Why Did Obama Use 22 Pens to Sign the Health Care Bill?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 March, 2010 | permalink

After months of intense political debate, President Obama finally sat down in the White House East Room on March 23 and signed the $938 billion health care bill, but why did he use 22 pens to do it?

It would seem that either the President has an undiagnosed case of OCD or the White House needs better office supplies.

Actually, the President was just adhering to an obscure Washington tradition. The practice of using multiple pens to sign important legislation dates at least as far back as Franklin Roosevelt and is now one of our government’s frivolous little quirks, much like that oversize gavel Nancy Pelosi carried around the other day.

Time has more details in the link.

Link | Image: BROOKS KRAFT / CORBIS FOR TIME

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Whoops! Obama’s Talking

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 March, 2010 | permalink


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I hate it when I’m lost in a building and I accidently walk into a room I shouldn’t have. It’s usually followed by silence and a room full of people staring at you. Well that’s what this guy did – the only difference is he had 30 million people staring at him when he stumbled in on Obama’s healthcare speech.

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Glenn Beck: Obama’s Call For Volunteerism = “Communism”

Posted By Ben Goulding, 20 October, 2009 | permalink


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Here’s Glenn Beck slamming Obama for encouraging volunteerism – 10/19/09. Maybe this theory will get him some viewers, or maybe not. Not the best idea you’ve ever had, was it Glenn?

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‘Why Does Everyone Hate You?’ [Barack Obama]

Posted By Ben Goulding, 16 October, 2009 | permalink

Barack Obama’s gets asked a tough question at a town hall meeting in New Orleans on Thursday. Fourth-grader, Tyren Scott asked the President ‘Why does everyone hate you?’. Hear what he had to say.


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Michelle Obama’s Family Tree

Posted By Ben Goulding, 8 October, 2009 | permalink

barack-michelle-obamaThe NY Times have traced back Michelle Obama’s family tree to Melvinia (Michelle’s great-great-great-grandmother) – a slave girl valued at $475, who lived in rural Georgia.

Viewed by many as a powerful symbol of black advancement, Mrs. Obama grew up with only a vague sense of her ancestry, aides and relatives said. During the presidential campaign, the family learned about one paternal great-great-grandfather, a former slave from South Carolina, but the rest of Mrs. Obama’s roots were a mystery.

Now the more complete map of Mrs. Obama’s ancestors — including the slave mother, white father and their biracial son, Dolphus T. Shields — for the first time fully connects the first African-American first lady to the history of slavery, tracing their five-generation journey from bondage to a front-row seat to the presidency.

[Michelle Obama] is representative of how we have evolved and who we are,” said Edward Ball, a historian who discovered that he had black relatives, the descendants of his white slave-owning ancestors, when he researched his memoir, “Slaves in the Family.”

“We are not separate tribes of Latinos and whites and blacks in America,” Mr. Ball said. “We’ve all mingled, and we have done so for generations.”

Click the link for the full article.

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15 of the Most Iconic Newspaper Headlines Ever Printed

Posted By Ben Goulding, 6 October, 2009 | permalink

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A Newspaper headline can capture a story and the emotions of a nation in a matter of words. Here are 15 of the most iconic newspaper headlines in history. From the Kennedy assasiation and the Nixon Resignation to the 9/11 attacks and the sinking of the Titanic.

Relive some of the most significant events in recent history and experience how readers must have felt when they first heard the news. Headlines in the link.

Link (Thanks Andy!)

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Barack Obama’s Amazingly Consistent Smile

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 September, 2009 | permalink


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Barack Obama has a great smile – it’s wide, bright and welcoming, but have you noticed how unbelievably consistent it always is?

Ladies and gentlemen, your President is a robot. Or a wax sculpture. Maybe a cardboard cutout. All I know is no human being has a photo smile this amazingly consistent.

On Wednesday, the Obamas hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, during which they stood for 130 photographs with visiting foreign dignitaries in town for the UN meeting. The President has exactly the same smile in every single shot. See for yourself — the pictures are up on the State Department’s flickr. And, of course, compressed into 20 seconds for your viewing pleasure.

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Obama-Wan Kenobi

Posted By Ben Goulding, 17 September, 2009 | permalink

Obama-Wan Kenobi

“May healthcare reform be with you”.

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Kanye West’s Outburst For Beyonce At MTV Video Music Awards Already Parodied

Posted By Ben Goulding, 14 September, 2009 | permalink

Did you see it? Kanye West jumped onto the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards after Taylor Swift won Best Female Video and let the world know that he thought Beyonce made one of the best videos of all time…A-W-K-W-A-R-D!

His outburst has already been made into an Obama spoof. Check it out.


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So should Kanye have shown some restraint and respect to Taylor Swift, or was he within his rights to voice his opinions? Either way, it’s got him what he ultimately wanted – publicity.

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No Treats From Obama

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 August, 2009 | permalink


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Opie is extremely picky about who he takes his treats from. Perhaps he’s not a great fan of the stimulus and healthcare plans…

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White House Bans Twitter

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 July, 2009 | permalink

The White house has banned access to Twitter on it’s computers. White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs casually mentioned to CNN that Twitter is blocked, saying that people already know enough about what he’s doing.


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While Barack Obama twitters on two accounts, @WhiteHouse and @barackobama, Gibbs clearly doesn’t understand the power of the micro-blogging tool.

Talking of Twitter, you can follow us @pigjockey.

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Obama Throws His First Pitch

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 July, 2009 | permalink

Staying with tradition, Barack Obama threw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

He received a surprising amount of boos from the sellout crowd as he jogged onto the field wearing his Chicago White Sox jacket, which he said was influenced by his wife’s opinion that it makes him “look cute.”

His left handed toss was low, but Albert Pujols managed to scoop it up before it reached the dirt.

“This is as much fun as I’ve had in quite some time,” Obama said.

Here’s the video, just in case you didn’t see it.

Well done sir!

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