Talk about a government takeover!
"The Colbert Report" was broadcasting from Washington D.C. on Monday when President Obama appeared on stage to announce that he was stepping in for Stephen Colbert in his segment "The Word."
Since Colbert had take so many shots at his job over the years, he said, he wanted a shot at his. And because he is the president, he naturally changed it to "The Decree."
"Nation, as you know, I, Stephen Colbert, have never cared for our president," Obama says to kick off the piece called "To Health in a Handbasket."
While discussing his health care plan, he made fun of himself in the third person, Republicans and even the "fake news" channel "Fox News."
The Colbert Report is in its final stretch with the last episode to air December 18.
Earlier this year, a team of Smithsonian-led 3D digital imaging specialists scanned President Obama and then sculpted his bust using a 3D printer.
It is the first 3D portrait of a United States President.
For the 1:1 bust, in a process called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), a laser melted nylon powder into a highly accurate and durable print. Given the size of print (the bust stands 19 inches tall, and weighs almost 13 pounds), the printing process took 42 hours, after which the print cooled down for 24 hours.
The White House has now released a behind-the-scenes video of the process, and you can check out the bust in person in the Smithsonian Castle where it is on display for the public Dec. 2-31.
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'."
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."
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.)
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.
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?