The President turns 52 on Sunday, and the White House has compiled 52 photos to celebrate (slideshow
). There's a good combination of serious, familial, and funny. My favourite: Obama and gymnast McKayla Maroney not being impressed
Obama, DC Press Corps Locked In Mutual Loathing Pact
. Mike Allen, of Politico
, in his article Obama, The Puppet Master
, said that Obama " has shut down interviews with many of the White House reporters who know the most and ask the toughest questions." John Cook (Gawker
) replies: I will now tweet every question Politico's Mike Allen asked President George W. Bush during a May 2008 interview"
) [more inside]
US citizens petitioned
the White House to "secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" (previously
The White House (or, more specifically, Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget) responded
After much online fervor
, and FOIA requests
, the White House has released the recipe
for its home-brewed honey ale and honey porter.
One of only two American players on the 2010/2011 Boston Bruins team, goaltender Tim Thomas skipped a White House event to honor the team's Stanley Cup championship victory for political reasons
have been numerous
The Obama White House formally speaks out against SOPA, PIPA.
The Obama White House has come out against
the Stop Online Piracy Act. The move has -- unsurprisingly -- drawn responses from the MPAA, RIAA, and other interested parties.
Photography editors and designers comment
on the famous Situation Room photograph
. [more inside]
Last year, the unofficial Dean of the White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas,
spoke about the State of Israel on camera. (Previously)
: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,"
and that the Jews "can go home"
to "Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else,"
sparked media outrage,
prompted her to issue an apology and retire
. After months of being out of the the public spotlight, she has now given her first long-form interview, which will appear in the April issue of Playboy Magazine
. In it, she explains what she meant, tells us how she would like to be remembered and expands upon her positions regarding Israel, Jewish political influence, Presidents Bush and Obama, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Sunshine Foundation
, a non-profit group dedicated to government transparency & accountability, has obtained Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's emails
from her time in the Clinton White House & made them available in a handy web application. Browse, read, search & mark those you find interesting for others to read.
The White House receives over 60,000 letters to the President every day. A new video from the White House
briefly shows the process of selecting the ten of them that the President reads, three or four of which he writes responses to, every day.
It's on Facebook.
It's also on MySpace.
It even has a Twitter page.
The White House is in the 21st century.
After one hundred days, the wait is over: Pete Souza's Gargantuan Presidential High-Definition Executive Flickrdump
. Warning: If you put it on fullscreen you won't get anything else done for a while.
Open For Questions.
Metafilter's Own™ box
"skim the White House's Open For Questions
, posting the best and brightest queries the American public can manage." [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
President Barack Obama
The text of the Inaugural speech will be posted after it's completed. Change.gov is closing up shop; Change has come to Whitehouse.gov.
NYT: "The White House has turned down a request from the family of President-elect Barack Obama to move into Blair House in early January so that his daughters can start school on Jan. 5.
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