Author Archives: Kyra VandeBunte
Join the College Democrats for the 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast with special guests Congressman John Dingell and Debbie Dingell THIS SATURDAY from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Arbor Brewing Company.Â Tickets are available for purchase HERE.
For more information about the event, read the press release after the jump.Â We hope to see you there! (more…)
We’re all familiar of the iconic Shepard Fairey “HOPE” poster, but you’re probably less familiar with the depictions of our president on the website badpaintingsofbarackobama.com.Â The sole purpose of site is to display heinous pictures of Obama.Â As you can tell from the image many of the interpretations are, um, unique.
As if living in the White House, attending one of the best schools in this country, serving as spokesmodels for J. Crew, and hanging out with famous people wasn’t enough, Sasha and Malia Obama have been extended an invitation to visit Hogwarts.Â That’s right, the wizard school of our dreams.
People Magazine (yes, I know, such a great journalist source) reported today that Daniel Radcliffe invited the first daughters to visit the Harry Potter set.Â He even offered to give the girls a personal private tour. Radcliffe presented this offer because, well, I’ll let him say it so articulately himself:
“[Obama] is a symbol of progress which is what we dig about this country. What you love about England is all the old buildings and such. The traditions. I love that, too. But this is what we want from you.”
From one of the most relevant and thought provoking programs on National Public Radio, “This American Life,” comes an extremely intriguing episode on the state of our nation on the eve of inauguration.Â The episode weaves an intricate tapestry of American perpectives on the Obama presidency, surveying everyone from Iraqi vets to Guantanamo defense lawyers to children participating in 826 literacy programs across the country (look out for an Ann Arbor boy’s insights!).
If you’re sick of listening to Anderson Cooper and Soledad O’Brien ramble on about hope and freedom and change, stream the episode here for a profound, complex, and nuanced idea of Obama’s place in this nation.Â And if you’re looking for a great weekly podcast, “This American Life” can also be podcasted through the iTunes store.
With innauguration nigh, Obama themed merchandise is EVERYWHERE.Â Yesterday, the New York Times ran an article running down the ubiquity of Obama themed goods online and in D.C.Â Â Corporations are now riding on Obama’s marketing coattails, as IKEA and Pepsi are now featuring themes of hope and change in their D.C. area advertisments (in fact, Pepsi has simply put its logo in advertisements in place of the Obama “O”).
In addition to these corporate marketing schemes, smaller entrepreneurs are slapping Obama related motifs on all kinds of things.Â One Toronto man is selling toilet paper featuring Obama’s face, though it can’t be used due to the toxicity of the ink on the paper.Â Even better is the Obama Hope Soap on a Rope, simply because of its wonderfully rhyming name.Â Though, perhaps the most intriguing products advertised are Obama sex toys, which the New York Times simply says, “which will not be described here.”
Of course, there’s always the Obama Commemorative Plates – and don’t forget about the limited edition coin!Â I however, am holding out for the limited edition Obama themed Snuggie.
Joe the plumber (more formally known as Samuel J. Wurzelbacher) has found a new calling.Â The former fixer of pipes turned representative of real America will now serve as a correspondant for conservative website pjtv.com.Â Joe’s first assignment?Â Covering the current conflict in the Gaza strip.Â The plumber told a Toledo television station today that he just wants to help Isreal’s “Average Joes share their story.”
Oh Joe, I can’t wait for your insights…