but i mean if hillary ever becomes president we can spend all our time worshipping bill’s sense of fashion like omg did you see that the First Gentleman’s mixing it up again with a trendy affordable undershirt and a stylish designer suit dang bill you just keep dazzling us again and again your spouse is the most powerful individual on the planet but we have to say your ability to pair clothes does our nation proud

The Almost-President

Daniel Webster had two chances to become president via the vice presidency. In 1840 the Whig party nominated William Henry Harrison for president and Harrison offered the vice presidency to Webster. Webster turned it down and Harrison died after a single month in office; his death would have made Webster president.

Eight years later Webster competed with Zachary Taylor for the Whig party’s nomination. Taylor won and invited him to be his running mate, and Webster again shunned the office, saying, “I do not propose to be buried until I am really dead and in my coffin.” Taylor won the White House and died 16 months afterward, which again would have made Webster president if he’d accepted.

The presidency of the United States itself is not an instrumentality which is going to help Black people in their struggle for liberation. You can have a liberal slave master or you can have a conservative slave master, but as long as his position is to be the master of the slave plantation, there’s little qualitatively that he or she will contribute to the people’s liberation.
—  Chokwe Lumumba, activist, attorney, and human rights advocate (1988)

anonymous asked:

How can Ted Cruz run for President if he was born in Canada?

Cruz was born to an American mother, so he had American citizenship at birth. Because he was born in Canada, he also had Canadian citizenship, but renounced his dual-citizenship a few years ago. 

The Constitution requires the President to be a “natural-born citizen”. It doesn’t explain much more than that, but that is taken by most (including me) to mean that someone who has to go through the naturalization process to become an American citizen is barred from the Presidency (along with anyone who isn’t a citizen, of course).

Ted Cruz didn’t have to go through a naturalization process to become an American citizen; he had citizenship from birth because his mother was an American citizen, even though she was living in Canada.

By the way, this is why the Obama “birther” movement was so stupid. Because even if Barack Obama was born in Kenya (and he wasn’t), his mother was an American citizen, so he would have had American citizenship from birth without having to go through a naturalization process.

A fundamental fact of modern political life is that the only way to advance a coherent agenda in Washington is through partisan dominance…

The boring fact of our system is that congressional math is the best predictor of a President’s success. This idea is not nearly as sexy as the notion that great Presidents are great because they twist arms in backrooms and inspire the American people to rise up and force Congress to bend to their will. But even the Presidents who are remembered for their relentless congressional lobbying and socializing were more often than not successful for more mundane reasons—like arithmetic.

In today’s Daily Comment, Ryan Lizza writes about the limits of President Obama’s power in the wake of the failed sequester deal: http://nyr.kr/XT5vgj


Photograph by Charles Dharapak/AP.

Imagine Shaundi having a second job in the White Crib besides Director of the Secret Service: Director of the Boss’s Wardrobe.

(“No, boss, you are not wearing a hot dog costume to your goddamn State of the Union address; now get over here so I can fix your tie, Jesus Christ, how have you never learned to do this, and don’t you dare say because you know I’ll do it for you, I will punch you in the mouth, you asshole.”)

Okay so I’m a history major, and I love history more then you could imagine. 

What really pisses me off though, is that the common perception is that George Washington was the first president of the United States. Yes, George Washington was the first version of the President that we all know of. 

But for the love of God, someone give John Hanson some credit. Hanson was the first president of the United States technically. In 1781 he was elected as the President of the Continental Congress. Aka, our form of government at the time. Meaning John Hanson was the first president of our country. 

I hate to be that annoying person that rants about nothing, but this bothers me more than anything in the world. John Hanson deserves some credit. And people should educate themselves about history before they ignorantly follow the public school system. 

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this:

  • a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
  • It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
  • It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
  • We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.
  • We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road. the world has been taking.

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

It calls upon them to answer the question that stirs the hearts of all sane men: is there no other way the world may live?

- President Dwight D. Eisenhower