Hot Mic Moments

The crazy things politicians and reporters have said when they thought the mic was off

By on May 13, 2016 at 11:22 AM.

The crazy things politicians and reporters have said when they thought the mic was off

In a world where most everything that comes out of the mouths of politicians, celebrities and athletes is either rehearsed or generic boilerplate, it’s always refreshing and downright entertaining when a hot mic catches someone famous joking around or talking off the cuff, completely oblivious to the fact that they’re still being recorded. In a world of prepared soundbites, it’s always preferable to learn what people really think about a given person or issue.

Just this week, for instance, we’ve seen an unusual number of hot mic stories make the news. Specifically, we heard Fox News reporter Geraldo Rivera call Bernie Sanders “so annoying” and British Prime Minister David Cameron tell the Queen of England (on video!) that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” and “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”

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Barack Obama Trump Roast

Watch Barack Obama roast Donald Trump then drop the mic in his final Correspondents’ Dinner

By on May 2, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Watch Barack Obama roast Donald Trump then drop the mic in his final Correspondents’ Dinner

If there’s one thing to look forward to every year, regardless of whether you follow politics or favor the sitting president, that’s the Correspondents’ Dinner. That goes double for a president’s final event – and probably triple when Donald Trump as one of the main contenders to take over the oval office.

That said, President Barack Obama’s last Correspondents’ Dinner was a show to watch: We’ve got plenty of hilarious jokes and segments, we’ve got a good Trump roast, and there’s even a mic drop at the end. More →

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Make Barack Obama Say Anything

Make Barack Obama say anything you want with this hilarious new website

By on April 17, 2016 at 11:45 AM.

Make Barack Obama say anything you want with this hilarious new website

You know those viral videos where some clever and exhaustive editing makes it seem as if Brian Williams is sort of singing along to Warren G’s song Regulate or that Barack Obama is casually performing Uptown Funk? Well, a new website lets users create similar videos on their own, albeit without the accompanying music.

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Apple Vs FBI President Obama

Barack Obama talks iPhone encryption, cautions against taking an ‘absolutist view’ and ‘fetishizing our phones’

By on March 12, 2016 at 1:30 PM.

Barack Obama talks iPhone encryption, cautions against taking an ‘absolutist view’ and ‘fetishizing our phones’

During an appearance at South by Southwest on Friday, President Barack Obama briefly touched on Apple’s ongoing legal saga with the FBI over mobile device encryption. While Obama didn’t necessarily take a strong stance on either side, he cautioned against taking an absolutist view on the hotly debated issue while also warning against “fetishizing our phones above every other value.”

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Obama State Of The Union

Watch Obama’s final State of the Union address right here

By on January 12, 2016 at 8:40 PM.

Watch Obama’s final State of the Union address right here

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will deliver one of his customary State of the Union addresses. But this one will be slightly different from speeches the president typically gives, and not simply because it will be streamed by additional services including Amazon Instant Video. Tonight’s State of the Union will be the last one delivered by President Obama, whose second term in the oval office will come to an end early next year. More →

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Donald Trump Vs Barack Obama

Trump slams Obama for watching ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By on December 31, 2015 at 11:31 AM.

Trump slams Obama for watching ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

If there’s one thing Republican presidential candidate and all-around nice guy Donald Trump has been good at during his media blitz, it has been taking any and every opportunity to attack rivals from the Democratic and Republican parties alike. Trump doesn’t pull any punches, launching barrages of insults and criticisms at every turn, regardless of whether they’re rooted in reality or in the bizarre alternate universe where Trump spends most of his time.

So now, let’s all take a moment out of our busy New Year’s Eve schedules to enjoy the latest attack Trump launched on current president Barack Obama. More →

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Obama ISIS Technology Encryption

Obama calls for better gun control, and for tech companies to help fight terrorism

By on December 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Obama calls for better gun control, and for tech companies to help fight terrorism

President Barack Obama all but called out encryption in a 15-minute Address to the Nation speech on Sunday night. The President touched on various subjects related to the recent terrorist attacks, explaining what the U.S. is doing to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Part of the country’s strategy against ISIS involves the ability of intelligence agencies to spy on potential suspects, though Obama didn’t explicitly mention encryption in his speech. Similarly, he did not call out any specific tech companies that currently encrypt their software or online services. More →

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TV
The Daily Show Jon Stewart Barack Obama

Jon Stewart tells Obama he’s running out of time to take away America’s guns and declare martial law

By on July 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Jon Stewart tells Obama he’s running out of time to take away America’s guns and declare martial law

President Obama made his final visit to Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show on Tuesday, as the famed host will soon leave Comedy Central’s acclaimed show. The two exchanged a bunch of hilarious remarks, but also talked about serious matters, including the Iran talks and the media. More →

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White House Hack: Obama's Emails

Russian hackers accessed Obama’s email in ‘worrisome’ White House hit

By on April 27, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Russian hackers accessed Obama’s email in ‘worrisome’ White House hit

Last year, hackers hit the unclassified computer network of the White House, accessing in the process the email correspondence between President Obama and some of the people he emails, or used to email frequently, The New York Times reports. Initially, the White House did not disclose this detail, and it’s not clear what kind of sensitive data has been stolen in the processes, but the Times learned the hack has been “more intrusive and worrisome” than publicly acknowledged. More →

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Obama CTO Interview

Life after Obama: Why the president’s 2012 campaign CTO left politics

By on April 13, 2015 at 1:10 PM.

Life after Obama: Why the president’s 2012 campaign CTO left politics

For the next chapter of their careers, two prominent technologists from the Obama 2012 re-election campaign decided to trade politics for the startup life, building some of their experiences and insights from the campaign into the foundation of their newly launched Chicago-based venture called Modest.

Modest’s co-founders are Harper Reed, the highly regarded CTO of the Obama 2012 campaign, and Dylan Richard, the campaign’s director of engineering. Reed tells BGR that he and Richard had been “hovering around ideas” about how to improve the e-commerce experience on mobile for a while now, well before the campaign. Outside of politics, for example, Reed’s past experience includes a stint as the CTO at T-shirt design company Threadless, while Richard is, in addition to a fellow Threadless vet, a former developer for Crate & Barrel. More →

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Barack Obama Hour of Code Event

Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to code

By on December 9, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to code

The 44th President of the United States happens to be the first president to write a computer program, Wired reports. Barack Obama on Monday hosted a special “Hour of Code” event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, during which he wrote a simple computer program that draws a square on a screen. More →

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Obama Big Papi Selfie

Did Samsung mess with the wrong president?

By on April 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Did Samsung mess with the wrong president?

After the recent Big Papi and President Obama selfie turned out to be a Samsung marketing setup, the White House took a hard stance against any company using the President’s image for publicity stunts, CNET reports. “As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” the White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday during the regular briefing. “And we certainly object in this case.” However, Carney did not reveal how the White House is objecting, and whether Samsung has been contacted to remove the image. More →

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Obama iPhone

Obama can’t use an iPhone even if he wants to – for ‘security reasons’

By on December 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

Obama can’t use an iPhone even if he wants to – for ‘security reasons’

President Barack Obama on Wednesday said during a healthcare-related speech that he’s not allowed to use an iPhone for “security reasons,” with Reuters describing him as a “very loyal” BlackBerry customer. The point Obama made was that iPhone-related bills combined with cable bills may top $100 per month, which is more than what people will pay for health insurance under his new healthcare law. More →

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