On November 5th 2008 and November 7th 2012 here in London England, I tried to collect as many British newspapers as I could that featured Barack Hussein Obama II's historic election to the presidency of the United States. The whole world was united in pride for the US on both of those days. Now that he's moving out of the White House, I feel like it's time to give them away; the question is, who gets them? [Preferably to someone in New York City. Sorry Duluth.] [more inside]
I'm going to be in Amsterdam for a few days next week, including during the first US presidential debate. I know I could just stream it, but I think it would be more cathartic to watch it with (A) other people cheering for Hillary and embarrassed/exasperated with Trump and (B) booze. Democrats Abroad doesn't have any debate watching events listed for the Netherlands. Will any bars be open that late/early (3 am?) on a weekday and showing the debate? [more inside]
With Hillary Clinton favourite to win the US presidency, at which other points in history (if any) could it be argued that the most powerful person in the world was a woman?
I possess no affinity for Trump and therefore feel a complete lack of understanding to why his message has gained such traction with voters. I have read that he is feeding off a general discontent of the US population. His ascendancy seems to go beyond the normal conservatives-pushing-back after 2 terms of liberal presidency, so what's fueling this? What I'm asking for is reasoned, well thought-out articles examining current or building social, political, economic trends that led us to Trump
Other than posting 50 memes a day on FB denigrating the Republican party, how can I best ensure a win for a Democratic candidate. [more inside]
I'm looking for a particular op-ed piece which I believe was written in the 1950s. I remember it was described as a "famous piece" and was being discussed back when Reagan was looking to become president. As I remembered it, the opinion piece did not take an overtly bigoted stand, but said Americans would not elect Catholics, Jews, blacks, women, those who have divorced, those from Southern or Eastern Europe, etc. I believe it boiled down the number of "acceptable" candidates to several hundred. [more inside]
From what I have seen, Barack Obama has been doing some pretty unique and smaller level interviews lately, online, podcasts, comedy shows, AmA, etc. I would love to take this oppurtunity to throw my hat in the ring and ask for an inteview. How would I go about asking for this? [more inside]
Have you had to prep for the arrival of a major VIP (eg a Queen? a Head of State? the head of the United Nations) to your office or factory? What did you have to do? [more inside]
I've been elected president of a collegiate performing arts organization and am trying to figure out how to deal with very dynamic personalities; furthermore, most of the people on board have more experience with board than I do. My greatest fear is that I will one day lose control of the board as a leader, so what are some ways to approach this issue? [more inside]
In the election of 1824, Andrew Jackson won the plurality of electoral votes. But a "corrupt bargain" was struck in the House of Representatives to hand the Presidency to John Quincy Adams. Jackson was famous for his military leadership during the War of 1812, the Creek Indian War, and for the effective annexation of Florida from Spain to the US shortly thereafter. The number of cities and streets named in his honor is fairly significant. This was a military leader with clout. So why didn't he draw upon his military popularity in order to launch a military junta and assume his defensibly "rightful" place as President? [more inside]
As of this writing, North Korea has had two Internet outages in 48 hours. A lot of people seem to watch when Internet service goes down for countries and companies. But I don't recall anyone saying North Korea's Internet had gone down until within the last couple of days. Has anyone reported North Korea's Internet going down in the past?
Posting for a relative... The President of my company has asked everyone in my department to meet with him in a 1 on 1 meeting in an effort to get to know us on a more personal level. I work for a Fortune 500 company in the travel industry. I studied Economics in college and deal with supply/demand pricing every day. From what I've heard, his meetings with non-management employees have been very relaxed. At the end of the meeting he asks what your salary is and if you are happy with it. He also asks if we have any questions for him. My question to you is what should my answer be to the salary question be? I am happy with what I'm getting paid but obviously want more. And what kind of questions should I ask him?
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.
He walked in on Obama during the speech about Osama... Anyone special? Just some dude? Seen here...
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]
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?
What's on TV while the atomic bombs are in flight? [more inside]
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?
What are examples of college students holding a vote of no confidence for their college president? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
What are some recent innovations in political campaigns? [more inside]
Can someone explain to me how November's Presidential Election in the USA would impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? [more inside]
Assume that Barack Obama will not win a second term. What, effectively, will he do with the rest of his life? [more inside]
Can the president of the U.S. make a truly surprise appearance? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
May I have a list of President Obama's achievements since he came into office? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good biography of United States president William Henry Harrison? [more inside]
What are the longest individual presidential term limits in the world? [more inside]
Using photo of the President for a "for profit" parody enterprise? Guide me, MeFi! [more inside]
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]
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!
Where can I find a "Cleveland Baracks" t-shirt? [more inside]
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?
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]
Can anyone recommend a solidly researched and well-written book that critiques Ronald Reagan's administration? [more inside]
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]
Are the contents of the letters from US Presidents to their successors available in the National Archives or Presidential Libraries? [more inside]
A few questions about the oath of office and when the president-elect becomes president... [more inside]
Is there a way to read the daily Obama pool report? [more inside]
How does the U.S. presidential transition at the White House actually occur? Who does what where, when and how? [more inside]
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]
Who is paying Obama for the next two months? [more inside]