Barack Obama Makes Us Long For the Days of Intelligent Presidents During First Appearance Since Election
After a well-deserved vacation (and a horrific election), President Obama spoke at the University of Chicago earlier today in his first speaking engagement since leaving office ( and first three months of the new regime), expressing his desire to prioritize encouraging youth to become engaged in their civic duties, and not mentioning the current President's name once.Read More
Donald Trump Calling Chelsea Manning an “Ungrateful Traitor” Proves He Doesn’t Really Get What We Want to Change
This morning, following a Fox News report, Trump tweeted about Chelsea Manning, calling her an "ungrateful traitor who should never have been released from prison."Read More
Things We Saw Today: Throwback to When Denzel Washington Showed Up Super Early to Obama’s Inauguration
President Obama's inaugurations were very widely and excitedly attended by his supporters. Trump's inauguration today? Not so much. Anyway, remember that time when Denzel Washington showed up super early to Obama's inauguration in 2009?Read More
The Obama Foundation is "an ongoing project for us to shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century." Which sounds like something we all need right now.Read More
President Obama’s Last Press Conference Opened With a Pointed Emphasis on the Importance of a Free Press
I wonder who he was talking to.
"You are not supposed to be sycophants, you're supposed to be skeptics. You're supposed to ask me tough questions. You're not supposed to be complimentary, but you're supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power."Read More
Too many feelings!
Obama joked that "this also gives the Internet one last chance to talk about our 'bromance.'" And clearly, we weren't going to disappoint him.Read More
It's really not that hard.Read More
One last time.
As we prepare ourselves to see the Obama administration leave office, let's watch the White House performance of the heartbreaking "One Last Time," in which George Washington asks Hamilton for his help in stepping down and saying goodbye.Read More
Listen, even before we knew that the country would be taken over by Literal Nazis (aka the "alt-right") and a sentient orange soda-soaked cotton ball wad of hatred, we knew that these last four years would be President Obama's last term in the White House.Read More
New Blade Runner 2049 photos have arrived and Harrison Ford does not look like he's here for any of it.Read More
Obama Maintains Geek Cred While Talking Star Trek, Despite Not Knowing How Many Original Series Eps There Are
I love our geek President so, so much. Glimmers of his love for Star Trek have popped up throughout his administration. This time, WIRED Magazine asks President Obama about why he thinks Star Trek has endured, and he answers in the video after the jump.Read More
Go ahead and take a look at this mashup between Luke Cage and Family Matters and marvel at just how well these two diametrically opposed titles blend together so well.Read More
It's a tale as old as time: female co-worker speaks in a meeting and is either ignored or dismissed. Male co-worker proceeds to say the same thing and is showered with praise while the woman looks into the camera like she's on The Office.Read More
The Verge's James Vincent found the most perfect slapstick GIF in the world, and performed an admirable job breaking it down and analyzing it.Read More
Now THIS is fine.
You're probably already familiar with the "This is Fine" comic/meme, in which a dog sits in a house that is literally burning down around him. It's become something of an unofficial metaphor for this here 2016 so far even though it originated back in 2013, and now the artist behind the comic, KC Green, has created a Kickstarter where you can get your very own This is Fine dog plush toy.Read More
I've always admired President Barack Obama for the way he talks about gender, not only in relation to policies and activism, but for the simple act of effortlessly going back and forth between gendered pronouns, often within the same story or sentence; whether it's in a pre-written speech, or an impromptu answer to a question. It's clear that when he thinks of abstract, hypothetical examples to illustrate his points, he just as easily imagines women in his head as men.Read More
This extends to "top members of the administration — including the president, the vice president, their wives and members of the Cabinet", according to the White House.
In a recent statement from White House officials made to the Washington Post, certain "top members of the [Obama] administration--including the president, the vice president, their wives and members of the Cabinet"—will no longer visit college campuses that are found to be ineffectually handling sexual assault allegations from their students, faculty and staff.Read More
The Obama administration is issuing a directive to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity.Read More
The Obamas Celebrated Star Wars Day by Raising the Roof With Stormtroopers
On May 4th, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama showed off their moves at the White House, dancing with some stormtroopers and R2-D2 to the tunes of Bruno Mars (I’m too Hoth/Hoth damn!). Obama’s choice to raise the roof could have been a diplomatic disaster considering the recent destruction of Starkiller base—for many stormtroopers, […]Read More
Stonewall Inn Set to Be First LGBTQIA National Monument
President Barack Obama is preparing to approve a proposal that would make New York's Stonewall Inn the first national monument to be honored for its role in the gay liberation movement.Read More