Can you identify the framed paddle-shaped thing in this picture of Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin in the president's private dining room?
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.
We're going to Yosemite this weekend - and so is Obama. Where should we go to avoid crowds and closed areas? [more inside]
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]
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
If Scalia is confirmed dead, will Obama be able to seat a Supreme Court Justice before his term ends?
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]
Where can I buy the same tie President Obama is wearing in this photo (preferably in NYC or online)? [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]
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?
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?
He walked in on Obama during the speech about Osama... Anyone special? Just some dude? Seen here...
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]
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.
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.
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!
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]
Please help me find this Obama campaign poster. [more inside]
What's the most effective way to donate to Obama this late in the game? [more inside]
Ohioans: with the election approaching, what is it like to be living in Ohio right now? [more inside]
Why does President Obama's mug have a lid on it during his appearance on The Daily Show from last night? [more inside]
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]
Does Romney want to remove deductions for 401k to help pay for his 20% "across the board" tax cut? [more inside]
What was the first official announcement that Joe Biden would be Obama's 2012 vice-presidential running mate?
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]
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?
What has Obama done to help the economy? [more inside]
Is there an updated list of all the new Voter ID laws in various states in America? [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 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]
Why does the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) lack a severability clause? [more inside]
What are the main foreign policy problems facing Obama and his administration right now?
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?
How can I reconcile a vote for Obama given his human rights mis-steps? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find information about the public view of Barack Obama before the election? [more inside]
Would the president's Pay As You Earn initiative affect student loans that have already been consolidated? Where can I find out more?
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]
Can someone please explain to me, simply, how my life will be better with Obama's health plan? [more inside]
Is there a canonical list of words like "birther" and "truther"? [more inside]
Help me track down a political cartoon where Presidents (current and past) talk about reducing dependency on foreign oil [more inside]
Why does my relative call President Obama "O'BamBam"? What is it meant to signify, other than derision?
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?
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.
Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier? [more inside]
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]
Obama in Jakarta: Does anyone know where and what time Obama will address the public in Jakarta? I heard through the grapevine that he might deliver a speech at the Universitas Indonesia. But my searches on the internet have only turned up information about a speech at the Istiqlal Mosque. Still, there is no information about date or time. I would like to see him, if I can. Thanks.
Will Obama "not signing" H.R. 3808 keep it from becoming law? [more inside]
May I have a list of President Obama's achievements since he came into office? [more inside]
How anyone (or anyone you know) benefited in one respect or another from the provisions in the new U.S. health care bill? I'm not asking this in Fox News-ish way, I am actually curious. [more inside]