A recent great pull
from White House
photographer Pete Souza shows Bush and Obama seeming to not just tolerate but actually enjoy each other's company. This is nothing new, however. Not only have Presidents always still been just as human as anyone else,
but they occasionally cross the aisle to have close relationships
that can be not only shocking, but endearing - including Barbara Bush referring to Bill Clinton as their "adopted son." Ridiculous
conspiracy theories abound, but a simpler explanation may serve: that even the most partisan of politicans have more in common with each other than they would like us to believe - a common background
, and often, common professions
posted by corb
on Dec 12, 2013 -
Clinton with an Uzi?...check
Reagan on a velociraptor?...check
TR taking out Big Foot?...check
Hey, what about Abe Lincoln, riding a grizzly bear and packing an M-16?
No?!?! What kind of place is this? Oh, wait, here it is
And many more
, but for my money, nothing beats Abe on the bear. (Sort of single link Deviant Art)
posted by hwestiii
on Nov 30, 2013 -
Let’s say you’re a writer, working a novel set in Minneapolis. Your protagonist arrives home after a long day of doing whatever it is your protagonist does all day. To this point, you’ve been very specific with local landmarks and a general feeling of the city — your protagonist rides the 21A, eats breakfast at the Grand Cafe, and meets his or her attorney in an office on the 12th floor of the Rand Tower. All good so far. You’ve set the scene very effectively. People are going to say, “This is a great Minneapolis novel" after they read it. However, the time has now come for you to insert a specific street address into the text. You like specifics, and you need a real-sounding mailing address for, say, a situation where the protagonist receives a mysterious letter. How will you accomplish this? Here you have a problem. You only have two options, neither one very good
. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew
on Jul 31, 2013 -
The aging of Obama.
"Photos of Barack Obama on Election Night 2008 look like they were taken much longer ago. Now his face has deeper creases and crow’s feet, while his hair has turned white." Maybe damaged cell tips
are to blame.
posted by Xurando
on Jan 17, 2013 -
There was a rivalry between the parties, of course, but in Potter's account, it was more like the rivalry between Cal and Stanford than that between today's Republicans and Democrats. The parties had somewhat different constituencies and pledged fealty to a different set of men, but each attempted to encompass as much of the political spectrum as possible rather than merely half of it. The story of the 1850s, by these lights, is about how this changed.
With reference to David M. Potter's The Impending Crisis
, Adam Cadre surveys the four antebellum presidents. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Oct 22, 2009 -
"What it feels like to be at the stove creating dishes for some of the most powerful people on earth." Club
de Chefs des Chefs
is the elite fraternity
of chefs to world leaders
- including those who head the private kitchens
of the United States President
, Prince of Monaco
, Queen of England, European Commission, the Kremlin
, President of France
, Chancellor of Germany and Great Hall of Beijing. Barely 30 members strong, the club meets this week in Italy
, for the Club's annual gala dinner and food tour. Lisa Mullins of NPR's The World
interviewed a few of them by phone from Rome today
(Mark Flanagan of Buckingham Palace refused to reveal the Queen's favorite dish... a kitchen policy, lest she be served it at every public event ever after). Past gatherings have happened in France
, Monaco; and the 2010 meeting takes place in Hong Kong. They wouldn't have you as a member... but don't let that stop your culinary envy.
posted by pineapple
on Jul 21, 2009 -
Re Your Brains
is the music video to a great song (a memo between two businessmen, detailing the fact that one of them is now a zombie and intends to eat the other one's brains) by the much mefi'd Jonathan Coulton
; apparently inspired by his "Flickr: the Video
", fans are making DIY videos for several of his songs over at the JoCoPro
(Jonathan Coulton Project). Two of my favorite non-zombie related ones are The Presidents
, a mnemonic for memorizing every U.S. President in order & at least one fact about each, and Code Monkey
, detailing the warm secret heart of a Frito loving coder.
posted by jonson
on Sep 11, 2006 -
McKinley Assassination Ink:
"The goal [...]: to gather the largest possible selection of full-text primary source documents relating to the assassination of William McKinley and the immediate aftermath of that event, including the succession of Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency and the incarceration, trial, and execution of [anarchist] assassin Leon Czolgosz."
posted by OmieWise
on Aug 18, 2006 -
John Adams is back.
In a surprising twist that should amaze pundits, today's prominent politicians
turn out to be reincarnations of guys from the Continental Congress. Meanwhile, in an unrelated development, 36 dead presidents
are sending messages from beyond the grave. As Bill Clinton said, "Thank you for the engraved copy...It looks fascinating!”
posted by inksyndicate
on Apr 20, 2005 -
All The President's Hair
- Think you might know a thing or three about US Presidents? (Alternately, have five minutes to kill?) Then try identifying some of them by their hair! Be sure to give it a few tries as there are more presidents than hairdos-to-guess per game.
posted by DyRE
on Feb 16, 2005 -
"The President wants me to argue that he is as powerful a monarch as Louis XIV, only four years at a time, and is not subject to the processes of any court in the land except the court of impeachment." - James D. St. Clair, arguing before the Supreme Court in 1974.
The court didn't agree
, returning an 8-0 decision and as a result, thirty years ago today Richard Nixon announced his resignation
. The next day at 11:35AM
it became official and Gerald Ford
, the first unelected Vice-President in history was sworn in under the provisions of the 25th Amendment
to the Constitution as the 38th President of the United States.
But what if Nixon had chosen to respond differently? What if he had vowed not to resign
? Article II
of the Constitution makes the President the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy. Could the Supreme Court really have forced Nixon to comply with their order? What if the President had viewed the Court's order as an attempted coup d'etat
posted by snarfodox
on Aug 8, 2004 -
major ongoing scandals - a list "there have been an amazing number of investigations of Republicans since Bush took office, some of which directly involve the White House."
Is this, in fact, an unusually long roster of scandals as compared to the scandal tallies of past presidential administrations?
posted by troutfishing
on Mar 23, 2004 -