Remember the President Obama who used to preach “lower the temperature” civility and “work together” collaboration from the lectern during State of the Union speeches? Well, that guy didn’t show up last night to deliver our constitutionally mandated report card. Instead we got a tough-talking, battle-hardened chief executive who repeatedly promised to act alone to further his goals, when and where he can, whether or not he has the support of Congress. READ FULL STORY
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Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He’s been named GQ‘s No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013.
The 52-year-old former basketball player who has visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea was selected as the top pick in the magazine’s third annual list of the least influential celebrities, which also includes twerking pop star Miley Cyrus, President Barack Obama, and celebrity chef Paula Deen. GQ called Rodman a “Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity.”
Rodman said this week he’s preparing to return to North Korea late next month for an exhibition basketball tour.
Deen, whose cooking empire imploded this year after she admitted to having used the N-word to describe black employees, came in at No. 2 on the list behind Rodman, while former sexting U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner took the No. 3 spot.
“He’s the saddest lecher in American politics, and that’s saying something, because they’re all lechers,” the magazine said.
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When Homeland star Damian Lewis met President Obama for the first time, he literally pinched himself out of disbelief.
Lewis sat down for a chat with EW Radio’s Faith Salie and Julie Cunningham and discussed meeting the President, who has admitted he’s big fan of Homeland. Lewis also gave listeners his best Obama impression when talking about when the President can actually find the time to watch TV.
Listen to the clip below:
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America: Where anything goes in a filibuster.
Last night — as part of Senator Ted Cruz’s filibuster protesting the Affordable Care Act — the Texas Republican read aloud from the Dr. Seuss favorite Green Eggs and Ham.
Of course, as many on Twitter have already pointed out, the point of this kids’ book is that the main character didn’t think he liked something because he hadn’t tried it before, but then he did, and he loved it. No relevant message to Obamacare there!
Cruz also gave Ashton Kutcher and Duck Dynasty a shout-out during his time at the podium. Perhaps the senator is really just looking for a career change and thinks pop culture blogger sounds like fun.
Check out Cruz trying his hand as an audiobook reader below:
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Kris Jenner is unhappy with the leader of the free world.
Recently, when President Barack Obama was interviewed by David Blum of Kindle, he mentioned that the idea of the American Dream has shifted. “There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous,” the president said. “Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”
Momma K was none-too-happy about her daughter and the father of her granddaughter being singled out as examples of extreme fame and wealth (you’d think she would love that, right?). She took to her new talk show to respond to Obama, because clearly he’s a fan.
“I wasn’t aware that we could only set the bar so high, and that we could only dream so big,” Jenner said. “I was taught, dream big, work hard — and you could have whatever you wanted.
“Well, Kanye West, first of all, doesn’t go on vacation,” she continued. “Kim Kardashian is the hardest-working young lady in the world. She never sleeps; she never stops; she never slows down and [she] works so hard for what she’s got.”
Then she goes on to explain how beneficial she and her offspring are to the economy — because their empire of fame employs hundreds. (We thank you, our noble benefactors, for this tiny morsel of generosity.) Jenner also points out that the president has an even bigger house than she does! She calls being the president of a nation rife with problems and discontent a “wonderful fabulous life.” She also doesn’t think it’s a bad thing that her family wants to do their best (at what exactly?) and “have nice things.”
Is she totally oblivious, or is she just really terrible? Watch the clip and decide for yourself:
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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:
During Thursday’s Oklahoma City auditions episode (read my full recap here), colorful wackaloon Zoanette Johnson, “19,” brutally murdered the national anthem to the unfathomable delight of the American Idol judges, her pitchy runs eventually knocking featherweight pleasure hub Keith Urban onto the floor. At least she didn’t lip-sync it? READ FULL STORY
– 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
Well, that settles it (maybe, possibly, probably not): According to CNN, an unnamed inaugural official has confirmed that Beyoncé lip-synched while performing the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Monday.
“Because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band,” the official said, noting that the singer didn’t arrive in Washington D.C. until late Sunday night. The official doesn’t know why Beyoncé elected not to sing live — by all accounts, “she was spot on” in her pre-recording session, and “she’s actually a very good live singer.” There’s apparently no word on why Bey ripped out her earpiece mid-song, either.