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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
A few questions about the oath of office and when the president-elect becomes president... [more inside]
posted by bchaplin
on Jan 20, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
(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 -
Is the world watching the United States 2008 presidential elections? Who are they routing for? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz
on Nov 4, 2008 -
On November 4th, I intend to spend the evening watching election returns on TV and refreshing as many election-y tabs on the laptop as possible. What websites should I have loaded and ready to go? [more inside]
posted by rtha
on Oct 24, 2008 -