When a Robot Signs a Bill
By Brian Resnick
Yesterday, the president was in Hawaii but the recently passed fiscal-cliff deal was in Washington. How could the presidential signature be affixed to the bill to make it law? Obama signed it via a robot, the autopen.
Here’s a brief history of the gadget. (Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the first president to use it?)
As President Obama decides who will succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., might get the short end of the stick once more.
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Best Flair from the DNC (PHOTOS)
Kelly Jacobs, from Hernando, Miss., wears button laden campaign hat while touring the convention hall ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
"When Michelle Obama spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, she was warily viewed as a woman proud of her country “for the first time” and caricatured by The New Yorker as an Afroed and armed rebel soldier.
Four years later, she’s now better known as the fashionista first lady who tells us to eat our vegetables.
While President Obama was steadily losing favor over the last four years, his wife was undergoing a successful public makeover. In keeping with tradition, the first lady has mostly steered clear of politics to focus on feel-good projects such as outreach to military families, organic gardening, and efforts to fight childhood obesity. Voters have seen her competing against talk-show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon in friendly push-up contests and gracing a coffee-table book holding a basket overflowing with fresh produce.
But although Michelle Obama’s public image has changed, the goal of her convention speech on Tuesday isn’t much different than it was four years ago. Like Ann Romney did for her husband last week in Tampa, a spouse’s job is to bring out the candidate’s softer side. Nobody knows a husband better than his wife.”
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BUZZFEED IS PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE RUBBABLE GIF
See what’s happening up there? Thanks to a combination of technical know-how and ancient wizardry, now when you click-and-drag your mouse on certain GIFs on the site, you can control them directly.
Try it out! Rub Ryan Gosling. Rub America’s political leaders. Rub Spider-Man. Rub a vintage workout tape. Rub light.
The world is your oyster. Rub that oyster.
I wouldn’t really call it “rubbing.” But still pretty awesome.
President Barack Obama kisses a woman as he works a rope line following his remarks on tourism and travel, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, along Main Street USA at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama speaks about tourism and travel on Thursday along Main Street USA at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (PHOTO: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama listens as former President Bill Clinton speaks at a building under construction in Washington on Friday. (PHOTO: Carolyn Kaster/AP)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Monday. Obama was due to meet with Congressional leaders for the second straight day Monday, after 75 minutes of talks Sunday evening failed to reach an agreement on the debt limit. (PHOTO: SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)