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President Obama

  1. President Otakubama Thanks Japan for Anime and Manga

    What about sushi?

    Japan's Prime Minster, Shinzo Abe, visited the White House this week to discuss trade within the Pacific Rim (the geography, not the movie). While it was, for the most part, a business visit, it was also a good chance for Obama to thank Abe for Japanese cultural imports.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: A Neopets Cosplay That Will Take You Way Back

    This Neopets cosplay from AF is bringing me way back. From left to right: the Tooth Faerie, Taelia, the Air Faerie, the Soup Faerie, Illusen, and the Grey Faerie.

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  3. Holy Cow, Watch President Obama Talk About Science With Supergirl 6-Year-Olds

    Little girls slayin'

    Please join with me in the joy that is this video. Just look at all those six-year-old girls in superhero capes at the White House science fare, half-ignoring the president as they talk tech.

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  4. President Obama Professes His Love for Comics Via Email, Asks for Supporters’ “Origin Stories”

    Barack Obama, president of DGAF.

    I love me some laid-back, no-more-campaigns-to-run, do-whatever-I-please, last-two-years-in-office president Barack Obama. Not that the president's love for comics was ever a better kept secret than Superman's real identity, but he'll pretty much say anything these days, which has resulted in a recent mass email involving Spider-Man, Conan, and a direct comparison between his supporters and superheroes.

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  5. Obama Hung With Supergirl Scouts at This Year’s White House Science Fair

    Everything's coming up Supergirl.

    Look at that tiny Supergirl's face, America! We can never do anything to disappoint her, ever!

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  6. TIME Names Anita Sarkeesian, Beyonce, J.K. Rowling and Other BAMFs the “30 Most Influential People on the Internet”

    A series of important tubes.

    TIME may not be down with Internet slang, but it did recently acknowledge a diverse and international group of people that are changing our world online and IRL as part of its "30 Most Influential People on the Internet" list.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: A Sexy Jeff Goldblum to Wear All Over Your Body

    Just remember, don't wear it on the most important day of your professional life. Unless you're the President of the Jeff Goldblum Fan Club. They'd you'd probably be ok.

    The description of this shirt on Clashist is "Because Jeff Goldblum is very sexy." Fair enough?

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  8. Last Night the Grammys Reached Out To Victims of Domestic Violence

    #ItsOnUs

    We know that the Grammys are not usually a nerd hotspot of viewing, but the dedicated segment on domestic violence, which gave abuse survivor Brooke Axtell a national stage for a stirring speech about her experiences, is definitely up our alley.

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  9. Why Pikachu Should Be President: A 10-Year-Old’s Very Important Essay

    "Super effective."

    [Editor's Note: The following was an essay written by Georgia Roberson, the daughter of Chris Roberson (iZombie) and his business partner/wife Allison Baker. It was originally posted on Roberson's tumblr and is republished here with permission. We think you're really, really going to love it.]

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  10. UK and US to Stage “Cyber Attack War Games,” Matthew Broderick & Ally Sheedy’s Involvement Unknown

    Joshua, is that you?

    Not all cyber attacks involve hilariously bad infographics, Spider-Man crossover rumors, and institutionalized misogyny. For attacks that might damage more than just a movie studio's reputation, the United States and United Kingdom will work together to train cyber operatives in "cyber attack war games." I guess no one told them the only winning move is not to play.

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  11. BREAKING: President Obama Reveals Plan to Get U.S. Cities Faster, Affordable Internet

    The White House has just posted a video from President Barack Obama in advance of his State of the Union address in which he says he's going to get to work on getting everyone better internet. If there was ever a better time for "THANKS, OBAMA!" I haven't seen it.

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  12. Obama Broke Presidential Decree, Wore a Tiara to Hang With Girl Scouts at White House Science Fair

    Happy is the head that wears the crown.

    This year's Fair placed a particular emphasis on women in STEM, so it's gratifying to imagine what an inspiring experience attending must have been for members of the Troop, and exciting that Obama (who showed his support of girls in science at a Marine Corps event earlier this month) agreed to pose for the picture--especially since he's refused similar requests in the past.

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  13. Obama Supports Girls in Science, Refuses to Gender Toys At Annual Christmas Event

    It's a White House miracle!

    This December marked the first time that President Obama participated in the Marine’s Toys for Tots program by helping the First Lady divide donated gifts into "girl" and "boy" bins. But the President, who first declared “I’m the big elf [...] I’m like Will Ferrell," surprised some of the crowd with his refusal to gender sports equipment, video games, and LEGO.

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  14. Things We Saw Today: Agent Carter Doing Her Best Carmen Sandiego

    So classy.

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  15. A Series of Unfortunate Events: Daniel Handler Makes Racist Jokes At Expense Of African-American Authors

    Last night Jacqueline Woodson was awarded the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Brown Girl Dreaming, her book of poetry about growing up as an African-American woman during the '60s and '70s. Upon accepting the award, Woodson thanked the audience of authors for "changing the world," a statement to which ceremony host Daniel Handler (better known by his pseudonym of Lemony Snicket) chose to respond with a "joke" about watermelon.

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  16. President Obama Just Advocated the Best Net Neutrality Solution, So Get on It, FCC

    Or: How the President Saved Christmas the Internet.

    As President Obama has pointed out, this one is entirely on your shoulders, FCC. We don't want another set of half-assed rules that can just get struck down in court. We want you to go back to the plan that would actually work to keep the Internet free and open, and that plan is reclassifying Internet service as a utility.

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  17. The Queen of England Sent Her First Tweet, Let’s Commemorate With 9 First Tweets of World Leaders

    We'll be eagerly awaiting her first Vine.

    The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, sent her first tweet! She took off a glove to do it. I wonder if she then used it to smack the iPad and challenge it to a duel?

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  18. There’s A Little Bit Of Faceplanting Oval Office Kid In All Of Us

    BIDEN! STOP THAT!

    Today has been pretty boring for the non-tech crowd, but White House kid is here to restore our faith in trivial news (and America). On June 23rd, the well-dressed boy pictured above visited the Oval Office to watch Obama thank his father for years in the Secret Service and proceeded to Paul Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer-himself all over the joint.

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  19. Obama Will Release Executive Order About Gender Identity Discrimination

    Holy crap.

    During a reception for Pride Month, President Barack Obama announced today that the White House is currently preparing an executive order that bans job discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. Unfortunately it only affects employees who are hired by federal contractors, but this is certainly a radical first step that might positively affect a lot of marginalized people

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  20. Things We Saw Today: Davos From Game of Thrones Being A Boss At The World Cup

    What is he pointing at? Could he have extra swagger hidden under the stands?

    A sharp-eyed Reddit user spotted actor Liam Cunningham, aka the Onion Knight and Lord of the Rainwood, striking a dashing pose in São Paulo for the World Cup. It's the perfect sport for him -- no fingers required! (via Uproxx)

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