Thursday, April 28, 2011

Your Bither Roundup

Because it's not like the President asked us to stop talking about this or anything...

After President Obama released his birth certificate to quell any questions surrounding the place of his birth, the blogs are still of course talking about the birther controversy. Even Oprah asked the President about it on Wednesday during an interview.

TMZ found the widow of the doctor who delivered a newborn Barack Obama back in 1961. According to the site, “She claims she had NO CLUE her late husband brought the future President into the world -- IN HAWAII -- until she saw the President’s birth certificate this morning. TMZ spoke to Ivalee Sinclair -- the wife of Dr. David A. Sinclair -- who said she was SHOCKED to see her husband's signature on Obama's birth certificate ... and now, even though Dr. Sinclair passed away in 2003, the entire family is CELEBRATING.

Meanwhile, some are still in doubt even after seeing the long-form birth certificate. Wonkette kindly enough gathered some of the most outrageous new conspiracy theories circulating on the web. Example, “All three signatures on Obama’s birth certificate were signed with the same rollerball pen. By the way, rollerball pens weren’t invented until the 1980s."

And lastly, the New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg is asking about the comic timing of the birth certificates release. Could this just be a setup for his appearance at the White House Correspondents dinner this weekend?

With your blogcast on the Morning Briefing—I’m Pamela Kirkland.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Are You Moving Yet?

Beyonce is sweating to the (not so) oldies this morning in a new workout video for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. Fighting childhood as only Beyonce could, the Grammy-winning singer shakes it in knee-high, neon green socks, short-shorts, and a “flash dance”-esque shoulder-bearing sweatshirt. Beyonce rewrote her single “Get Me Bodied” for the video, titled “Move Your Body” and filmed the choreography for the Flash Workout in a school cafeteria. The video is set to roll out in schools on May 3, when the White House is planning a “dance-in” at middle schools across the country.

Ready to learn the routine?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Joe's Last Readout

It's a sad day here at POTUS, but we did our best to turn lemons into lemonade (and champagne)!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Medvedev Busts A Move

There's a video getting a lot of attention on the web this week. It’s a cell phone video of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev ripping up the dance floor to some Russian technopop song. It was posted it to YouTube on Tuesday and the video has over 30,000 hits as of this morning. According to this AFP story, the clip was shot at a reunion of Medvedev's university class. They write, “The brief clip uploaded on YouTube by an unidentified person showed the Russian leader in a suit jacket and jeans stepping and waving his hips alongside several other people to a perestroika-era hit song "American Boy" with a concentrated expression on his face.” Medvedev replied to the video on Twitter writing, "We're rocking out last year at a reunion with my (university) class. The dances/music are those, from the past.”

Monday, April 11, 2011

Let's Move ft. Beyonce

The First Lady's Let's Move! initiative is getting some help from the National Association of Broadcasters and the one and only Beyonce Knowles.

Knowles is lending her dance skills and catchy tunes to the program for a nationwide workout event for middle school kids on May 3.

The songstress redid the lyrics to her song "Get Me Bodied,” renaming it “Move Your Body,” and recorded a video that shows the singer shaking a leg with tweens in a school cafeteria.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Congressmen Reppin the Grillz

What's the fastest way to make sure a trend goes out of style? Ask a member of Congress to try it out!

On Monday evening, Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Tom Rooney (R-FL), Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Linda Sanchez (D-CA) recorded a song at the Sirius XM studios with producers Mike Clink (Guns N'Roses), Darrell Brown (LeAnn Rimes), and James McKinney(Raheem Devaughn). The track will be debuted next week at the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill awards.

But what made this recording session so special was the gift that producer Darrell Brown gave each member--their very own grill (see picture above).

The upcoming Grammys on the Hill event is scheduled for April 13th and will honor VP Biden, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and music legend Don Henley. Here's more footage from their visit earlier this week:

Tim Pawlenty v Stephen Harper: A War of the Ads

Did Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper "swagger-jack" T-Paw?

The Globe and Mail was writing this week about “a slick new Conservative television ad that seeks to present Stephen Harper as a statesmanlike leader bears an unusual number of similarities to a recent commercial for the Tea Party-backed Republican former governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, and his 2012 presidential run.”

But how similar could these ads be? I’ve talked a lot recently about the Pawlenty ads which are comparable to trailers for big budget action movies, so let’s examine the evidence shall we?

Who Rickrolled the Oregon Statehouse?

I can't say for sure, but I do that whoever's behind this mash-up is a genius. Someone took the time to splice together floor speeches of Oregon House and Senate members to match the lyrics of Rick Astley's 1987 throwback, "Never Gonna Give You Up."

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