Drink George Washington's Whiskey

March 27, 2013 04:25 by Brandon
      

Who knew our nation's first president was so fond of whiskey? George Washington developed his own special blend, and it will soon be available to the public.

Yahoo! News reports that conservators of Mr. Washington's Mount Vernon estate will sell rye whiskey made according to his recipe. "People like having a tangible connection to the founding fathers, and any way they can connect that through food or drink, it’s an exciting element for them," said a Mount Vernon spokesperson.

The distillery plans to release 1,100 bottles of Washington's whiskey beginning April 4 at $95 apiece. I think it's pretty cool that a product from the 1700s is now a 2013 promotional item.

Will you head to Mount Vernon to try the very presidential liquor?

Stand-Out Inauguration Swag

January 22, 2013 03:51 by Brandon
      

Is it just me, or did the 2013 Inauguration seem... more epic than usual? Despite the fact that it was absolutely freezing outside, Obama-supporters from around the nation gathered in Washington D.C. to watch the president get sworn into office. And, boy, were they enthusiastic.

I spent some time this morning scouring the Web for the flyest Inauguration promotional products. Let's take a look: 

According to CNN, the most popular items at the Inauguration store were buttons. They were a steal at just $5 for two.

 

Today reports that Inauguration t-shirts were available for people and pups! So cute. 

 

BuzzFeed staff members spotted this fabulous Obama/Biden t-shirt in D.C. yesterday. 

 

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

This shot, from the Huffington Post, reveals that plenty of onlookers purchased mini American flags for the 2013 Inauguration.


There were so many other impressive Inauguration items too, including beanies, scarves, water bottles and mugs. Which was your favorite?

Barack and Joe on 'How to Look Cool'

November 16, 2012 04:23 by Brandon
      

I won't say whether or not I voted for President Obama, but I will say this: He's totally got "cool" down pat. Just take a look these stylish sunnies he was recently caught wearing:

 Photo courtesy of Students for Barack Obama

Yep, that's our president proudly donning Kanye-like promotional slotted sunglasses. Does he even realize how awesome he looks? In my opinion, this photo should have been the center of his reelection campaign.

And get this -- according to The Atlantic Wire, the world has been waiting for Obama to put on shutter shades since 2008, when t-shirt designs like this began popping up across the web.

VP Biden was also spotted in the star-spangled sunglasses. I guess if you're going to be Obama's VP, you've got to look the part.

What do you think of the patriotic eyewear?

Obama Win Breaks Social Media Records

November 7, 2012 04:01 by Brandon
      

As the race for the White House came to a close late last night, President Barack Obama took to Twitter with a heartwarming post that would go on to break records.

The freshly-reelected U.S. commander-in-chief Tweeted a touching photo of he and first lady Michelle Obama in a loving embrace, coupled with three simple words: "Four more years." As of this writing, Obama's social media announcement has been re-Tweeted by more than 650,000 Twitter users, shattering the previous record held by pop star Justin Bieber.

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According to the BBC, the image was also shared to Facebook, "where it also broke records by becoming the most 'liked' photo ever posted to the site."

Heightened social activity surrounding the 2012 election highlights how important online networks have become, especially in public affairs. "Twitter brought people closer to almost every aspect of the election this year. From breaking news, to sharing the experience of watching the debates, to interacting directly with the candidates, Twitter became a kind of nationwide caucus," Rachel Horwitz, a Twitter spokeswoman, told Reuters.

Did you use social media to follow the election? Which networks did you turn to?

Please, Please Go Vote

November 6, 2012 04:56 by Brandon
      

I have a confession to make: I'm well into my 20s, and today, November 6, 2012, will be my first time voting.

And while I could probably spit out a thousand excuses for why I didn't cast my ballot in 2008, the truth is there is no good excuse. How dare I take my privilege to vote for granted? There was a time when people were actually denied that right.

Furthermore, as so simply stated by the Huffington Post, "Helping to choose the next leader of this country, voting on vital propositions that affect the people in your community and participating in the democratic process are already reason enough to make your vote count." We Americans underestimate how much power we truly hold; we're given the chance to speak our minds and help steer the direction of our country.

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With that said, you might feel like you don't know enough about the issues to voice your opinion. But the truth is you hear about -- and probably even talk about -- this election's main points all the time. If you need help figuring out which candidate(s) you agree with, check out ISideWith.com.

Will Ferrell Will Do 'Whatever it Takes' to Get You to Vote

November 5, 2012 04:16 by Brandon
      

Will Ferrell is one of those comedians you either love or hate. And, to be completely frank (here's where I might lose a few friends), he's not exactly my cup of tea.

Still, you've got to respect someone who uses his/her celebrity for a good cause. Ferrell recently released a get-out-the-vote public service announcement in which he begs his fans to participate in Tuesday's U.S. election.

Will Ferrell Will Do 'Whatever it Takes' to Get You to Vote

Staying true to form, the actor's YouTube video is anything but bland. Check it out now:

Ferrell claims he's "not kidding" about the campaign giveaways he's promising to those who vote, which range from giving you a tattoo to punching himself in the face.

Is Ferrell's call to action effective?

Like Obama on Facebook, Receive a Campaign Giveaway

November 1, 2012 04:16 by Brandon
      

One thing I love about election season is the freebies. I don't care who you are -- when you're handed a complimentary gift, you like it.

My friend (who's pro-Obama) recently received an email with the following subject line: "❤ this: FREE bumper sticker!" The message -- which was sent from the Obama campaign -- asked supporters to Like the president on Facebook. Once you're connected on the social network, you get a free bumper sticker!

Obama campaign giveaway

Whether or not you agree with the president's politics, you've got to admit the bumper sticker is a pretty cool campaign giveaway. Does anybody know if the Romney campaign is doing something similar?

President Obama's "30 Days to Victory Concert"

October 9, 2012 03:54 by Brandon
      

I guess when you're the president of the U.S., you've got a lot of famous friends.

President Obama

Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, George Clooney and other big names appeared Sunday at President Obama's "30 Days to Victory Concert." And he could use the support -- the fundraising event took place just days after Obama delivered a disappointing performance at last week's debate.

President Obama took the opportunity to remind the audience of 6,000 that there are always going to be setbacks. "Everybody always remembers the victory, but they don't always remember the bumps in the road ... Things always look good in retrospect. But in the middle of it we made all kinds of mistakes. We goofed up. I goofed up. But the American people carried us forward," he said.

Instead of handing out campaign giveaways, the Obama team put on quite the show for supporters. According to MTV, "Perry blew up Twitter when she sang 'Firework' while wearing a stars and stripes outfit as well as red, white and blue nails that includes four images of the president on them."

Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder also performed.

Hooray for the USA! Unemployment Rate Drops

October 5, 2012 05:01 by Brandon
      

President Barack Obama probably can't wipe that smile off his face right now. The latest national jobs report reveals that unemployment dropped considerably in September, bringing the jobless rate to a four-year low.

Reuters reports that a considerable surge in hiring "pushed the jobless rate down by 0.3 percentage point to its lowest level since January 2009," when Obama took office.

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For Obama's re-election campaign team, the news couldn't have come at a better time. A CNN poll found that most people who watched the first presidential debate on Wednesday night called Romney the winner. But an improving labor market may help improve Obama's post-debate favorability.

Regardless of political leaning, we can all agree that a stronger economy is good thing. Hooray for the USA!

Who Doesn't Love a Good Debate?

October 3, 2012 04:05 by Brandon
      

I don't know about you, but I've been gearing up for tonight's presidential debate for weeks.

While President Obama and Mitt Romney have been campaigning for what feels like forever already, the debates are super-importanpresit. USA Today explains: "Up to 60 million people could be tuning in for answers that will help them decide whether to continue the nation's course under Obama or move in a different direction with Romney at the helm."

For me, it's about time. Sure, receiving campaign giveaways is great. And some of the candidates' TV spots have even been interesting. But I'm more than ready to watch the presidential hopefuls go head-to-head. I want to hear, in their own words, what President Obama and Mr. Romney plan to do for this country. And I'm excited to see who comes out on top.

What will be the main topics of conversation? USA Today says to look out for conversations about jobs and unemployment, taxes, health care and other domestic issues.

Tonight's debate will be 90 minutes long and will air at 9 p.m. EST on most major networks (ABC, NBC, FOX, etc.). According to Mashable, you can also catch it online via YouTube, Tumblr (in "live-GIF" format), Ustream, Microsoft/Xbox Live and C-SPAN's "debate hub."

Chuck Norris' Anti-Obama Video

September 5, 2012 04:23 by Brandon
      

Actor and martial arts expert Chuck Norris released an anti-Obama "Get out the Vote" video over the weekend, encouraging like-minded individuals to head to the polls this November. "We are here to talk about a growing concern we all share," says Norris in the YouTube clip. "If we look to history, our great country and freedom are under attack."

According to Time, Norris hopes the video will revive the Republican Party. Norris and his wife, Gena Norris, tell viewers that too many party members stayed home during the 2008 race between Obama and Sen. John McCain, allowing Obama to win. Check the YouTube promo below:

Whether or not you agree with Norris' opinion, you've got to admit his video is not the best. The camera is shaky, his voice sounds uneasy and his wife's nods and comments seem a bit too contrived. He probably should have just handed out campaign giveaways instead.

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Does anybody else think Norris has overestimated the power of his celebrity?