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Washington Mall Photos

I saw the aerial photo taken by the U.S. Park Service which showed the difference in the number of attendees of the 2009 Obama inauguration and the 2017 Trump inauguration. President Trump was enthusiastically supported, as was President Obama. Why the stark difference? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 21, 2017 - 30 answers

Comprehensive list of books recommended by Obama over last 8 years?

I'm looking for a compilation of all of the book recommendations Obama has made over the last 8 years. There are lists that have come out with a few at a a time, but has anyone see a comprehensive list? Thanks!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat on Jan 17, 2017 - 11 answers

Details of current Internet "kill switch" rules, and also Obama's role?

Having recently become aware of SOP 303, I'm trying to understand its origin and to what extent the Obama administration actively wanted it. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Dec 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Thanks (for the newspapers), Obama

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]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs on Oct 30, 2016 - 7 answers

What is this thing?

Can you identify the framed paddle-shaped thing in this picture of Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin in the president's private dining room?
posted by enn on Sep 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me find this anecdote about Obama

I vaguely remember reading sometime in the last year or two an anecdote about President Obama's attitudes about military intervention. This was probably in a long form piece from the New Yorker, Atlantic, etc. Obama and advisors were considering intervention in the Middle East (Syria? Libya? Iraq?), and Obama asked his staff for an example of a successful military intervention in that region, and was met by silence. Anyone remember specifically what I'm talking about? I've been googling without success, which makes me think I have one or two of the details wrong.
posted by crazy with stars on Aug 2, 2016 - 4 answers

Yosemite when Obama is visiting

We're going to Yosemite this weekend - and so is Obama. Where should we go to avoid crowds and closed areas? [more inside]
posted by unix on Jun 16, 2016 - 8 answers

having trouble parsing new HHS rules for insurance companies

Today the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule prohibiting denial of coverage based on gender identity. I am trying to figure out exactly what this means in my situation. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on May 13, 2016 - 13 answers

What fuels Trump's rise?

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
posted by shaqlvaney on Mar 2, 2016 - 40 answers

How quickly can government procedures move?

If Scalia is confirmed dead, will Obama be able to seat a Supreme Court Justice before his term ends?
posted by radiosilents on Feb 13, 2016 - 18 answers

Pesidents birth, health, school records besides Obama

How many other Presidents had to show their birth certificates, health records, or school records either during their campaign or while serving as President? [more inside]
posted by American Christmas Devil on Feb 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Yes We Can (find this necktie)

Where can I buy the same tie President Obama is wearing in this photo (preferably in NYC or online)? [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Oct 11, 2015 - 2 answers

How can I get an interview with Barack Obama?

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]
posted by brinkzilla on Jul 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Joke explanation corner

I just watched Barack Obama's speech during this year's White House Correspondents Dinner, and he made a joke about having something that rhymes with bucket list, which had the entire room bursting into laughter. Can someone explain the joke to me?
posted by Kwadeng on Apr 26, 2015 - 8 answers

North Korea Internet Outages

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?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 23, 2014 - 4 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

What is it like to meet on the sidelines of G8

I have heard on the news that Obama and Putin are planning to meet "on the sidelines" of the G8 conference next week, and I'm curious what, exactly, this is like. [more inside]
posted by Unified Theory on Jun 16, 2013 - 5 answers

who is the 7'6" dude behind Biden?

On the NYT home page right now, there's a picture of Obama, Biden, and a really tall dude, who looks to be a good 18 inches taller than the rest of the people there. Who is he? There's also a video here.
posted by dfriedman on Apr 17, 2013 - 3 answers

Best blogs for following behind the scenes of the Obama Presidency?

I recently found Mrs. O, a fashion blog about the First Lady's wardrobe - but clothes are not really that interesting to me. I'm AM curious about the other best blogs and ways to follow Obama, his family, and the current administration - as a well as any web presence that showcases the best of "White House whatever" in general - no matter who is in charge. A wide range could apply - anything from photos of the First Family in casual life and doings (like Mrs. O), or discussion/analysis/notification of current policy initiatives/announcements, etc.
posted by agregoli on Mar 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Statistics on Obama's campaign

Where can I find reliable data quickly about Obama's re-election campaign? Things like: - How many volunteers - How many door-to-door contacts or telephone calls made by volunteers - How much money got raised through the website Thanks!
posted by Omnomnom on Jan 25, 2013 - 5 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

Quest for Obama poster

Please help me find this Obama campaign poster. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Nov 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Best electoral bang for my buck?

What's the most effective way to donate to Obama this late in the game? [more inside]
posted by turducken on Oct 27, 2012 - 8 answers

What's life like in a swing state?

Ohioans: with the election approaching, what is it like to be living in Ohio right now? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Oct 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Blow The Lid Off

Why does President Obama's mug have a lid on it during his appearance on The Daily Show from last night? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Oct 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Cash Reserves

What am I missing?-filter: I feel like I have a lot of the pieces of this notion that companies are holding onto enormous cash reserves and waiting to see how the election shakes out, but I can't quite put it all together. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Oct 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Take my deductions -- PLEASE!

Does Romney want to remove deductions for 401k to help pay for his 20% "across the board" tax cut? [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie on Oct 2, 2012 - 9 answers

When was Biden announced as 2012 running mate?

What was the first official announcement that Joe Biden would be Obama's 2012 vice-presidential running mate?
posted by grouse on Sep 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Can we settle this once and for all?

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama? is a Forbes op-ed from May 2012. Please help me parse this, and explain to me why, if its true, the President isn't putting this information on every billboard in the United States. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Sep 2, 2012 - 23 answers

Graphing Politics

Why doesn't Obama or any politician for that matter use graphs to explain things? For all of their sophistication in Internet and social media, why doesn't the Obama campaign just go on television and show the American people a damn chart? Are we that stupid or am I missing something here?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 19, 2012 - 22 answers

Dark days for the middle class

What has Obama done to help the economy? [more inside]
posted by duvatney on Aug 19, 2012 - 33 answers

What does it take to vote in the November election?

Is there an updated list of all the new Voter ID laws in various states in America? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Jul 8, 2012 - 4 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

Find out where it's happening, and get yourself there?

Can I- a college student- work for the Obama campaign (in dc, in chicago, in a swing state) this summer and not starve? Or are there other wacky, do-it-while-you're-young-live-out-of-your-car summer experiences Askmefi would suggest? [more inside]
posted by 221bbs on Apr 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Did They Screw Up the Affordable Care Act?

Why does the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) lack a severability clause? [more inside]
posted by jonp72 on Mar 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Foreign policy problems facing the Obama administration.

What are the main foreign policy problems facing Obama and his administration right now?
posted by espada0 on Mar 6, 2012 - 24 answers

Need a Chicago Brick and Mortar Store with Obama Merchandise

Obama SWAG in Chicago---where can I get some fast and in person? Leaving for Ethiopia in a matter of days and I've received a request from someone there for anything "Obama"...t-shirt, pins, posters, etc. But I don't have much time and anything ordered from the campaign store online will not arrive in time (they don't have an option for faster shipping.) Are there any brick and mortar stores in Chicago where I can pick something up?
posted by jeanmari on Feb 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Is the a third option?

How can I reconcile a vote for Obama given his human rights mis-steps? [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card on Jan 19, 2012 - 49 answers

Cataloguing Obama's presidency so far?

What are the best sources for compiling a timeline-based list of what Obama has accomplished (and not accomplished) so far while in office? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper on Dec 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Where can I find information about the public view of Barack Obama before the election?

Where can I find information about the public view of Barack Obama before the election? [more inside]
posted by furisto on Oct 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Will Obama's student loan plan affect student loans that have already been consolidated?

Would the president's Pay As You Earn initiative affect student loans that have already been consolidated? Where can I find out more?
posted by jwhite1979 on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Healthcare Refrom, Good For Home Health?

I am looking for articles and (to a lesser extent) professional/academic works that argue or present the idea that healthcare reform will be good for the home health care industry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Obama Cares About Me?

Can someone please explain to me, simply, how my life will be better with Obama's health plan? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Sep 12, 2011 - 27 answers

Words like "birther"

Is there a canonical list of words like "birther" and "truther"? [more inside]
posted by moammargaret on Apr 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for a recent political cartoon

Help me track down a political cartoon where Presidents (current and past) talk about reducing dependency on foreign oil [more inside]
posted by taliaferro on Apr 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Secret connection between the President of the US and an Irish version of the Flintstones?

Why does my relative call President Obama "O'BamBam"? What is it meant to signify, other than derision?
posted by vitabellosi on Apr 5, 2011 - 27 answers

Stop Obama

I have repeatedly unsubscribed from the Obama campaign/OFA text message list, and yet the texts keep coming. How can I actually get them to stop?
posted by furiousxgeorge on Mar 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Manipulated images of Obama?

What famous photos of Obama have been the most heavily contrived or manipulated by PhotoShop? I am trying to figure out how his public visual image is manipulated by a PR team and the media. I would love to know anecdotes and specific images. For example, I heard that he was almost never shown smoking, as Americans dislike smoking today.
posted by tnygard on Jan 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier?

Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jan 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me talk to Mamma Grizzly and Joe the Plumber.

What, if anything, is suddenly missing from the daily lives of rural, conservative Americans? How can I better understand the Tea Partier's point of view? [more inside]
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot on Nov 15, 2010 - 49 answers

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