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Tag: President Obama (21-30 of 81)
There’s been a lot of big news today breaking online and in social media: Kate is having a baby, The Pope is on Twitter, Chris Brown is back on Twitter (Ugh), so naturally the President scheduled a Twitter Q&A to discuss it all.
Just kidding. His 2 p.m. live chat stuck entirely — with one exception — to fiscal cliff negotiations, primarily centered around his main point that without a deal being reached, the average middle-class family will have about $2000 less to spend or save next year. For those who think even a soundbite is too dense, check out his 140-character responses!
Sticking with the hashtag #My2k the President encouraged followers to ask him questions – which he then answered briefly before signing off each one with his standard ‘-bo’. For the conspiracy theorists among you, the White House also uploaded a photo of Obama’s hands typing out the answers (OR WERE THEY?!).
Unlike the President’s reddit Ask Me Anything chat a few months ago, the questions were handpicked by the White House and then were retweeted along with President Obama’s answers. You can check out a full play-by-play on The White House’s Twitter feed; check out some of the highlights below: READ FULL STORY
Have you ever been duped by an Onion article? I personally was convinced that Oprah Winfrey was going to donate her final studio audience to charity a few years back. It’s therefore not too surprising, but still extremely embarrassing, that The People’s Daily – the online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper — ran an article and 55-page photo spread yesterday in honor of The Onion‘s pick of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un as 2012′s “sexiest man alive.”
The photos include Jong-un squinting, waving, touring a facility with his wife, and engaged in other manly deeds. And the kicker? One of the pictorials shows the cherubic hunk on horseback (too bad he’s fully clothed). READ FULL STORY
Get it? It’s a commentary on… something. And an indication that 25 years later, outrage manufacturer Glenn Beck is still feeling salty about Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ.” Also: he’s very well-hydrated. Update: Beck’s artwork has been removed from eBay, where he was attempting to auction it off for $25,000; the website said in a letter that it does not allow the sale of bodily waste or references to bodily fluids in listings.
Okay, some background: On Tuesday, Beck got wind of a painting hanging in a community college’s art gallery that depicts President Obama crucified on the presidential seal, wearing a suit, a tie, and a crown of thorns. Though artist Michael D’Antuono originally made the image — called “Truth” — years ago, it hasn’t been displayed until now due to “public outrage,” in Fox News’s words.
On his radio program, Beck said that he actually believes D’Antuono has the right to make and exhibit “Truth,” even though he doesn’t see anything Jesus-like in Obama: “I think it’s offensive,” Beck explained, not at all self-righteously. “I don’t think it’s close to reality, but whatever floats your boat… That document [the Constitution's First Amendment] says I can’t stop him, and the spirit of that document is that I shouldn’t try.”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: I’m talking, of course, about the day before Thanksgiving, when the President has to take time out of his I’m sure incredibly busy schedule to officially pardon a turkey (I guess this makes it OK for the rest of America to eat a ton of them tomorrow?)
Anyway, the day can be counted on for a little last-minute holiday hilarity. Joined by first daughters Malia and Sasha, President Obama officially pardoned one Cobbler and Gobbler this afternoon. Sorry, Gobbler. Cobbler won a White House poll about which of the two would be the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, with 2,789 votes. Yes, that does mean that over 5,000 people actually had a preference that they voted on. And you thought election season was over weeks ago!
I have to wonder what people who aren’t Americans think of this weird tradition (it allegedly started with Abraham Lincoln’s son, and then became an official event in 1989). Although I suppose it’s not any stranger than everything else about Thanksgiving, what with the Pilgrims and the hurting of the Native Americans, and now the football and the relatives.
People reports that President Obama encouraged his daughters to pet the wild turkey before he pardoned it. Sasha went for it, but “Malia looked horrified and refused.”
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TMZ calls the 1,344-word pro-Romney missive Stacey Dash sent them earlier this week a “rant,” which isn’t totally fair. The letter is coherent, if rambling — and while Dash’s reasoning sometimes seems convoluted, she’s expressing thoughts that might be familiar to anyone who’s ever felt their political views shifting with age.
The actress apparently wrote most of her letter on Tuesday, 10 hours before the election’s results were revealed. She starts out by disclosing that she voted for Barack Obama in 2008:
I hadn’t known anything about him until he earned the Democratic nomination. He’s brilliant, understated, ethical, a great husband and father. President Obama will always be remembered as one of the greatest leaders this United States of America has ever known.
And the moderate Republican is still a fan of the president, praising him for achievements like “repairing the infrastructure of our highways, bridges and train rails” and the Claims Resettlement Act of 2010. The truth is, Dash doesn’t hate Obama — she just likes Romney better. “My vote for Romney isn’t a vote against Obama,” she writes, bolding her words for emphasis. “That’s not how full participants in the democratic process operate. We vote for candidates and we vote for issues.” READ FULL STORY
CNN definitely coordinated its “true blue state” shade with the exact color of Anderson Cooper’s icy hot eyes, right? RIGHT?
Who says EW.com’s Hidden Gems franchise needs to be limited to Dancing With the Stars coverage? Usually me, but I’m feeling democratic today. I’ll be compiling fun screenshots of election coverage throughout the night, so go ahead and send in the screen gems — noteworthy quirks that are not necessarily the main focus of the telecast — you notice yourselves. READ FULL STORY
Excited for New Girl tonight? Or Happy Endings? Or New Normal? Well, prepare to be disappointed – it’s wall-to-wall election coverage, of course, which means all the usual suspects won’t be on the major networks’ air.
While I could easily write a post about why you should watch the results pour in – pundits doing their pundit thing! CNN is lighting up the Empire State Building! (Really!), finding out the next president! — for those that would rather discover the big news via a quick tweet, I’ve got you covered. I scoured the television listings and if you’re as sick of Obama/Romney as this four-year-old, try one of these programs instead.
Sons of Anarchy and Covert Affairs will have new episodes tonight at 10 on FX and USA, respectively, and for the trashy reality fans, Lifetime will show Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition at 9 p.m. ET. For those that want to get their political history on, but in a less serious way, check out Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. on BBC America at 10 p.m. ET. The teams reportedly meet up in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown.
If you don’t mind the repeats, Bravo is running back-to-back Real Housewives episodes. It’s the Atlanta crew at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Beverly Hills at 9 p.m.. For more reruns, Full House is showing all night long on Nick and USA is rolling out Law and Order: SVU double header before the new Covert Affairs.
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So yes, avoiding OhioWatch 2012 will be difficult. In addition to all the main broadcast channels, Comedy Central will air Daily Show/Colbert live at 11 p.m. ET, hopefully with news to announce.
Beyond that, a DVD of the first season of Homeland or Downton Abbey was made for nights like this.
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Love politics, but hate having to wade through piles of boring text to get the information you crave? The Guardian has the solution: a virtual graphic novel that perfectly summarizes the 2012 presidential election.
This piece has everything — a timeline of events stretching back to the 2008 Republican primaries, cartoons that expertly convey Obama’s weariness, Romney’s determination, and Rick Santorum’s innate goofiness, and nifty little animations that are activated by a simple downward scroll. Perhaps the best part: “Texts from Hillary” makes an appearance. Really, just stop reading this and scroll through the whole thing.
Leave it to the American wing of a British company to come up with the coolest thing we’ve seen this election cycle. Is it too late to lobby for the U.S. to rejoin the U.K.?
It’s voting — with a Google twist.
The latest homepage icon for the search giant got a red, white and blue twist today in honor of the election. The colored paper ballots spell out “Google” as they are fed through a vote counter.
The best part? When you click on any part of the icon, it takes you to the search results for “Where Do I Vote” and you can enter your address and find out exactly where your polling place is. Great news for procrastinators the morning of the election — or those of us who just need a quick reminder. It also gives you all the information about whether you’re eligible, voter laws in various states, and registration requirements. It’s so easy!
What are you possibly waiting for (those of you that are U.S. citizens and 18 and older)? Remember: If you don’t vote, you can’t tweet about voting.
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