Mash Up of the Day: Barack Obama Sings Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" (ft. Joe Biden)

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Check out BaracksDubs' latest audio-spliced mashup video featuring Barack Obama and Joe Biden "singing" Justin Timberlake's 2006 smash hit "SexyBack."

Irresponsible Response of the Day

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Asked at a press conference today in Louisiana about the persistent belief among many Americans that President Obama is a Muslim, Newt Gingrich said he personally takes the commander-in-chief "at his word" concerning his Christianity, but understands why some do not.

"Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he’s Muslim]?" Gingrich told reporters. "You have to ask, why would they believe that? It's not cause they're stupid. It's because they watch the kind of things I just described to you."

According to Politico, those "things" included the president's "excessive sensitivity" toward non-Judeo-Christian faiths. Gingrich has also accused the Obama administration of "anti-religious bigotry" and slammed the president for "apologizing" to Muslims.

"The fact is I take him at his word," Gingrich is quoted as saying, "but I think it is very bizarre that he is desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics while they are killing young Americans while at the same time going to war against the Catholic Church and against every right to live Protestant organization in the country. I just think it's a very strange value system."

Maggie Haberman notes that, in a radio interview yesterday, Gingrich admonished the media for "going easy on coverage of Obama's 'Muslim friends'."

[politico / photo: tpm.]

President Obama Speaks Out On Trayvon Martin of the Day

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In stark contrast to Geraldo Rivera's stunningly callous victim-blaming, President Obama this morning delivered a powerful statement of support for Trayvon Martin's parents in response to a question about the ongoing investigation.

"When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids," the president said. "I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this... You know, if I had a son he’d look like Trayvon."

[think.]

Early Bird Special

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Following a speaking event at Prince Georges Community College in Largo last week, President Obama was greeted by a young deaf man who signed "I am proud of you" in ASL. The young man later said he was floored when the president signed back "thank you." (Video is loud; exchange starts @ 0:30.)

See also: Stephon recalls the moment he will never forget. (Transcript here.)

[districtionboingboing.]

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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The bigoted bumper sticker above, which is making the rounds on Facebook today, is just one of several inflammatory anti-Obama slogans popping up on vehicles in Texas and other southern states.

The Dallas/Fort Worth-based ABC affiliate WFAA traced the stickers back to an Arkansas-based retailer called Stumpy's Stickers. News 8 says shortly after it emailed the company for a comment, their site was taken offline, and their Facebook page was removed.

News One notes that the slogan above is not new, having been used on merchandise as far back as 2010. A t-shirt on Zazzle with the same offensive play on words caused a minor stir last year, before being pulled.

[wfaa / newsone.]

The More You Know of the Day

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The More You Know of the Day: President Obama apparently decided that today, being the Ides of March and all, would be a good day take a stab at knocking beloved American president Rutherford B. Hayes down a peg or two.

While discussing the need to develop alternative energy sources in Largo, Maryland, today, Obama told the crowd: "One of my predecessors, President Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone: 'It’s a great invention but who would ever want to use one?' That's why he's not on Mt. Rushmore."

Ouch. Except that, one phone call to the the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio, proved that the president was perpetuating a long-debunked myth about the 19th commander-in-chief. He actually loved phones!

"I've heard that before, and no one ever knows where it came from," the center's Curator of Manuscripts, Nan Card, told New York Magazine's Dan Amira. Card pulled a June 1877 article from the Providence Journal, which recounts Hayes's first experience with the telecommunications device.

"A gradually increasing smile wreathe[d] his lips and wonder shone in his eyes more and more," Card read aloud to Amira. Hayes "looked at [the phone] a moment in surprise and remarked, 'That is wonderful.'"

Card went on to remind Amira that Hayes, more than the first president to install an official White House phone, was also the first to use a typewriter. It's also worth noting, as author John Bartlett, that, prior to Obama, Hayes was the last president to call Harvard Law School his alma mater.

So much for veritas, eh?

[politico / nymag / atlantic.]

President of the Day

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President of the Day: A brand new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll released today predicts that if the elections were held today, Rick Santorum -- the presidential candidate who believes that pregnant rape victims should make the best of it, that free prenatal testing leads to more abortions, and that, contrary to the Constitution, the separation of church and state should not be absolute --