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The President will go to great lengths for every pothead vote.

In the run-up to the Democratic National Convention this week, Barack Obama is making sure every member of his coalition does his or her part. He's even making personal calls, hoping to appeal to some of his more ardent supporters.

Such as Kal Penn of Harold & Kumar fame:

Barack and Kal go way back, actually. In addition to Harold and Kumar quotes and his role on House, the actor serves in the Obama administration as Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Hopefully for Obama, his supporters follow Penn's lead in November and not his alter ego's. Guy can't afford any potential voters sitting this one out.

U.S. Presidential election 2012:

 

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President Barack Obama says he doesn't take the unexpected ribbing Clint Eastwood gave him at the RNC personally. In fact, he remains a big fan of the actor.

“I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan,” the president told USA Today.

“He is a great actor, and an even better director,” the Commander-in-Chief continued. “I think the last few movies that he’s made have been terrific.”

Clint Eastwood, Chair

At the Republican National Convention, Eastwood roused the crowd with a 12-minute oratory that included a satirical interview with an invisible Obama.

The 82-year-old berated the President in the form of an empty chair. "Eastwooding" gave way to countless parodies and earned a place in the pop culture lexicon.

Coverage of Eastwood's speech in recent days eclipsed that of even Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who took the stage shortly thereafter.

Most observers considered the routine bizarre (for better or worse), with some critics calling it borderline vulgar. Obama, however, was not offended by it.

“One thing about being president or running for president - if you’re easily offended, you should probably choose another profession,” the president said.

Obama, who did Tweet a response to the RNC speech, said not to expect any similar acts at this week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“I think we’ll be playing this pretty straight,” he said.

Who won the debate Thursday night?

 

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The office of embattled Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) is pretty furious with GOP activist and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

For joking that Akin should be bumped off, obviously.

Businessweek reports that Rove spoke about Akin - who is facing calls to drop his bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat - at a GOP donors' breakfast in Tampa.

The site says Rove quipped to the audience: "We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!"

Akin-Rove

Akin's office issued a statement calling the quote "deeply disturbing," given that the FBI is investigating real threats following Todd Akin legitimate rape controversy.

He's vowing to stay in the race despite the criticism he's endured since suggesting rape victims rarely get pregnant because the body will "shut the whole thing down."

Many influential Republicans - Rove included - wish he would bow out, believing another candidate would have a better chance against incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Should Akin drop out of the race?

 

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The biggest story to come out of Thursday's conclusion of the Republican National Convention was not Mitt Romney's acceptance specch, but #Eastwooding.

Eastwooding being the Twitter hashtag for parodies, jokes and memes at the expense of acting legend Clint Eastwood's unusual, yet highly entertaining speech.

The 82-year-old debated an invisible Obama in an empty chair in what had to be the strangest endorsement of Romney all week, and the Internet went nuts.

Here's the original photo - angled so Invisible Obama still uses a teleprompter (subtly hilarious) - along with some of our favorite celebrity-based parodies:

Eastwooding

Clint expressing utter disgust with Keanu Reeves' first term:

Clint Eastwood and Keanu Reeves

Clint debating Paris Hilton (basically an empty void of air):

Clint Eastwood, Paris Hilton

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Deneeta Pope, the African-American ex-girlfriend of Republican V.P. nominee Paul Ryan, wants nothing to do with the upcoming Presidential election.

She's also a Barack Obama supporter, though she wishes Ryan well.

Ryan mentioned in an interview years ago that he's experienced racism in part because he has a black sister-in-law as well as a black ex-girlfriend.

This came up again recently after some of Ryan's policies have been criticized - fairly or otherwise - as detrimental to the African-American community.

Deneeta Pope has since been ID'd ... and wishes she hadn't been.

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Pope said yesterday, a day after Paul Ryan's acceptance speech at the RNC, "I'm not interested in talking. I don't know why everyone is calling."

"I'm newly married and would just like to be left alone."

Deneeta did speak briefly on the newly-minted V.P. hopeful, though, telling the Daily Mail that while she remains an ardent Barack Obama backer, she can't help but cheer for the #2 man on the GOP 2012 ticket at the same time.

Pope, 40, said, "I am indeed a Democrat. That’s no secret. But although I have a different political association to Paul, I support him and wish him success."

"Paul is a very nice guy, a kind guy and a family guy."

Daneeta says that she remains in touch with the Wisconsin Congressman; Paul and his wife, Janna Ryan, were even invited to Pope's wedding in May.

Wonder if she has a Paul Ryan shirtless pic or two of her own.

Election 2012:

 

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Clint Eastwood’s Invisible Obama routine was the talk of the 2012 Republican National Convention, and it caught the attention of the Commander-in-Chief himself.

Before Mitt Romney's RNC speech last night, the actor, director and ardent GOPer made a rambling speech that featured him talking to "Obama" in an empty chair.

The President's response? A picture - sent from @BarackObama, run by his campaign - of him sitting in a chair marked The President. The caption: “This seat’s taken.”

The President

Eastwood's unorthodox speech instantly spawned memes galore, not to mention an @InvisibleObama Twitter account, which already has more than 47,000 followers.

No word if Clint and/or Mitt have friended the invisible POTUS on there, but his bit - for better or worse - was unquestionably a highlight of the RNC.

“So I’ve got Mr. Obama sitting here … Mr. President, how do you handle promises you’ve made?” the 82-year-old Oscar winner asked the chair at one point.

You can see for yourself below ... but spoiler alert, it gave no response.

Decision 2012:

 

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Movie icon Clint Eastwood delivered an unscripted and bizarre endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday night.

Taking the stage before Mitt Romney's speech to the party's national convention, Eastwood carried on a rambling "conversation" with an empty chair.

A chair occupied by an imaginary President Barack Obama. Seriously:

The Oscar-winning director criticized Obama for failing to turn the economy around and for wanting to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects.

"How do you handle the promises you've made? What do you say?" he asked the invisible Obama. "I know even some of the people in your party were disappointed."

At another, even stranger point, the 82-year-old Eastwood acted as if he were listening to imaginary Obama unleash a diatribe against Romney, poking Vice President Joe Biden and letting the convention audience "guess what the president said."

"He can't do that to himself. You're absolutely crazy!" Eastwood responded.

"You're getting as bad as Biden. Biden is the intellect in the Democratic Party. It's just kind of a grin with a body behind it."

At one point, Eastwood talked about the need for change.

"When somebody doesn't do the job, you gotta let 'em go," Eastwood said. Then the tough-guy actor of Dirty Harry fame drew a finger across his throat.

Backstage, stern-faced Romney aides winced for 10 minutes straight.

And the winner of this "debate" is ...

 

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Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination last night with a forceful promise to lead America to renewed prosperity after years of mediocrity.

Presenting himself as the turnaround artist we need to finally end the cycle of dashed expectations and broken promises, Romney told the Tampa, Fla., RNC crowd:

"How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special was happening in America? Many of you felt that way on election day four years ago." 

"But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama?"

"You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president," Romney said, "when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him."

Romney's focus, like that of the nation's voters, was almost exclusively on the stubbornly sluggish economic recovery, and he touted his business experience.

He mocked Obama's famous 2008 line that his election could "slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet." After a dramatic pause, he pointedly stated:

"My promise is to help you and your family."

The former Massachusetts Governor's 38-minute speech was light on policy details, but it did offer more autobiographical detail than he usually delves into.

As Ann Romney helped him do Tuesday, Mitt sought to push back against the caricature of him as an aloof, ruthless, out-of-touch corporate chieftain.

Like his running mate, Paul Ryan, he made clear overtures to ordinary citizens (women) in particular, to upend the notion that the GOP stands only for the rich.

Did he make the sale? Romney was running just about even heading into the Republican National Convention; we'll see if this helps him make inroads against Obama.

Election 2012:

 

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Legitimate rape. It's become quite a phenomenon of late, and is potentially a great form of birth control, as imagined in this hilarious viral ad ridiculing the recent comments of Republican Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin.

Basically, if you're suffering from Sexually Liberated Uterine Tendencies (SLUT), there's a treatment that can satisfy your carnal urges AND help you not get pregnant.

It's like regular birth control, only imagined by crazy people.

DISCLAIMER: Remember, legitimate rape isn't for everyone. To learn more information and find out if it's right for you, ask your doctor Congressman.

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Yahoo News' Washington bureau chief David Chalian has been fired after a shocking remark he made about Mitt Romney and his wife Ann was caught on camera.

Chalian was overheard saying that the Romneys were "not concerned at all" about Hurricane Issac and are "happy to have a party with black people drowning."

Chalian seemed to be referring to the Republican National Convention taking place in Tampa just as the Category 1 storm barreled across the Gulf of Mexico.

Yesterday, Yahoo announced it was firing Chalian, "effective immediately."

"David Chalian's statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo," the company said in a statement following the controversy.

"We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended."

Chalian released an apology Wednesday. He wrote that he was "profoundly sorry" and described his statement as an "inappropriate and thoughtless joke."

Chalian also apologized privately and publicly to the Romney campaign.

Ann Romney spoke Tuesday at the RNC, followed by V.P. nominee Paul Ryan last night. Presidential hopeful Romney takes the stage this evening.

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