Barack Obama has ushered in a whole new level of cool to the presidency, making appearances on late night chat shows, giving well-humoured speeches and basically just being completely accessible in a way this country hasn’t ever seen in a leader. While I’m sort of torn on how I feel about that in a philosophical way – should the leader of the free world lower himself to doing comedy bits? – on surface level, I find him completely charming and endearing and a lot of fun.
That being said, his appearance on Zach Galifianakis‘ Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns is hilarious… mostly. Some of the Healthcare.gov plugging falls a bit flat, but the deadpan delivery on both Obama’s and Zach’s part are great. I love the cracks (which are made by pretty much every guest) about Zach being “fat” (because uh… he’s not, at least not anymore) and loving to eat, I love the jokes about how awful The Hangover 3 was, etc. Solid.
Generally, I just like that Obama wants to engage the younger generation in ways that other politicians haven’t. Sure, I’m aware that he is indeed a politician with an agenda to push, but I also think he’s more earnest than some who have come before and I’m a fan of a lot of – but certainly not all – of what he’s doing.
March 13, 2014 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
If you’re one of millions of young Americans w/out health insurance, you can get affordable coverage starting Oct. 1 http://OFA.BO/Healthcare
Damn, for better or worse, we’ve come a long way since the Reagan years. Never thought I’d see a President use social media so brilliantly.
Katy performed “Roar” last night at the show, right under the Brooklyn Bridge. I was underwhelmed, but I still love her dearly.
(Above photo is of Katy, her grandmother, and Obama, from 2012.)
August 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Amanda Bynes is really grasping at straws here. Or tweets. Her latest “You’re ugly” twitter attack is none other than the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first lady, Michelle Obama. Because why not just go for it, right? Sometimes the FBI or Homeland Security or I don’t know who the f-ck does this, but sometimes seemingly harmless negative tweets about the President get investigated and the tweeters get a lovely surprise visit from the “We want so badly to arrest your ass, we’ll take anything as an attack on the President” police. I kind of hope that’s what happens here. Yeah, she didn’t go as far as this random-ass actress and send anthrax-laced letters to the Pres, but I hope Bynes is investigated and maybe even a little bit arrested. That would be really fun. And hilarious. And I’m getting sick of her “You’re ugly!” tweets. Grow the f-ck up, Amanda.
Here’s the tweet:
I will say that I’m really liking her description on her twitter account, which reads simply, “Your Wife”.
My guess is Bynes is still holding a grudge that Obama didn’t didn’t fire the cop who arrested her in her drunk driving case.
July 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Courteney Cox once had a television show called Dirt, about the darker side of celebrity and the entertainment industry. Anyone remember that show? I thought it was pretty good. And this story sounds like it could be a plot on Dirt.
So here’s the story. Shannon Rogers Guess (AKA “Shannon Guess” AKA “Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson” AKA “Shannon Richardson” — Jesus Christ, wtf is this, you can only register with SAG under one name) is a film and television actress, in the sense that she’s basically a glorified extra. She’s appeared on such TV shows as The Walking Dead, playing the role of “zombie” and The Vampire Diaries as “student.” Clearly she didn’t have a speaking role on Walking Dead (zombies don’t talk) so I don’t know how she managed to get these credits on IMDB, as they’re pretty strict about their guidelines. There was this incident where some dude listed his name as a recurring character that didn’t exist on How I Met Your Mother, and he got away with it for a long time until they banned him.
ANYWAY. This Shannon Guess/Other Names Here person was arrested for sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, after trying to blame her husband for it. NY Daily News provides more info on the bizarre story:
The red-haired Texas actress who last week told FBI agents her husband was behind the ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg was arrested Friday for allegedly sending the letters herself.
Rogers Guess, a mother of five children from previous relationships, was charged Friday with mailing threatening communications. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
Last Friday, authorities hauled away Rogers Guess’ husband, Army veteran Nathan Richardson, for questioning when she told them she found a suspicious substance in the refrigerator of their New Boston, Texas, home.
The couple, reportedly expecting their first child in October, had been in the process of getting a divorce, which may have been a factor in Rogers Guess’ initial accusation against her husband.
John Delk, a lawyer for Nathan Richardson, told The Associated Press Thursday that Richardson may have been set up by his wife, in retribution for the pending split.
“There are a lot of factors I’m aware of that indicate (Nathaniel Richardson) was set up in this deal by her,” Delk said.
And it just gets weirder, here’s some of what was in one letter:
You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional, God-given right and I will exercise that right til the day I die. What’s in the letter is nothing compared to what we got planned for you.
Guess that’s one way to get publicity. Her IMDB profile is really entertaining me. She lists her age range as 18 – 30 (like, what? That’s an effing huge age range) and she has her yahoo email address up there too.
June 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America, is alledgedly jealous of actress and Obama appointed board member of the Creative Coaltion League and Artists Committee for Americans for the Arts, Kerry Washington. I totally forgot that Kerry Washington was involved in government programs but that still gives no plausibility to this story. And here is the alledged story: Ms. Washington is lobbying (see what I did there?) to play Michelle Obama in a film, which pisses off Michelle O, because she thinks that Washington is trying to seduce her husband, President Barack Obama. Here’s my favorite quote from a source,
Michelle was furious when she found out Kerry had been invited to the inauguration, and ripped into Barack, telling him, ‘Stay away from that woman!’ Her jealous rage put a damper on the inauguration festivities, but at least the meltdown took place behind closed doors.
Oh and this is great, they’re also saying that Michelle Obama got her haircut, complete with bangs, in order to get Barack’s attention. Because of course a woman can’t change her appearance just for herself, it has to be for a man.
In May of 2012, a biography of The Obamas titled, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, claimed that in 2000 Michelle wanted to divorce President Obama. Can we somehow blame Kerry Washington on that, too? Maybe if we try really, really hard.
I feel like someone’s trying to make an updated Jackie Kennedy Vs. Marilyn Monroe feud but it’s not going to happen. Stop trying to make it happen.
February 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Look, it’s the President partying with a bunch of well-heeled, attractive people at the White House! If you check out the photos, which I recommend you do, obviously, you’ll see people like Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, John Mayer (jury’s still out on the whole well-heeled and attractive part for him), and Katy Perry. Not to mention, a few candid cameos by Michelle Obama, who is looking flawless in those bangs.