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President Obama Will Introduce Tonight’s Premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Carl Sagan is one of my personal heroes. His writings have influenced me greatly, and his iconic series Cosmos remains an important touchstone for me. However, like the universe, our scientific knowledge has expanded, and special effects have become fancier as well. While I’ll always love the old series, I’m very glad we’re getting a new Cosmos for younger generations. Okay, “glad” is an understatement. I have snacks. My nebula-print t-shirt is clean. I am so ready for this.

Apparently, some folks with much more sway than I have been preparing for tonight’s debut as well. Folks like, say, the President of the United States.

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Excelsior!

Mr. President, Are You Building An Iron Man Suit: “Not Really. Maybe. It’s Classified.”

You might have seen the headline that President Obama made an Iron Man joke recently, but it’s not just the initial joke, it’s how he follows through with the delivery that really makes it amusing. And who needs Iron Man suits, anyway, when you have deadly, terrifying model planes.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Seid Ihr Das Essen? Nein, Wir Sind Die Grover!

Attack on Titan/Sesame Street mashup art by Olipop, via Neatorama.

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Firsts

In Which President Obama Name-Checked Mad Men While Talking About Equal Pay For U.S. Women

Last night’s State of the Union was very much like the Academy Awards. People were honored, people were bored, camera operators got a workout trying to find the right people in the audience. Just swap the political and pop-culture references (one or two political mentions at the Oscars vs. one or two pop-culture items at SOTU). Check out this relevant clip from President Obama’s SOTU last night then hit the jump to look at a depressing image of how many Congressmen stood up for this part of the speech.

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Firsts

U.S. Navy Names First Female 4-Star Admiral, May Serve as Navy’s Second Ranking Officer

This Friday President Obama nominated Vice Admiral Michelle Howard for her fourth star, meaning that, pending Senate approval, she will become the first female full admiral in US Navy history.

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Who Had A Better Time Yesterday? Batkid Or Everyone Watching Batkid?

Yesterday, the world watched as one boy got the experience of a lifetime – 5-year-old Miles was Batman for a day. See how an entire city made his dream a reality and watch as even the cast of The CW’s Arrow and the President of the United States got involved. 

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: In a Bad Spot? Try Praying to Saint Jareth

This Jareth/David Bowie prayer candle is by Etsy seller Greaser Creatures, who’s also sanctified Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Elvira, and more.

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May The Force Be With You

President Obama Awards Joan Didion, George Lucas, and More With Medal Of Arts And Humanities

At a ceremony on Wednesday, President Obama awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities not only to Star Wars creator George Lucas, but also to a slew of incredible women such as Joan Didion, Anna Deavere Smith, and Elaine May.

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We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

Sally Ride Honored With the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor the United States can award, created to recognize “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” In a ceremony yesterday, President Obama announced that he will be posthumously awarding the Medal to Sally Ride, the third woman, and first American woman, in space.

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President Obama Confuses Star Trek & Star Wars, is a Fake Geek Girl

We’ve previously confirmed the United States has the geekiest administration in history but earlier today we found out we might have been duped! President Barack Obama is not a “real” geek as we assumed but a horrifying Fake Geek Girl!! While speaking on his sequester plan, the President was asked why he can’t force Republicans and Democrats to cooperate by locking them all in a room together. He replied, “The fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi Mind Meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.” Big mistake, Mr. President. But the White House was quick to respond with the above image tweeted from their official Twitter account and www.WH.gov/JediMindMeld smartly redirects to “What You Need To Know About The Sequester.”

(via Geekosystem)

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