In an interview with NBC’s David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet The Press, VP Joe Biden told Gregory that he’s comfortable with gay marriage. His exact statement: “I am vice president of the United States of America, the president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction— beyond that.” In a move that disappointed gay rights supporters and activists, the White House seemingly immediately backed off the VP’s statement, with a tweet from the president’s top political adviser David Axelrod that reads: “What VP said-that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights-is precisely POTUS’s position.” President Obama himself is yet to speak out in full support of same-sex marriage.
Biden speaking his mind, in GIF form.
This is one of the most adorable politically-related photos I’ve ever seen.
Recent photo of a little boy visiting the White House. He wanted to feel Obama’s hair because he wanted to know if the President’s hair felt just like his. Obama obliged. Priceless.
“If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.” - President Barack Obama
President Obama will host the second annual White House Science Fair in Washington tomorrow.
“Fourteen year old Joey Hudy from Phoenix, Arizona is already a Maker Faire veteran,” reads the White House press release.
“He invented an Extreme Marshmallow Cannon and an LED Cube Microcontroller Shield, which he has exhibited at Maker Faires in New York, San Francisco, and Detroit. He received 2 Editors Choice Awards from Maker Faire, and has started a small business selling the microcontroller (Arduino) shield kits on several websites. As the World’s Largest Do-It-Yourself Festival, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation.”
RIP my cousin, Johnny Cash.
Johnny Cash passed away on September 12, 2003. Here he is with June Carter Cash and family, visiting President Carter in the White House in June 1977.
What’s your favorite Johnny Cash song?
Because you probably don’t know what a “teletype” machine looks like…
The White House to Kremlin “Hotline”
On August 30, 1963, The Kennedy White House announced the creation of a teletype “Hotline” between the Kremlin and the White House. The Hotline was established in the aftermath to the Cuban Missile Crisis - to be used only in an emergency to ensure clear communication between the President and the Soviet Premier.
The White House Hotline teletype machine was used for the first time for communication between President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexsei Kosygin during the Six Day War in the Middle East.
These days, the Hotline machine is on exhibit at the LBJ Library & Museum.
Richard M. Nixon’s Resignation Letter, 08/09/1974
Following the revelations stemming from the investigation of the Watergate break-in, President Richard M. Nixon resigned the Presidency in this letter dated August 9, 1974. The President’s resignation letter is addressed to the Secretary of State, in keeping with a law passed by Congress in 1792. The letter became effective when Secretary of State Henry Kissinger initialed it at 11:35 a.m.
The bust of JFK in the corner makes this scene downright eerie.
“President Lyndon B. Johnson listens to tape sent by Captain Charles Robb from Vietnam, 07/31/1968”, Jack E. Kightlinger, Photographer
In this White House photo taken by Jack Kightlinger on July 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson listens to a tape recording from his son-in-law Capt. Charles Robb, who was a Marine Corps company commander in Vietnam.