January 12, 2015

That's according to a new memoir by Love, the president's former bodyman, according to The Washington Post. During a stop on the campaign trail in 2007, Love writes, he was visited by a friend from college who "ended up staying the night." The next morning, Obama strolled into his room.

I remember the most peremptory of knocks, the sound of his voice talking even as he walked in... He was charged up, going a mile a minute.

"Hey, Reggie, we need to go over the schedule" — at which point the senator finally noticed my friend in bed, covers pulled to her throat, mortified.

"Oh," he said. "I apologize." Then he turned around and hurried out.

"Was that?" she asked, face red.

"Senator Barack Obama," I said sheepishly. [The Washington Post]

Love's memoir comes out on Feb. 3. Ryu Spaeth

December 29, 2014

Pro tip for wedding planners: You might want to avoid golf courses when President Obama is in town.

That's the lesson that Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr., both captains in the Army, learned this weekend, after their wedding in Hawaii was forced to move locations due to a presidential round of golf, according to Bloomberg:

The golf course, located on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, is a regular stop for Obama when he's in the state, with the Ko’olau Mountains framing the front nine and majestic views of Pacific coastline spanning the back nine. It's also a favorite spot for Mallue, a golfing enthusiast.

Still, anyone planning an event at the course when the president may be in town is warned about the potential for last-minute shuffling, said Naile Brennan, manager of K Bay Catering, which was handling logistics for the wedding. Brennan said they had other sites ready to go, and the couple ended up choosing the lush, green lawn near the home of Colonel Eric Schaefer, the commanding officer of the base, which offers an elevated view near the 16th hole. [Bloomberg]

The new venue was supposedly even better. And the president called and apologized, reportedly making the happy couple's day. All's well that ends well? Ryu Spaeth

October 17, 2014

With ISIS gaining ground in Iraq and Syria and Ebola panic spreading in the U.S., not much is going right for President Obama these days. And now it turns out that the leader of the free world fell into a space-time wormhole last month that turned him into me, circa age 23, with the president revealing today that his credit card was rejected at a New York restaurant when he was in town for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

"My credit card was rejected," Mr. Obama said at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, making small talk as he signed an executive order aimed at protecting Americans from identity theft and credit card fraud.

"Fortunately, Michelle had hers." [The New York Times]

How could the president of the United States possess a bum credit card, you ask? We suspect it all goes back to the missing birth certificate. Ryu Spaeth

July 27, 2014

Mitt Romney 2014?

Americans are so down on President Obama at the moment that, if they could do the 2012 election all over again, they'd overwhelmingly back the former Massachusetts governor's bid. That's just one finding in a brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which shows Romney topping Obama in a re-election rematch by a whopping nine-point margin, 53 percent to 44 percent. That's an even larger spread than CNN found in November, when a survey had Romney winning a redo 49 percent to 45 percent.

Two years ago, Obama won re-election with about 51 percent of the vote.

Of course, the poll should be taken with a grain of salt. While Obama is actually taking on the tough task of leading the nation, Romney is sitting comfortably on the sidelines. Still, the finding comes as foreign and domestic crises have sent Obama's approval rating tumbling back to 40 percent, per Gallup.

Also in the CNN survey, a record-low 46 percent say Obama "shares [their] values," while only 49 percent say he is "sincere in what he says," also a record-low. Jon Terbush

July 25, 2014

In a new CNN poll released Friday, a whopping 33 percent of respondents said that President Obama should be "impeached and removed from office."

The number is slightly higher than previous CNN polls about whether Presidents Bush and Clinton should have been impeached, CNN notes in the poll data. The poll surveyed 1,012 American adults from July 18 to July 20.

Of course, the question of Obama's impeachment has a sharp partisan divide. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans said they want to impeach Obama, while only 35 percent of Independents and 13 percent of Democrats felt the same way.

The CNN poll also found that 41 percent of those polled approve of House Republicans filing a lawsuit against Obama. Meghan DeMaria

July 2, 2014

President Obama is the worst commander-in-chief since World War II, according to a plurality of Americans.

In a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, 33 percent of voters said Obama is the worst president since at least the 1940s. (The question used the end of World War II as its cutoff.) George W. Bush came in a close second with 28 percent, followed by Richard Nixon at 13 percent.

Now, the poll should be taken with a little grain of salt. Recent presidents are expected to stand out on a subjective ranking encompassing many decades because of their temporal proximity. How many respondents weren't even born when Carter ran the White House? Hence, though Obama is named the worst president of the bunch, he's also named the fourth-best.

That said, the poll is still a brutal one for the president. Fifty-three percent of voters disapprove of his job performance — and a 45 percent plurality say the nation would be better off had Mitt Romney won the 2012 election. Jon Terbush

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