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President Obama Meets Pope Francis at the Vatican
President Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican for the first time last week. The two leaders had a private meeting that lasted about an hour. The Pope gave President Obama two medallions and a copy of Evangelii Gaudium. President Obama gave the Pope a box of vegetable and fruit seeds from The White House garden.
The Pope must also have given President Obama some rosary beads as Obama recently gifted some rosary beads from Pope Francis to Nancy Pelosi. Take a look:
SNL Cold Open: President Obama's Social Media Campaign Goes into Overdrive
Louis C.K. hosted Saturday Night Live last night. For the Cold Open the SNL writers took aim at President Obama's social media offensive to increase sign ups for healthcare at healthcare.gov. In this skit, the president (Jay Pharoah) agrees to increasingly silly social media stunts in order to get young people to sign up. He poses for a photo with Kim Kardashian and Harry Styles, he dances with Pope Francis for a Vine video and even agrees to kiss Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon). All the while his aide (Taran Killam) spins him sadder and sadder stories of people without healthcare so he will agree to the promotions. Kate's Bieber is spot on. Take a look:
President Obama Jokes That U.S. is Building Iron Man at Press Conference
President Obama joked that the U.S. is building Iron Man at a recent press conference. He was talking about new technology in the works and then said, "basically I'm here to announce that we're building Iron Man." Obama added, "I'm going to blast off in a second."
The President was joking about the blasting off part but there is technology in the works that is similar to tech from the Iron Man films. One example is the Q-Warrior helmet mounted display system from BAE Systems. The helmet has been in the news and may have been what got the President thinking about Iron Man.
President Obama then said "this has been been a secret project we've been working on for a long time. Not really. Maybe. It's classified." Take a look:
Congressman Michael Grimm Threatens to Throw Reporter off Balcony at the Capitol Building
New York Republican Congressman Michael Grimm is in the news today after he threatened to throw a reporter from NY1 over a balcony in the US Capitol. The reporter was talking to Congressman Grimm about the State of the Union speech and then asked him about campaign finance allegations against him. Grimm became furious and refused to talk about the issue and walked off camera. The reporter noted that Grimm refused to speak about the allegations. At that point Grimm lost it, walked back into the camera shot, pulled the reporter aside and threatened to hurl him off the balcony. The reporter was quite mild mannered, there was absolutely no provocation. And even if there was provocation, it's still not acceptable to threaten physical violence. Grimm clearly has some real problems. It's pretty unbelievable. Take a look:
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Makes Unexpected Public Appearance
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made a suprrise appearance in Havana on Wednesday night. Castro was seen at the opening of a new art studio in Havana. In the released video he is being shown a book. Castro appears to have a great deal to say about it. He was also seen chatting with art studio visitors. Fidel's brother, Raul Castro, is the current president of Cuba. Take a look:
Bill de Blasio is the 109th Mayor of New York City. He follows three terms under Mayor Bloomberg. De Blasio was sworn in by former President Bill Clinton. De Blasio did not have to wait long for his first challenge which comes in the form of a winter storm. New York City is expected to get about eight to ten inches of snow, but it is the bitter cold that is to follow that may be the most dangerous part of the storm system. Here are some highlights of Bill de Blasio's inauguration. Take a look:
Here is a video of troubled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dancing at work. Ford, who has been parodied on SNL, danced during a council session. He had an excuse for his behavior this time as a band was was playing One Love. Ford was also not the only politician dancing. Take a look: