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"... Mitt Romney be elected the 11th legitimate President." Meaning?

In the 7th season 4th Ep of 30 Rock, Jack Donaghey states, "...we have to spend all of our money to help Mitt Romney become the 11th legitimate President of the United States." I paraphrased a bit, because there was a joke in there about fabulous hair, and another about women in politics, but the overall meaning of the joke about "11th legitimate President," escapes me. This happened during the 2012 election cycle. Please clarify. Thanks.
posted by jbenben on Mar 28, 2014 - 8 answers

 

Who was the guy who walked in on Obama during the "Osama" speech?

He walked in on Obama during the speech about Osama... Anyone special? Just some dude? Seen here...
posted by modbom on Mar 27, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me find this movie

Hi all, My uncle is in hospital following a road accident, and he has been thinking a lot about this movie (pretty certain it's a movie) in a morphine haze. Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by welovelife on Jan 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Yo Vlad wassup it's Barry. Hit me on the hip.

How do presidents call other presidents? With last week's phone call between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, it got me wondering how do heads of state call other heads of state? I imagine that one executive suite's switchboard calls the other's, but what's the diplomatic protocol for who picks up the phone first? Do they have super-secret phone numbers, or even phone numbers in the way we think of them? Are the calls private, or are is there an entire entourage listening in? Do they just hang up when they're finished, or is their an entire protocol for ending the conversation? What are some of the other "hidden" aspects of executive diplomatic communication and behind-the-scenes goings-on are there that the rest of us commoners never see?
posted by slogger on Oct 1, 2013 - 5 answers

This is not a drill, I repeat, this is NOT a drill.

What's on TV while the atomic bombs are in flight? [more inside]
posted by sexyrobot on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Soda water bottle, have a banana?

In the curious 1975 comedy Linda Lovelace For President, there's a scene in which, faced with the bankruptcy of her campaign, Lovelace starts inexplicably chanting the phrase "Soda water bottle, have a banana." This is picked up on by members of her marching band, and then becomes a series of calls and responses. The scene, completely safe for work, can be seen here. What on earth is this a reference to?
posted by eschatfische on Aug 13, 2013 - 7 answers

What are example of no confidence votes by college students?

What are examples of college students holding a vote of no confidence for their college president? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Barack Obama Dance Party! Jan 21st, Washington DC!

I'm going to the Presidential Inauguration this month, in Washington DC, and I'd like to solicit tips and tricks to make the day go smooth for me. The last time I was in DC was 8 years ago, and it was for a day trip. What to do? What to avoid? What is security going to be like, will they have food and drink for sale, etc. If you went in 2009, what was it like? How did you survive the day? Also, I have written both of my Senators for tickets, and have heard nothing back from them, so I'm going under the assumption that I didn't get any. Thus, I will probably be watching the ceremony on the National Mall. If I end up here, where's the best place to stand? I'm flying in from Seattle for this, I'm not missing it! [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Jan 10, 2013 - 24 answers

It shouldn't be this hard when Toronto is barely 100 miles from Buffalo, OK?

I want to change the world. Or at least make it easier/faster/cheaper to send my niece and nephew, currently living less than 500 miles from where I live, a flipping Christmas package. Who should I bother to help get this done? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Dec 19, 2012 - 21 answers

Dear Mr President, Am I Free to Say Your Name?

Protocol demands the proper way to directly address the US President is as "Mr President." Has anyone (not related) to the current or former US President ever publicly addressed them by his first or last name directly to his face? What happened? If this hasn't happened, what would be the consequences of doing so?
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Tell me about a fictional peoples.

Does there exist a demographic of humans currently living in the United States of America that are "on the fence" about who they will be voting for in the upcoming 2012 presidential elections? Additionally, I'd like some sort of description of these people. [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad on Aug 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Recent Innovations in Political Campaigns?

What are some recent innovations in political campaigns? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Jul 25, 2012 - 8 answers

If Romney wins, can he kill PPACA?

Can someone explain to me how November's Presidential Election in the USA would impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jun 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Jobs for an Ex-President?

Assume that Barack Obama will not win a second term. What, effectively, will he do with the rest of his life? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Apr 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Slow Jam the Secret Service method for me.

Can the president of the U.S. make a truly surprise appearance? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Apr 26, 2012 - 21 answers

Alabama primary: Gingrich or Santorum?

To help Obama win, do I vote for Santorum or Gingrich? I'm an anarchist/socialist living in Alabama, where crossover voting is permitted. I'm looking for sound logic and effective strategy. [more inside]
posted by Clay201 on Mar 12, 2012 - 27 answers

What was that old computer game where you're the President of the USA in the not-too-distant future?

Please help me remember an old computer game. It was a lighthearted kids' adventure/puzzle game. It takes place in the far future and you are the president or possibly the president's advisor. (It wasn't Shadow President). Puzzles involved dolphins, martians and robots. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Just for Funsies ...

Let's say the Congress and the President are unable to reach a deal on raising the debt limit by August 4th. And let's just say, among the things that happen is that buyers of U.S. Treasury notes, bonds, Tbills, etc. on the August 15th Treasury sale demand a much higher interest rate to compensate for the fact that the "full faith and credit of the U.S." has been tarnished. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Peter Ustinov Impersonation of Ronald Reagan

Several years ago on TV, I saw Peter Ustinov do an impression of Ronald Reagan. If I remember right, Mr. Ustinov was seated at a table or desk and was being interviewed. I have searched and searched but with no luck. Is anyone familiar with this or know where I can find it?
posted by millerizer on Jun 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Which Eastern Europe Prexy at Cal vs. Stanford Big Game Last Saturday?

The president of an Eastern European country supposedly visited the Cal vs. Stanford football game in Berkeley last Saturday (Nov. 20). Google returns bupkis. Does anyone know who he was?
posted by doncoyote on Nov 22, 2010 - 2 answers

What has your president done for you lately?

May I have a list of President Obama's achievements since he came into office? [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Sep 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Biography on William Henry Harrison?

Can anyone recommend a good biography of United States president William Henry Harrison? [more inside]
posted by GatorFan2000 on Apr 15, 2010 - 6 answers

What are the longest individual presidential time limits in the world?

What are the longest individual presidential term limits in the world? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra on Mar 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Presidential Photo Use for a Book Allowed? Parody Exception? for-Profit UNexception?

Using photo of the President for a "for profit" parody enterprise? Guide me, MeFi! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Natural leadership

I've noticed that some people have what I'm going to call "natural leadership"--that is, even if they're put into a situation where everyone is formally equal, they're the ones everyone looks to. I've been in countless such situations, and there's almost always been one person who was the one everyone else said to check with. I want to be that guy. What do I need to do to be that guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2010 - 72 answers

Presidential time-usage in pictures

Who spent more of their Presidency on vacation, Dubya or Bush, Sr.? Who travelled more, Clinton or Reagan? It seems to me, there's got to be some organization somewhere that tracks this kind of Presidential time-utilization info, and organizes it into pretty charts and graphs. Help me find the information visualization I seek!
posted by paisley on Sep 3, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me rep my hometown and my president!

Where can I find a "Cleveland Baracks" t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Aug 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Who Punches The President?

does the president of the u.s. receive any self defense training? and, if so, what sort and from whom? and are there any good articles or books on that subject?
posted by artof.mulata on Jun 11, 2009 - 32 answers

A President is referred to as such for life...

Throughout his introduction of President Obama, ASU President Crow referred to him as "Barack Obama", without the honorific. This bothered me immensely; I feel that it is only proper when introducing a President to refer to him that way throughout. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on May 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Is there a good book about the Reagan administration out there?

Can anyone recommend a solidly researched and well-written book that critiques Ronald Reagan's administration? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Apr 18, 2009 - 8 answers

What's Obama up to?

What are some good blogs or other news sources concerned solely or mostly with "what the president is doing" (politically; not what he had for breakfast)? Basically, I'm curious about keeping up with Obama's acts as president -- orders signed, deals forged, initiatives taken, stuff like that. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Jan 21, 2009 - 17 answers

What does the old POTUS say to the new POTUS?

Are the contents of the letters from US Presidents to their successors available in the National Archives or Presidential Libraries? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Jan 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Does the president need to take the oath of office?

A few questions about the oath of office and when the president-elect becomes president... [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Jan 20, 2009 - 34 answers

Can I read the daily White House pool report?

Is there a way to read the daily Obama pool report? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Who moves Barney's water bowl on January 20th?

How does the U.S. presidential transition at the White House actually occur? Who does what where, when and how? [more inside]
posted by webhund on Jan 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Kids at the Inauguration: A Profound Memory for Life, or Child Abuse?

Should I bring my 7-year-old son to see the Inauguration? Or, how much cold and crowding would you endure to be present at a major historical event (and so your son could tell his children, "I was there.")? [more inside]
posted by underthehat on Dec 20, 2008 - 36 answers

Who pays Obama?

Who is paying Obama for the next two months? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven on Nov 17, 2008 - 15 answers

How to notice political change?

What are some actions/appointments/events that I can look for that will indicate if the new U.S. president is serious about change or if he is just more of the same?
posted by larry_darrell on Nov 12, 2008 - 14 answers

I scream, you scream, we all scream for a grassroots campaign strategy!

I gather from Howard Dean's announcement today that he and the Obama People don't get along. I'm curious though how much Obama's win and the Congressional turnover are due to Dean's strategies and policies as head of the DNC. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Nov 10, 2008 - 21 answers

Was JFK that generation's BHO?

Was the reaction to John Kennedy being elected anything like the current world-wide wave of joy and relief to the election of Obama?
posted by LastOfHisKind on Nov 8, 2008 - 18 answers

Don't Stop Believin

How common has it been in US history for a Presidential election to prompt celebrations in the streets across the country? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Nov 6, 2008 - 8 answers

America, love it or leave it (but where to go?)

I'm a liberal in a red state (Texas). After the 2000 and 2004 elections many people I know told me that if I didn't like the President I should move to Canada.

If Liberals go to Canada when a Republican wins, where would the conservatives go now? They wouldn't like Canada at all (no offense my Canadian friends). Conservatives wouldn't go to a country that has nationalized health care, progressive taxes or abortions. Any thoughts on what countries Conservatives would like?
posted by DragonBoy on Nov 6, 2008 - 50 answers

What's it like to be President? The book

With all the presidential talk, I'd like to read a good book on what it's like to be President of the United States. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Nov 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Capturing the mOment

I'm looking for news stories, blog posts, photos, video clips, mash-ups or anything else that captures the impact and emotion of Barack Obama's victory, especially on a personal level. [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 5, 2008 - 15 answers

Shoring Up The Gains

If I wanted to donate money specifically to the U.S. Secret Service, is such a thing even possible, and how would I go about doing it?
posted by felix on Nov 5, 2008 - 15 answers

Is Obama the world's first minority Chief Executive?

(I think) I read somewhere recently that if Obama won, he'd be the first elected chief executive (President, PM, etc.) from a racial minority. Is that true? [more inside]
posted by brandman on Nov 5, 2008 - 32 answers

Is the world watching the US elections?

Is the world watching the United States 2008 presidential elections? Who are they routing for? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz on Nov 4, 2008 - 39 answers

Redskins Lose, Obama wins...

There are a number of goofy "predictors" of U.S. Presidential elections, such as: when the Redskins lose their last home game prior to the election, the incumbent party loses the White House. Does the HiveMind know of any similar off-beat predictors? [more inside]
posted by mikewas on Nov 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Security procedures for new Oval Office incumbent?

White House changeover security: who's responsible, and what do they do? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Nov 3, 2008 - 9 answers

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