 18-to-29 set to the polls.
It’s a calculated risk: A wryly hip ad that will likely appeal to Dunham’s fans (whose enthusiasm for the democratic process may have waned since the gonzo excitement of the 2008 election), but could equally turn off older voters who like their celeb endorsements more straightforward — like, say, Clint Eastwood’s recent 30-second pitch for Mitt Romney.
Check it out below, and decide for yourself! READ FULL STORY
With the election only 12 days away, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are embarking on the final legs of their campaign tours. Both candidates have plans to appear in battleground states like Ohio and Florida, but they’ve also been paying their dues — Obama especially — to the entertainment beast with recent stints on The Tonight Show, The Late Night with David Letterman and Live! With Kelly and Michael. The latest is Rolling Stone, which, not surprisingly for the historically liberal publication, features a cover-story interview with the President. Conducted by presidential historian Douglas Brinkley — who is staunchly anti-Romney — the interview covers many of the campaign’s familiar talking points: women’s reproductive rights, the economy, Obamacare. But there are indeed some surprises, even for those of us who watched all three debates (or at least saw the highlights). Take a look after the jump at the 10 points that stood out the most.
Peter Berg may be the big winner in tonight’s debate — as both President Obama and Governor Romney perhaps unwittingly made reference to the director’s work.
When President Obama attacked Romney for calling Russia the biggest geopolitical threat, Romney responded with part of his favorite campaign slogan, cribbed from Berg’s Friday Night Lights. READ FULL STORY
On this morning after last night’s presidential debate, moderator and CNN’s chief political correspondent Candy Crowley has found herself in the center of criticism (mostly from Republicans) for having a part in one of the debate’s most heated exchanges.
When the conversation turned to the consulate attack in Libya, Governor Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama for taking “14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.” As CNN (again, her outlet) puts it: “Romney falsely accused the president of not calling the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a terror attack. But, as the fearless and fact-based Candy Crowley noted, Romney was not telling the truth. The day after the attack, Obama referred to it as ‘terror’ — even before full reports were in.”
Gentlemen — and ladies — start your parody Twitter accounts! A consensus has been reached regarding the most viral moment of last night’s second presidential debate. The question that inspired it: “In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?”
President Obama cited the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in his answer. Governor Romney responded by relaying an anecdote about searching for qualified female candidates for his Cabinet — specifically, he “went to a number of women’s groups, and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Why did this phrase hit a nerve? READ FULL STORY